Lately, I’ve come across the concept of Morning Pages, more often online. It’s been quite some time since I saw the first video, but yesterday I was reminded of it again, in Medium.
The basic idea is to write three pages in long-hand when you get up in the morning. A brain dump … a stream of consciousness. I just tried it for the first time. Three pages in long-hand sounds like quite the undertaking these days, but it was surprisingly easy. Not saying this is something I’ll commit to, but I don’t think it’s a bad idea. To put one’s thoughts and/or worries down on paper might help clear your mind.
They’re not supposed to be artful in any way, and not supposed to be read by anyone. I found it rather interesting what the guy wrote in Medium.
The practice of Morning Pages is simple: write three pages, long-hand, upon (or nearly upon) waking. No thinking, no analyzing, no stressing. Just write. Put pen to paper and squiggle it around until it forms words. What you write matters little. What matters is just that you write. Get whatever is at the forefront of your mind out of your mind and place it onto the page. Do not hold back. Do not judge. And do not stop until you’ve hit three pages.
When I tried this, now this morning, I didn’t stay focused on “just writing for the sake of it”, so I kept judging myself for all kinds of reasons — poor choice of words, my own handwriting and stuff like that. That, could easily be overcome, I think. Again, I’m not saying this is something I’ll commit to — one would think I’ve committed enough with this postaday-thing! What I’m saying is that it took a lot less time than I’d expected, and, at least for me, there’s a difference between typing on the keyboard and putting pen to paper.
The time it did take?! Sure, perhaps fifteen minutes or more (didn’t look), but time is all a matter of priorities anyway. If I felt this was something I’d want to do, I’d most definitely prioritize it over looking at funny GIFs in Facebook. This might not be ideal when you have five kids you need to feed breakfast, getting them into daycare and yourself off to work. I wouldn’t even dream of how they could find the time for this, but for a person like me, it’s definitely doable.
Here’s a link to the original Morning Pages.