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Morning pages

Morning pages are 3 pages that record stream of consciousness thoughts, to help you untangle your mind.

The process is simple: you just have to sit down in the morning with paper and pen and write everything that crosses your mind, until you fill 3 pages.

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Does Your Brain have too many tabs open? Try Writing Morning Pages. -

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Prime your brain the night before

  • Identify your most challenging assignment
  • Get through the tough assignment. Start working on the project at the end of the workday. But don't finish.
  • Sleep. Let the brain do his thing.
  • Wake up and dump your thoughts onto paper.

Stick to it

Writing morning pages is supposed to be simple.

To make sure you stick to your writing ritual, wake up and don’t do anything else. Grab a notebook and write the pages.

Editing’s not allowed

Don’t check your spelling or grammar. Let your writing be no more than a simple draft. You're not making art, you're just engaging in a problem-solving process. 

This unstructured, unedited writing reflects your feelings and observations.

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Set a Regular Schedule

Setting up and sticking to it is one of the best ways to perfect your writing. 

Do it in the morning for best results, and break it up into small increments to avoid anxiety. Don't write during unscheduled times, either (though jotting down notes is okay—inspiration can strike at the strangest of times). 

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