I love morning pages journaling! They are an excellent way to start the day. I have been doing morning pages consistently for a few months now, and I have to say they make a great addition to my morning routine.
I think everyone can benefit from doing morning pages!
Everthing I know about Morning Pages Journaling:
What are Morning Pages?
In her book, The Artists Way, Julia Cameron describes morning pages as three pages of longhand stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.
The key is not to overthink it and to be consistent as you can
There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages.
The key is not to overthink and to try to be as consistent as you can. It takes a little bit of time to get into a groove and to feel the benefits.
How to get started with morning pages:
-Use a pen that you love if you can
-Write about anything and everything that crosses your mind. ANYTHING.
–Write quickly (longhand works best) without judgment of neatness.
–Don’t think, write.
-Your morning pages are for your eyes only. Be free.
-Give it at least a month let the practice take hold
Why I love morning pages:
1. They help to clear my mind of all the clutter– Cameron says, “The pages are intended to sweep our consciousness clean.” And I believe it’s true!
2. Writing my thoughts helps me process my feelings– Letting my thoughts flow allows me to tap into and process my deeper, sometimes hidden feelings. -Julia says, ‘The pages are a pathway to a strong and clear sense of self.” I love that
3. Doing a brain dump seems to spark my creativity– Writing and writing for three pages seems to make space for new creative ideas-which has been super helpful as I’ve been struggling with some serious creative blocks lately this past year. #2020
” You don’t think about what you’re writing -you write about what your thinking.”
How I do Morning Pages Journaling:
- I do my morning pages as soon as I can after I wake up. I drink my water, take my meds, grab my coffee, and head my usual morning spot. Being in your happy place really helps.
- I have a journal and my favorite pen at the ready that I use ONLY for my morning pages. (and a special stash place for them since morning pages are private and for my eyes only)
- Most of the time, I listen to none lyrical music while I write my morning pages. This just helps me to relax and let go. And the words just seem to flow easier.
- I date the top of the first page, and off I go! I write in longhand as quickly as possible. I don’t think-I just write. It takes a little practice.
- When I’m finished, I stash my journal (remember…it’s for your eyes only!) and continue with the rest of my morning routine.
Morning pages take me about 10-20 minutes
Morning Pages only take about 5-15 minutes. It depends on the day and how much I’ve got rattling around in my head. For me, it’s worth every second of the time it takes.
Decide on an amount of time that fits into your morning and set a timer. If it’s just one minute, then OK. If you only write half a page instead of 3- it’s okay.
Do what you can. Whatever time you can commit to morning pages is excellent.
A few extra tips about morning pages:
Don’t edit your thoughts. Let your thoughts flow. No matter how crazy or seemingly “weird” the ideas are…do your best not to edit them. Tell your inner critic to hush.
AH-HA! Sometimes my pages include observations and thoughts from the day before or maybe even an epiphany or two! These are blessings from heaven.
Don’t worry about neatness or punctuation. When I first started, I was self-conscious of neatness (because I am a recovering perfectionist), but after a few days, I found it super freeing to write without judgment of how it looks or what I’m writing.
Even though I date my pages, I rarely go back and read them. And when I have, there was no benefit in doing so. Instead, I have found that it’s the act of writing the pages that help my heart, mind, and soul.
There’s no need to look back-you’re not going that way!
Some Morning Pages Prompts
Sometimes I find myself sitting with my pen in hand, just staring at the blank page. That’s when using a few prompts may help to get things started.
Here are a few journaling prompts that work for me:
- What do you see around you? Think about small details
- How do you feel? (Ie: happy, unsettled, excited, etc.)
- Do you remember your dreams from last night?
- Is there something bothering you?
- Close your eyes. What do you hear? (Ie: the dishwasher, wind chimes, etc.)
- What are you grateful for? Think of at least 3 things
- What scares you the most?
- Name three people you would like to reach out to.
- Who has been a positive influenacne in your life? Why?
- What are your gifts and talents? How could you use them?
- What do you feel passionate about?
- Name one thing that makes you angry. Why?
- Is there something that you are worried about?
- Do a body scan. What comes to mind?
- Name three things you would like to accomplish this year
- What do you like about yourself the most?
- What would you like to improve about yourself?
- Write 10 bucket list ideas
I’ve found Journaling prompts to be very helpful. It’s a good idea to make a list of prompts in the front or back of your journal so that you have them at the ready if and when you get stuck.
Morning Pages App
Yep! There is an app for everything these days! However, I have not tried this app because I love an old-school journal with paper and pen.
I have heard that many folks really like this one, so I wanted to provide the link in case you would like to give it a try. It’s $2.99 per month, which seems affordable, and it has a free 7-day trial.
Morning Pages App: Morning pages-daily journal
I highly suggest giving morning pages journaling practice a try!
I think you will be glad that you did!
I would love to hear what you think. Have you heard of morning pages? Do you already do them, or do you think you would like to give them a try?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time, be well!