In one of my previous post, I wrote about the power of writing a journal and how it can help you to achieve clarity in your life and track your personal growth. I believe that if your life is worth living, you should record it down in a journal.
Not only does a journal helps to keep track of your life’s progress, sometimes it also helps to solve problems that you can’t solve when you are looking at it in the 1st person view. When you write down a problem in the journal, you can look at the problem in 3rd person view and sometimes this perspective can help you to solve a problem that you can’t solve previously.
Somehow, I feel great when I dump everything from my brain into my journal.
Morning Pages: What The Heck Is This?
Even though I kept a journal, I don’t have the habit to write it every day. I may update my journal a few days apart or sometimes even weeks apart. In short, I’m not consistent.
Recently, I was introduced to an idea called Morning Pages. It came from Julia Cameron from The Artist’s Way. Julia writes at least 3 pages (750 words) every morning and there are several benefits for doing so:
- Get in touch with your inner wisdom
- Rediscover your creativity
- Clear your head and gain clarity
- Better problem solving ability
- Identify positive and negative patterns in your life
- And much more benefits
I was a little hesitant at first because writing every morning for 750 words seems daunting to me. What if I can’t wake up in the morning? What if I can’t find something to write? What if what if what if…. heck. I’m in. If you don’t try, you will never know whether it is for you.
I wrote Morning Pages for 4 consecutive days and I am happy with what I am seeing. Even though it is just 4 days, I found much more clarity in my mind and less anxiety. I also use the Morning Pages to remind myself the goals that I had set in the year of 2011. (How is your progress on your New Year Resolution or Goals?)
I also dump in problems that I am currently facing and the obstacles that seem to always appear before me into my Morning Pages. Even though I had wrote Morning Pages for only 4 days, I started to identify small patterns in my life (obstacles that are blocking me from achieving my goals etc) and this allows me to find ways to replace negative patterns with positive ones.
I will continue writing for 21 days to see how well this habit works for me. With the progress I am seeing now, I believe I am definitely going to continue doing so even after 21 days.
What You Can Do Now: Taking Action Moment
- Go to www.750words.com (Create an account or log in through Facebook or Google. It is free.)
- Write 750 words every morning in the beautiful 750 Words site. I love the design of the website and how it works. There are badges for writing for consecutive days and many other features that rewards people who are consistent. You can go find out more in the their website.
- Tip for writing at least 750 words – Write anything that is in your mind. Write about your goals, your obstacles, what you think is holding you back, what you are grateful for, good or bad things that happened to you and anything that comes to your mind. Go on until you hit 750 words.
- Continue for 21 days.
- If you want more support or others for motivation, go to our HMS Facebook Page and I will be there if you have any question for me.
- You can also use HabitForge to help keep track and motivate yourself to complete your 21 days challenge.
Writing Morning Pages means that you got yourself a beautiful online journal and you will gain all the benefits that I had mentioned earlier. Try it out and tell me whether it works for you. At the end of 21 days, I think you will become a better writer too. 🙂
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