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 …. 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 :-). amazing thing is that I have all my dairies from the age of 11 to 13 each day I wrote a few sentences, such discipline, it was probably what kept me in control at a hard time, parents divorcing, boarding school blah blah blah.. strange reading them now i am 39….. More posts like this, please. be — cool. Julia Cameron (author of the book you mentioned) saved my writing ass many years ago. Kudos for sharing!! These pages are not meant to be read. 2:09 "Keep the meditation first." Thanks for sharing your morning page, Tim . Do you only do one page or are you only showing one page? This post really spoke to me. Bought her book, The Right to Write, and starting reading it as I rode in the Boston Subway. Please let me know in the comments (click here), or I’ll never know. I suppose it depends on what’s the current goals. It helped me greatly when I decided to take up journaling. In the morning pages you sign an agreement beforehand, a contract to do them. I just have to work smarter on the results side of things. Related Videos. Highly recommended. With random incoherent thoughts popping up and distracting you throughout the day. Rarely more than one or two. I’ve found that since I’ve started my routine, many mundane illiterate thoughts have been eradicated. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Most probably yes! 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. Could bitching and moaning on paper for five minutes each morning change your life? It’s a necessity to an abundant life. That was a resolution to me in this year. Before I discovered Morning Pages, I had already established a journalling habit. I may well experiment with your journal approach though. It’s a way to cope with stress in life. 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. Is this what everyone else writes about?” But you’ve reminded me that that is unimportant. I don’t journal to “be productive.” I don’t do it to find great ideas, or to put down prose I can later publish. Yes! The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the most popular podcasts in the world with more than 500 million downloads. 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). I’m 21, and in my final year at university, with the fear of graduating and entering the ‘real world’ constantly looming over me, and I’ve been in a negative slump, bogged down by my own thoughts. 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. First, as you succinctly pointed out, it is indeed like spiritual windshield wipers (clears the focus even after a rough night). 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. Thanks! And sharing your real, personal example (tea brewer/infuser and all) is delightful and effective. 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. That’s how we’re gonna Every morning, Ferriss writes in a journal. But the fetters of even a modicum of professional success makes one feel like they have to play defense, or manage instead of conquer. Maybe, the five minute journal can be used to figure out your priority for the day while the morning pages is a word-vomit to bring clarity of mind as Tim said here. I highly recommend you to listen to a short audiobook by Jim Rohn called “How to Use a Journal” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qYHYMdniM. Cool. Enjoy the process , That’s just not true for lots of people is better to write them clear and correctly on an iPad, it has more meaning and you are not contributing to more garbage by wasting paper. A Livescribe pen will let you import your journaling into your computer, and you can also use it to take recordings of lectures. I think if you reflect back and think about what your original intention was, you’ll find a way to navigate back to that. I, myself, have been urged to start journaling daily. Tim Thanks! My daily journal tends to have a “log of accomplishments/activities” style to it. Tim makes a point of pointing out that, in practice, if he has hit three out of the five tasks above, then he considers himself to have “won” the morning. Love your stuff Tim, especially your last blog on journal writing. This is an excellent insight. Woke up at 7:30am, before everyone else. 7 Habits to Ditch in 2020 to Boost Productivity. I love this post so much. 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. Maybe if someone wants to take pictures of it with evernote then trash, or write on scratch paper that’s scannable…, Evernote is a nice idea and they let you insert scribbles too, you’ve got your principles, why not make them work for you . You are spot on with getting stuff out of your head so it doesn’t bounce around in there all day or night. The humanizing of public figures helps people realize that they can do great things too. crawl After thirty …im Training to draw the human body..doing Meditation every morning ..im learning langui. To my understanding, journaling is a lot like meditation. “Morning pages don’t need to solve your problems. Almost all “successful” people have a morning ritual. You always give something useful that you figured out and share it with us. I found this post and the previous post on “production tips for the neurotic and crazy” more heartfelt than your regular, scientific, ultra productive, “Superman of Silicon Valley” type stuff. Recommended By. Do you add black pepper for absorption? I personally leave my journal beside my bed and don’t visit it unless I’m doing my Morning Pages or nightly reflection routine. I began the same jounaling process recently. As crazy as it might seem, I believe the answer is yes. Anyway, thanks for you great work. The practice goes something like this: Every day, after you wake u p and before you do anything else, write three pages, longhand. You never know. 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. Thank you. The pages are purely for the process of writing. I have been bitching and moaning in morning pages since 1999. Productivity 5 Morning Rituals That Help You 'Win the Day' Want to have a day filled with positive momentum and fewer distractions? More, please! where do you get your tea? Crucially, Morning Pages are private. I find this my biggest road block to any writing I guess. First of all, thank you for your openness and honesty. Tim Ferriss: "Nearly every morning, I sit down with a hot cocktail of turmeric, ginger, pu-erh tea, and green tea. I’m really glad I got to read even this. Codified what I already knew intuitively. In other words, the process matters more than the product. Can you elaborate? Thank you for this post, Tim! 雷兵老 Bing says: July 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm. Right after he wakes up, he meditates and takes out his journal to tap into these higher realms of learning and creativity he calls “crystallised intelligence”. Most of you have probably experienced going about your way with unresolved conflicts in your mind. Kids who grow up with typing as natural may feel different. I want more like this. There is a lot to be said for writing in Evernote, but there is also a lot to be said for writing with pen and paper. I love the personal aspect these types of posts have! Hit me up. In a blog post from earlier this year, Ferriss said, “Morning pages don’t need to solve your problems. Thanks! Top post. I was just thinking of all the pages I have written down in journals… would they help others?? It’s Ted from the Quad Squad. Yes please!! What do I do first!? A few years back I start block off my Sundays for longer entries or to read past entries. I love it. For instance: I’ve realized conflicts between goals (become “successful”) and related side-effects one must manage (100x more inbound). 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. (Thanks to Brian Oberkirch for the inspiration. Ditto. I’m a huge fan of his work and trust his recommendations. If you need to destroy them to ensure that, go ahead: it's more important than keeping them for reference. Now what?! I saw you speak at the This Week in Startups LIVE event in SF back in September. 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. I’ve come to look forward to waking up to do my Morning Pages. I wonder if that is because we all grew up writing by hand so it feels natural. As usual, your writings and podcasts are a great inspiration. [Moderator: link and related content removed]. Tim Ferriss. It clears me out and gives me awareness of what’s going on behind the surface. I’ve been scribbling and doodling – even if it looks like chicken scratch much of the time. Therefore, if you feel strongly about keeping your obligations, a sense of honor about this, it might be helpful for you. , How do you make turmeric tea in a french press. Often it’s jibber-jabber, but if I’ve been ruminating on something overnight I’ll get high quality prose. I love to analyse and write about whatever jazzes up my curiosity. Things like this are what separate you from the rest. I’ve been urged to start journaling. Tim Ferriss. We all need to work on shedding persona(s) of perfection. Because it’s easy to imagine our heroes as unflappable juggernauts, who conquer insecurity with a majestic mental karate chop every morning. Your explanation is clear and for the first time I actually want to do it. I didn’t know where to start or how to start but seeing this shows me that what I have to do is to just start. We need more real stuff like this. Hope your well mate. 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. Morning Pages have become an essential part of how I start my day. A cluttered mind is the worst thing that can affect productivity…. Be sure to hit the heart so others can see it too and feel free to respond with your thoughts. And like Tim pointed out, it’s rather fascinating how empty your mind becomes after having written down your thoughts on paper. Thanks for sharing, Tim! I have a question, though. Mel’s friend. Next, I crack open [this book]." Thought-provoking post, I would love to see more like it! I would look at my notifications first to try and procrastinate. I saw you speak at the This Week in Startups LIVE event in SF back in September. One of the things that I have realized in life is that many of the best things are really simple but our complicated minds want to tell us they won't work for us. Or never again? Biography of the Dollar " "After 50 pages, I was able to hold my own discussing currency trading with a vice president at JP Morgan Chase." Or perhaps you’ve seen examples of their writing and thought to yourself, “Goddamn, that reads like the Gettysburg Address!” and become demoralized. 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. I’ve known the value of journaling and wanted to start it for many years but my perfectionist inclinations have held me back for not having something ‘worth’ journaling. . No censoring, rereading, crossing out. Good job. Sooo Meta. . Julia Cameron’s rules on Morning Pages are quite strict but not without reason. Container for ideas. This is another daily practice I’m juggling and haven’t quite found a groove between meditation, morning pages and object writing. Perhaps you want to beat an addiction, or achieve a goal. (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). You worded perfectly what I’ve long been using as a method of “thinking on paper”, which allows much more space than working memory. Yeah, this is something I’d love to know too. 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. Ray Dalio. I keep a morning journal myself, and sometimes I ask myself: “Is this what I should be writing about? I was overwhelmed by the hundreds of heartfelt comments, letters, and more that I received. Elon Musk: "A great biography of Ben Franklin by Isaacson. 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. read 45 books in 2014 and plan for 30 in 2015 to give more space for production and business building). Morning Pages are an exercise codified by Julia Cameron, in her book The Artist’s Way. When we sleep, there are subconscious breakthroughs and connections that we experience that still float around immediately as we wake up. Tim Ferriss New York Times best-selling author F. The Five Minute Journal Helps you focus on the good ... ☀ Morning Routine: You will be posed with three simple questions in the first moments after you awaken each day. Next, I crack open [The Artist's Way: Morning Pages Journal]" Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Walter Isaacson. Would you like more posts like this? I wasn’t depressed but thought that if I could be a happier person, I would have a more fulfilling life. Ive never been interested in journaling until now, so my question is this…. Meditation? It really made me smile : ). Close. Yes,I loved this raw entry. I have been delaying my journal ambitions because yes, I feel like my writing is so pathetic. I have done it in the past but only to get through stressfull times. Comment Rules: Remember what Fonzie was like? I am committed to making it stick this year, but sometimes the time requirement for 3 pages is a bit much in my morning routine (pickup house, eat, walk dog, exercise…). and yes please, more of these posts, love the insight. Josh Waitzkin, former chess prodigy and tai chi world champion explains that he makes requests to his subconscious before bed by thinking about problems he wants to solve. I dont know if im just a part of a big trend or.. but im also do the artists way ..ive learne a good. Typing is too speedy leading to a more emotionally detached experience. Definitely going to try this out. Tim – have you ever done “object writing” – Pat Pattison’s technique? It was under Brian Koppelman’s section in Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. Now I am doing it to help stay positive and meditate on improvement in all aspects of my life. BUT, when I do go back and re-read the journal posts I have made, you can definitely tell I was shedding some weight that allowed me more energy for the day. Is this journal entry in addition to the five minute journal? Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance (#55), https://rss.art19.com/episodes/c62bd9af-f4f6-4bb9-8022-754a79ef46df.mp3, All transcripts from The Tim Ferriss Show, “productivity” tips for neurotic and crazy people (like me), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qYHYMdniM, http://www.chookooloonks.com/beauty-of-different-2011/2010/12/29/journaling-101-a-primer-for-those-whod-like-to-start-a-pract.html, 11 Reasons Not to Become Famous (or “A Few Lessons Learned Since 2007”), The Best Books and Articles I Read in 2019, How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies. Koppelman recounted that he discovered the Morning Pages routine from a little book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Had given up on my writing ambition. I really appreciate the clarity of this perspective on journaling as well as the topic you wrote about. Yes I like these types of posts. It seems as though that journaling is a type of meditation and the way of relaxation. They also allowed me to just get a lot of s… out that had no where else to go! This is, of course, an illusion. posts like this are perfect. History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. 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 most powerful productivity hack I’ve ever used came from episode #2 of Tim Ferriss’ podcast.. Tim is up to episode episode #181 now, but for my money, episode #2 is still the gold standard. 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.”. Our guest today is Tim Ferriss. This is so true Renee. That all sounds pleasantly analytical. As long as you can keep that mindset while journaling, we want to see it! More posts like this. The sole purpose is to trap your problems onto paper so you can move on with your day. Your ten questions podcast and these type posts, all help me better understand and interpret what you provide. Tim Ferriss's 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog. They must be longhand because writing allows you to have time to process your thoughts better. Or is it because you feel you must be defensive and protect what you have: time, money, relationships, space, etc.? They really play a much bigger role than anticipated. It’s a way to document the happiness that you encounter in life as well. What did I really want to accomplish? [I was unsure of spelling]. Even if you consider yourself a terrible writer, writing can be viewed as a tool that you can and should use. It’s a bilingual book which I know you would like. One other point which I found interesting though is that when I was remiss in not writing it was like one feels when they did not floss their teeth in the morning – like one personally cut corners and it always seems to lay a guilt complex on me until I rectify it later in the day. I find I start a journal and then it last 2 or 3 days and I pick it up again in 6 months. What I noticed in your post about the Managing Editor position is that, and this is just my opinion Tim, perhaps you moved away from the real reason you started all of “this” to begin with. 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. .please continue with the mailing. I’ve also found the same to be true with morning pages on the few occasions I have done them. I’ve been journaling like this for the past 2 years almost every single day. Thanks Tim….I loved this post and you! Again, thank you for sharing. Thank you, Tim. Good post Tim. I’ve been keeping a daily journal for over a year but I run it as an evening activity (occasionally have to catch up the next day). I just purchased “The Artist’s Way” with hopes that it will help settle my overly ambitions mind. I would be curious to hear a comparison between the two and why you moved from one to the other. What was my original intention for the book? I love this honest commentary on how mess life can look like, feels like and yet you do have results. For the blog? 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 post = yes! You taking a page out of Altuchers book? They’ve helped me direct me towards areas of my life that need attention. I’m not sure I am any more successful but I must say that re-reading them 10 years later is entertaining at worst and has given me a few “aha” moments! I began by only journalling during emotionally charged moments to journalling every night. Morning journaling has proven to be super freeing for me and helps me to start my day with a clear head. Morning Pages … All the best. I enjoy these posts about everyday habits and how one can go about one’s day more effectively. How does the writing and tea fit into your morning routine alongside meditation? Great post Tim. . More posts like this Tim! I like this type of post. I already trust your abilities and effectiveness. 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. Part of the reason for that is you are free to be completely honest and uninhibited in getting those thoughts out. My Ultimate Morning Routine — for Those Who Don’t Have One, How to Avoid Burnout from Working on Simultaneous Projects. (Apologies if this comes in twice – I had an error with the first attempt to post a comment), Tim your candor, caring, specificity and quotability are a rare combination that spurs trust and interest and caring for you. Will experiment and see what results. More book consumption didn’t interest me, as I often use it to procrastinate. That way I can easily digitise the good stuff and get it into a word processable format. I highly suspect there is neurological patterns firing that link emotional aspects with the physical craft. 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. What I needed was a daily and meditative practice of production, like the tea ceremony. Karen at Chookooloonks also writes a lot about journaling and morning pages — see here: http://www.chookooloonks.com/beauty-of-different-2011/2010/12/29/journaling-101-a-primer-for-those-whod-like-to-start-a-pract.html. 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. Thank you Tim, I’m going to start writing as part of my AM ritual!! There are huge benefits to writing, even if no one — yourself included — ever reads what you write.