I've recently started writing in a journal every morning - based on a suggestion from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way. Morning pages consist of writing three pages of handwritten thoughts into a journal every morning, and it must be done first thing - that means before checking your cell phone or looking at your computer or email messages.
I have found that it really does clear your mind and help you have a more thoughtful, organized day. I've been doing this for about a week now and noticed a difference after the very first day.
When you're writing morning pages, you don't have to worry about spelling, neatness, or grammar. These pages are for your eyes only and really are an exercise for your mind and spirit - so it doesn't matter WHAT you right, just THAT you write.
I've found that writing out my thoughts in the morning inspires me to be more organized in my day. I have also started using a scheduling app called Todoist that is helping to keep me organized on the go. There is a free trial for the paid version and a free version, which I am trying out right now.
One day I missed writing the morning pages - because it was a weekend out of town and I wanted to jump out of bed and join my husband outside for a walk with our dog, so I wrote in the evening instead. I think it was still helpful, and it proved to me that writing out your thoughts is a good mind clearing exercise - the next morning I noticed I didn't have as much to write about. It was actually even better to have written both in the evening and in the morning. However, I'm going to stick to just mornings!
Give morning pages a try, and let me know what you think!
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