I posted the picture below on Instagram today and had a lot of people comment asking about morning pages, so I decided I’d write this post to explain more about the how, what, and why!
What are Morning Pages?
The concept of morning pages comes from the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. Simply put, morning pages are 3 written in longhand to get rid of all the clutter in your brain. There is no wrong way to do morning pages. Just write anything that comes to your mind—seriously, anything goes.
Some days I write my to-do list. Other days it might sound something like this, “I don’t have anything to write today. I’m so tired. My feet are cold. I wonder where that blue blanket is. Josh better hurry. He’s taking too long in the shower . . . .” I also often write partial blog posts, or brainstorm new business ideas.
I know that might seem pointless, but I promise, by writing 3 full pages, you’ll get to the important stuff. You might find that your morning pages tend to be negative, fragmented, self-pitying, repetitive, and silly sounding. This is a good thing! All that petty stuff you write down in the morning is cluttering your mind and stands between you and your creativity.
It can be helpful to think of morning pages as a type of meditation that gives you insight and ultimately helps you change your life.
They help me figure out what I’m thinking. You know how it can help to talk something out with a good friend? That’s what morning pages do for me. I wander all over the place in them, but I’ve had some amazing insights by adding this practice to my morning routine. It’s honestly one of my favorite times of day.
I don’t write my morning pages in my Bullet Journal because I don’t want to use up that many pages, and my journal is a keepsake of sorts. I just use a cheap composition book because I go through them so quickly.
You can learn more about Morning Pages in the author’s own words on her website.
Have you ever done Morning Pages? I’d love to hear more about your experience with them in the comments below!
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