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Ideas for Morning Pages

Even though there are some recommendations on how to approach your morning pages, there really is no right or wrong way to do them. This is your personal mental playground. However, if you’re unsure how to start writing your morning pages, here
are some ideas that could help.

Dig into What’s on Your Mind

This is a popular choice for morning pages, as it’s great for clearing your head and ridding yourself of stress. You’re essentially playing your own therapist here by analyzing how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling that way.

The key here is to keep asking yourself “why” as you write about how you feel. The first paragraph or two may just be a surface-level look at things, but you’ll make more progress as you break down your thoughts further.

Let’s say you wake up feeling worried. In your writing, you can pinpoint exactly what’s causing that worry and how you’re going to handle it. If you hadn’t done your morning pages, you may have spent your whole day stressed.

Write a Plan of Attack for the Day

Your morning pages are the perfect place to write what you’re going to do that day, including everything from the mundane tasks to bigger goals. By writing all these in the morning, you’re less likely to forget anything.

One trick for improving your life when you plan out your day is to visualize everything as you go, and make sure you have a positive mindset about it.

For example, instead of just writing that you’ll be meeting with your project manager at work, write that you’re going to have a fantastic meeting with them where you’ll confidently explain how the latest project is coming along. Often all it takes is belief
that things will go well, and positive results will follow.

Have a Brainstorming Session

If you’re trying to get those creative juices flowing, you could use your morning pages to brainstorm new ideas. Sometimes you’ll find that ideas come naturally even as you’re writing about other things. You could be writing about a recent annoyance,
which then gives you an idea for a new product.

It can also be helpful to dedicate entire mornings of journaling to brainstorming, though. Your morning pages give you a place to work through ideas, even ideas that may seem silly at first. Remember that not every idea is going to be brilliant, but you
should still give them all a chance.

Combining Different Ideas

As you decide how you’re going to approach your morning pages, consider combining different ideas and giving them each a portion of your writing. You could spend your first page and a half on getting your thoughts down and clearing your
head, and then use the next page and a half on what you’re going to do that day or week.

Or you can just dive in and see where your writing takes you. It’s fine to start your morning pages talking about how tired you are and how much you’d rather be sleeping. The stream-of-consciousness approach tends to work very well for morning
pages, and you may be surprised with what you come up with.

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