It’s a way to cope with stress in life. I like that you posted this. I once did that, with evernote (typing, as opposed to writing on paper~to save paper) but I found over time that I made a good stash as scribblings that I cannot appreciate reading compared to a physical book/journal. Yes, keep writing posts like this, and as you always do. I find that my first page is usually filled with complaining, anger and banalities but as I move on with my pages I discover more depth in my writing as it moves towards what I could improve on, how I could make the day great and what I’m grateful for. Love your stuff Tim, especially your last blog on journal writing. Thanks Tim. I think it’s great to share ideas I write a lot down. That way I can easily digitise the good stuff and get it into a word processable format. My currently nightly routine involves one journal page asking two questions: These two simple questions prevent me from rambling on about the ordinariness of most of my days and target the deliberate practice of self-improvement and gratitude. Brilliant post, thank you! That is what I do most days. You don’t want to be stream of consciousness writing all day. Great read. Great perspective, This post was fun and more like it would be great, but a word of feedback – 7:30 in the a.m. seems a little early to be worrying about your spelling. For someone who’s “won” through a lifetime of offense, of attacking, playing the defensive game conflicts with the core of who they are. 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That’s why I have set a role to read less in 2015 (i.e. I’m obsessed. Although I find many of your posts in the latter category incredibly informative, this post and the one mentioned above have a humanness quality about them which helps people identify with you better and is inspiring in a different way. I joined the hype and bought a copy. Codified what I already knew intuitively. Sometimes you sit down, look at the paper, and think - what is something new I can write today, think of today, say to myself, etc. I think if you reflect back and think about what your original intention was, you’ll find a way to navigate back to that. Currently Tim has 3 tools for relaxing note-taking: an insight notebook to brainstorm interesting goals and ideas; morning pages to write about whatever disturbs the peace of mind; and, finally, the Five Minute Journal to gain focus and appreciation. I’ve found that since I’ve started my routine, many mundane illiterate thoughts have been eradicated. Tim is an author of 5 #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers, investor (FB, Uber, Twitter, 50+ more), and host of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast (400M+ downloads). Your ten questions podcast and these type posts, all help me better understand and interpret what you provide. I’ve come to look forward to waking up to do my Morning Pages. Or is it because you feel you must be defensive and protect what you have: time, money, relationships, space, etc.? Keep it up. I started getting up early to do a creative burst after being inspired to do so by Josh Waitzkin on Episode 2 of the Tim Ferriss show. It’s a Sunday, so I feel I can take it slow, which is probably the reason it feels great. Sooo Meta. Thank you Tim, I’m going to start writing as part of my AM ritual!! This is another daily practice I’m juggling and haven’t quite found a groove between meditation, morning pages and object writing. Morning Pages means sitting down first thing every morning and writing 750 words, which, at 250 words per page, is 3 pages of handwriting. Next, I crack open this large-format paperback (pic from my Instagram): To be honest, I never read the original Artist’s Way, which was recommended to me by many mega-bestselling authors. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. Completely agree. Also, as someone who spends most of his waking hours staring at a computer, it is good to have any excuse to write physically, rather than type. A Livescribe pen will let you import your journaling into your computer, and you can also use it to take recordings of lectures. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s literally world changing. Thought provoking read as usual Tim! I loved your original “oversharing” post. History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. Bought her book, The Right to Write, and starting reading it as I rode in the Boston Subway. Chet Scerra says: July 27, 2015 at 10:32 am. Therefore, I need to divest myself of assets that require “protecting,” or I need to better delegate this responsibility. Tim is an author of 5 #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers, investor (FB, Uber, Twitter, 50+ more), and host of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast (400M+ downloads) (Geez Leweez!). My biggest concern is that I couldn’t write something as “flowing” as this, it reads like prose to me whereas whatever I write tends to be more like a poorly translated instruction manual. I’ve also found the same to be true with morning pages on the few occasions I have done them. The pages are purely for the process of writing. Yes I like these types of posts. It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas. Let’s see if this works to somehow get it to you. Often it’s jibber-jabber, but if I’ve been ruminating on something overnight I’ll get high quality prose. Yes! Julia Cameron (author of the book you mentioned) saved my writing ass many years ago. It’s also a gentle way to wake up. I tried Cameron in the past, and it did not work for me. Why should Monday or Tuesday be any different? I continue to learn from you and your mutuality mindset & your capacity to attract diverse allies which enables you & your allies (who love to be interviewed by you & otherwise aided) to collectively learn more and make smarter decisions faster. Great post! It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas. I like this type of post. They’ve helped me direct me towards areas of my life that need attention. Comment Rules: Remember what Fonzie was like? Instead of focusing on consumption, dumping your thoughts onto a paper has helped me remove many worries from my mind and achieve a deeper sense of clarity. I really enjoyed that. Cheers. Thanks so much for sharing! Love it. What intrigued me the most was Brian’s following quote: Of the people 100 people I’ve given [the book] to, maybe ten of them have actually opened the book and done the exercises. When we sleep, there are subconscious breakthroughs and connections that we experience that still float around immediately as we wake up. But what I found for me is that the act of writing on paper provides additional revelations… my handwriting alone is sometimes a window into the nature of my emotional truth that I may be trying to suppress. As a business owner, your points on “the conflicts between goals and related side effects one must manage” and “A feeling that you’re constantly choosing from someone else’s buffet instead of cooking your own food?” really struck a chord with me… and perhaps made me feel a tad bit more sane in the process :-). There are still people waiting regardless. where do you get your tea? As Buddhism teaches us (with a little of my twist) this is gorgeously and inspiringly ‘temporary’. Now what?! I’ve done morning pages for 10 years now (I’m only 28) and I’ve noticed weird patterns — where sometimes it makes bad days worse. Good job. Thank you for reading! Even if you consider yourself a terrible writer, writing can be viewed as a tool that you can and should use. There is no criticism or standard in which the quality of them are measured. Thanks for sharing your morning page, Tim Reply. Ferriss is an angel investor and advisor to startups. I will start a journal tomorrow to write down all the nonsense stuff that is on my head in the morning. Perhaps you want to beat an addiction, or achieve a goal. Not just how and why we journal… but also the contents of your morning page. It seems as though that journaling is a type of meditation and the way of relaxation. In the morning pages you sign an agreement beforehand, a contract to do them. You mentioned something during the event about the concept of morning papers, which I found really intriguing. The Tim Ferriss Show covers topics ranging from personal and character development, to morning routines and meditation habits of celebrities, CEOs and sportspeople like LeBron James, also covering occasional posts about writing, venture capital, metaphysics and even acting/movies. Things like this are what separate you from the rest. Therefore, if you feel strongly about keeping your obligations, a sense of honor about this, it might be helpful for you. It’s amazing to read and relive the memories in my head and think about the good times we had together (as well as the tough times in our relationship). I would enjoy reading more posts like this on here in addition to the super hero type stuff. Anya. Recommended By. I love this post so much. I want more like this. You worded perfectly what I’ve long been using as a method of “thinking on paper”, which allows much more space than working memory. I really love the idea of a morning routine like this. For sure, these are my favourite type of blog posts. As crazy as it might seem, I believe the answer is yes. While I can’t completely understand why they work the way they do, their practical benefits have displayed enough for me to continue the process. (I also keep a separate sheet of paper nearby for “to-dos” as they come to mind; I jot them down and go back to writing). It’s not always easy to live a transparent life, but I’m sure you’ll find that people appreciate you doing so because it helps to remind us that you have challenges too. And perhaps now is a good time to ask yourself, why did I start the 4HWW? I have to laugh to myself at times when i think “if anyone ever reads this muck, they’ll get the impression I was extremely unhappy or frustrated all the time.” And the contrary is more the rule, probably because I do journal all the gunk out of my head. This is so true Renee. The humanizing of public figures helps people realize that they can do great things too. . Morning pages are, as author Julia Cameron puts it, “spiritual windshield wipers.” It’s the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found. Tim Ferriss. I may well experiment with your journal approach though. The practise has been transformational, I am now well established on a book project and wholly committed to finishing it. One thing I do is, if something strikes me as something memorable, I’ll make a quick note in the margin. The sole purpose is to trap your problems onto paper so you can move on with your day. After many years of doing morning pages, I found many insights and understanding of experiences. Compromise: I saw one blog post on the internet where a guy went paperless with his tablet (and sometimes stylus). Writing straight to keyboard is too fast for our minds to think and so writing more slowly and deliberately gives us time to understand what we’re … It helped me greatly when I decided to take up journaling. Productivity Can Make You Happy, Have You Ever Thought About That? Half your luck you’ve got a tame little monkey mind buddy…some days I get so lucky, other days I wake up with a pack of wild dogs in my head. Or perhaps you’ve seen examples of their writing and thought to yourself, “Goddamn, that reads like the Gettysburg Address!” and become demoralized. The three pages rule serves to help you get past the platitudes in the forefront of your mind, but restricting you so there is no overindulgence in the practice. Ditto. To quote her further, from page viii: “Once we get those muddy, maddening, confusing thoughts [nebulous worries, jitters, and preoccupations] on the page, we face our day with clearer eyes.”. It wasn’t until bestselling author Tim Ferriss recommended journaling in his morning routine that I started to reconsider my stance. I think you have to push yourself to really dig deep. They simply need to get them out of your head, where they’ll otherwise bounce around all day like a bullet ricocheting inside your skull.”. The thoughts are then brought back into the mind if and when we choose. Good post Tim. Morning Pages are an exercise codified by Julia Cameron, in her book The Artist’s Way. Release valve. Part of the reason for that is you are free to be completely honest and uninhibited in getting those thoughts out. 1. and yes please, more of these posts, love the insight. We just released the book of my friend Valerios journal (includes his blog post, Facebook messages, sms and personal journals) of the world record breaking journey. In short, thanks for the posts. Then everything seems better. Please! read 45 books in 2014 and plan for 30 in 2015 to give more space for production and business building). Are both being used for different reasons Tim or do you favour the morning pages? Recently, in my hazy tiredness of the morning I’ve reached for my journal because of the sheer joy I experience from writing the pages. Definitely going to try this out. Helps me know I am not alone, and have more in common with you then I thought. .ches (Obviusly still in proces) i wrestell with guitar..i mean..sine i found a one fits all teach-inspire. Your explanation is clear and for the first time I actually want to do it. I’ve been doing morning pages for about six months and I find it’s a great way to clear out all the junk and concentrate on the rest of the day. Would you like more posts like this? They really play a much bigger role than anticipated. That was a resolution to me in this year. As you said, a journal is for no-one else’s eyes. For the blog? yes I was only reading about doing this today in another book, so if it works for you then my question is how long do you spend doing this …. Close. Just keep going no matter how illiterate you are. I would love to send you a copy. Completely agree. P.S. Is it because of the 100x more inbound, which decreases a feeling of self-directed free will? And sharing your real, personal example (tea brewer/infuser and all) is delightful and effective. Morning Pages are now a crucial part of my morning routine. Let’s now delve a little bit deeper into each one of these habits and tasks so you can better incorporate them into your life. 2:09 "Keep the meditation first." When I saw this I was reminded of the donation you made to our cause and thought I would let you know that we published Valerio journals of the world record breaking journey. Thank you healingprim, as your comment helped me resolve my dilemma of weather I should begin keeping an online journal or write it down on paper. While I had already understood the psychological benefits of journalling and that the cloudy grogginess in the morning was associated with creativity, Morning Pages still surprised me in their effectiveness. running the controls. Before I discovered Morning Pages, I had already established a journalling habit. Highly recommended." Elon Musk: "A great biography of Ben Franklin by Isaacson. I’ve been urged to start journaling. 2) I’m just caging my monkey mind on paper so I can get on with my fucking day. Rarely more than one or two. Morning Pages emphasise depth over velocity. I’ve typed out the text below the image, as it’s easier to read. I like this. Feels great. Critical is fine, but if you’re rude, we’ll delete your stuff. They simply need to get them out of your head, where they’ll otherwise bounce around all day like a bullet ricocheting inside your skull. Te esperamos! Hope your well mate. Morning Pages have become an essential part of how I start my day. Leo Babauta on Zen Habits, Antifragility, Contentment, and Unschooling (#488). A while back, I bared my soul in a post about “productivity” tips for neurotic and crazy people (like me). At least it’s made me spend a lot of time and money seeking stillness and they’ve been a blessing in disguise for that. The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the most popular podcasts in the world with more than 500 million downloads. From one of your most die hard fans, your authenticity is appreciated. screen strain my eyes. Thank you for this post, Tim! I’ve always thought it seems like a stupid waste of time. They no longer need to be proven. That way I can easily digitise the good stuff and get it into a word processable format. I have a question, though. . Jan 28, 2015 - History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. This is the kind of posts I like: Your spontanious reactions…and “solutions” to day to day life and preoccupations. I’ve written about almost everything from people in my life to new discoveries it is raw as well. Here's what author Tim Ferriss does to make it happen. You are making clear things that were not acute to yet so please continue to do so. I would be curious to hear a comparison between the two and why you moved from one to the other. One of the main supplemental rules that Tim Ferriss included in The 4 Hour Body was to get 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking. Mel’s friend. Release me from the problems and the stresses of the day, and give me a sense of good feeling with the good things that happen in that day! I’ve been journaling like this for the past 2 years almost every single day. , Yay for you – and Paper! Lastly, the reason it works for me is because it’s so easy (wake up, throw on a hoody and write), no high level thinking required. Like a legion of others I always learn something from your writing or talking. My daily journal tends to have a “log of accomplishments/activities” style to it. Send more posts like this our way! In other words, the process matters more than the product. I would look at my notifications first to try and procrastinate. It seems to be important to journal because it’s one of the best ways one can cope with stress, or aluminate the happiness in one’s life. It has been selected for "Best of Apple Podcasts" three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it's been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions. Paper: I used to have beautifully written/drawn journals, but it became a bunch of real estate in a box that I don’t particularly want to keep/read, and the shape/quality is difficult to scan to computer. It’s always helpful to see behind the curtain at the stressed out little man (who you callin’ little!?) Reading this post, encourages me to stop thinking about journaling and to start journaling. Here’s a quote I thought you might enjoy: “The bridge builder’s position is always an uncomfortable one, apt to be shot at from both sides…Bridge building may be risky work, but somebody has got to do it, because the need is great…” Michael Cardew, “Pioneer Potter,” 1969. It’s funny how we work and aim and strive to get to a point where people wait for us, not the other way around. After hearing Brian Koppelman talk about morning pages on his podcast as well as you talk about them on yours, along with this post, that’s the last push I needed to start them. How to Create a Better Morning Routine . Of those ten, seven have had books, movies, TV shows, and made out successful. 7 Habits to Ditch in 2020 to Boost Productivity. I keep a morning journal myself, and sometimes I ask myself: “Is this what I should be writing about? I already trust your abilities and effectiveness. But perhaps the real value is that…. Also when looked at your instagram when reading your email saw Federico Aubele and I listened to his music and fell in love with, completely unexpected side effect. love this post. Aren’t we smart? I myself, have been contemplating implementing journaling in my daily life. Most people you see on magazine covers have plenty of mornings when they’d rather hide under the covers all day long. No censoring, rereading, crossing out. 6. This post really spoke to me. Again, thank you for sharing. It clears me out and gives me awareness of what’s going on behind the surface. Is raw as well which can only help release yourself journal at –! 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