Evigno Habit 2: Morning Pages

Please consider reading the introduction for this post.

My second habit of the day are the Morning Pages, an idea I got from a book my aunt gave me called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
In the authors own words: Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages — they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind — and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page.

I liked the idea of having a consistent writing ritual every morning and so I began one day in the summer holidays of 2009 and never (really) stopped until today. I adapted the practice from time to time and I don’t bind myself strictly to a certain amount of pages anymore — but I still write down first thing after waking-up what’s going on in my head. Every morning begins with the Morning Pages but the writing continues throughout the day and becomes a journal and a protocol of my life.

I don’t want to rely solely on my head to save ideas and memories. With the time the mind just makes this big memory-soup out of all things in the past and important details often get lost. But it’s not merely about the memories but all the things you have learned along the way, about life and about yourself. I see journaling as a cornerstone of self-progression.

Essentially it’s all about self-reflection and this is something I find truly important. Writing down what, how and why you are doing what you are doing gives you a clear view on your work and how you are spending your time and energy, clarifying your intentions and priorities.

Little note on the procedure:
Every single morning I create a new textfile for the day stored in a great app called NvAlt which is synced to the cloud with Simplenote. On the top of the file I have my Evigno Habits (to be marked off) and below space for thoughts throughout the day.

Last words:
For me, writing has become an irreplaceable tool. It’s my self-therapy and problem-solver. When I’m stuck with something I write about it. The mere act of transfering your thoughts to written words can move mountains. I found that this process generates ideas, solutions … and after all: makes me happy.

So even if you only jot down some notes for each day it is a wonderful habit I recommend to anyone.