Less than a month ago I was debating whether Morning Pages were still worth the time and energy anymore. At that writing, I recommitted myself to writing daily and promised to check in with my thoughts.
Because I’m getting up to write morning pages, I’ve started cultivated a writing routine that I felt was impossible to have. I know, I know. It’s only been a month. But in that month, I have written and published more blog posts than ever before. I’m always worried that because I have three little kids, a husband, a home, and a job that I simply don’t have the space in my life for the things that energize me. But what I’m finding is that I didn’t have the momentum.
Writing morning pages first thing has helped me shake off my early morning grogginess. I roll out of bed, get my coffee, and sit at my desk. I pick up my pen and don’t think I have anything to write about, but I work through all of those barriers just to get something, anything, onto the page.
At some point during the writing session, I turn toward the day’s goals which almost always include some writing and some reading, even if it’s not a lot. I decide what I want to write about that day. Sometimes I even jot down a quick outline of my goals and intentions for the post. And then, when my morning pages are complete, I pivot over to my computer and just start.
And just like that, I have a blog post started and a plan for it ready to go. I’m not sitting at a blank screen, trying to wake up, and waiting for an idea to come to me. The pump is primed. I’m ready to go. I have a goal, the momentum, and a plan.
So, to answer my question about whether morning pages are still worthwhile: without a doubt, yes they are! And if you want to read the primary source on morning pages, read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way!