Daily writing is a tool I use to stay focused in my life. Every morning I wake up before my partner, I make a cup of tea, light a candle and write for at least 10 minutes. There is no form to this writing. It is simply words out of my brain and onto paper. For the longest time it was a physical journal and a pencil that kept me sane. Recently I started writing on my computer in the mornings. The practice helps to clear my mind of whatever is washing through it. It is a time when I give myself complete freedom and forgiveness. It is a release and cleansing. It makes room for what I have to focus on for my day.
The practice helps to clear my mind of whatever is washing through it. It is a time when I give myself complete freedom and forgiveness. It makes room for what I have to focus on for my day.
When I was in school to become a health coach I was introduced to the practice of Morning Pages. Julia Cameron has taught the practice for more than two decades. The concept is simple and opens so many doors. She advocates three handwritten pages every morning. I find that to be too much for me, I have other pieces of my morning ritual that I need to get to before my work day begins. But the premise of sitting with myself and giving my brain the freedom to dump is very important to my sanity and focus.
There are a few strategies that you can commit to, to cultivate new habits like writing.
- Try something for 30 days.
- Be consistent.
- Block out time on your calendar.
- If you miss a day, it's okay. Do it the next day. Jump back in. Pick up where you left off.
Give yourself the chance to really create lasting change by committing to the investment. Because if you give yourself the month to learn the habit, then you will crave it, you will start to depend on it.
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