Thank you for reminding me that this one weird thing I do on a daily basis really keeps me on track for doing great things. In this post, I’ll show you what my raw morning journal looks like. Let them wait. More book consumption didn’t interest me, as I often use it to procrastinate. It’s not always easy to live a transparent life, but I’m sure you’ll find that people appreciate you doing so because it helps to remind us that you have challenges too. Keep inviting us in on your journey. More posts like this Tim! Appreciate point #2. I saw you speak at the This Week in Startups LIVE event in SF back in September. How does the writing and tea fit into your morning routine alongside meditation? Thank you. Tim Ferriss's 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog. Cool. My top tip is to use a Livescribe Smartpen. After seeing your sample journal entry, it gives me motivation to start journaling as well. I am doing the 5 Minute Journal now and it seems better adapted to my needs. Of those ten, seven have had books, movies, TV shows, and made out successful. I’m curious if you picked a particularly benign morning of writings to show us? running the controls. A lot of people refer to it on forums, but do you even know where this “30 in 30” came from? Leo Babauta on Zen Habits, Antifragility, Contentment, and Unschooling (#488). I find writing “just for the hell of it” in Morning Pages to be liberating. I definitely would love to see more posts like this. 2) I’m just caging my monkey mind on paper so I can get on with my fucking day. Paper: I used to have beautifully written/drawn journals, but it became a bunch of real estate in a box that I don’t particularly want to keep/read, and the shape/quality is difficult to scan to computer. Writing straight to keyboard is too fast for our minds to think and so writing more slowly and deliberately gives us time to understand what we’re … I stopped doing morning pages years ago for no good reason but they were a cool way to dump mental clutter. [Moderator: link and related content removed]. I may well experiment with your journal approach though. If you enjoyed this story, follow me for more. The pages are purely for the process of writing. This is what I most want from you these days. Thought-provoking post, I would love to see more like it! I loved this post Tim. Will be trying this. Cameron advises us to stop at three pages to prevent ‘self-involvement and narcissism’. Here's what author Tim Ferriss does to make it happen. These pages are not meant to be read. Doing Morning Pages the Tim Ferriss Way Is Now Easy. Reply. Highly recommended." It’s been a year since I first discovered morning pages. Compromise: I saw one blog post on the internet where a guy went paperless with his tablet (and sometimes stylus). I think the pros and cons are nice to consider . Ray Dalio. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s literally world changing. That’s why I have set a role to read less in 2015 (i.e. The paper vs digital conundrum… I’ve switched back and forth many times. 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. I’m a huge fan of his work and trust his recommendations. It’s really cool how people start their days in so many different ways. 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. That’s part of the reason I journal at night – to help me sleep better. They also allowed me to just get a lot of s… out that had no where else to go! Saludos desde Buenos Aires. I love #2. 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. History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. Productivity vs. Please! 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. Crucially, Morning Pages are private. This is Ted from the quad squad. 雷兵老 Bing says: July 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm. For instance: I’ve realized conflicts between goals (become “successful”) and related side-effects one must manage (100x more inbound). I myself, have been contemplating implementing journaling in my daily life. I’ve typed out the text below the image, as it’s easier to read. A feeling that you’re constantly choosing from someone else’s buffet instead of cooking your own food? It just feels more primal as well which can only help release yourself. 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. Instead of focusing on consumption, dumping your thoughts onto a paper has helped me remove many worries from my mind and achieve a deeper sense of clarity. Cue Get Shorty! 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. Thank you. I don’t think I got everything but interesting nevertheless. Keith, it’s better than nothing but leaves it short as a large benefit of writing with the hand comes with its physical aspect. Thanks for sharing you’re human too. I enjoy these posts about everyday habits and how one can go about one’s day more effectively. Thought provoking read as usual Tim! You never know. I would love to send you a copy. Inspirational and educational. There are huge benefits to writing, even if no one — yourself included — ever reads what you write. On a really stressful day, I just wrote the f-word down for the first 3 minutes. I always noticed several things when I kept my daily journal up to date. I would look at my notifications first to try and procrastinate. 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…). Ferriss is an angel investor and advisor to startups. That’s how we’re gonna 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. This runs counter to my DNA, which leads to unhappiness. Sorry I misspelled your last name in my comment. Brilliant post, thank you! [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. Get Your Own Five Minute Journal today - http://www.fiveminutejournal.com. This is another daily practice I’m juggling and haven’t quite found a groove between meditation, morning pages and object writing. Morning Pages are now a crucial part of my morning routine. All the best. Currently Tim has 3 tools for relaxing note-taking: an insight notebook to brainstorm interesting goals and ideas; morning pages to write about whatever disturbs the peace of mind; and, finally, the Five Minute Journal to gain focus and appreciation. I have always journaled for as long as I can remember. I love seeing other folks morning routines. If you have to burn the pages, you can. I have attempted to make morning pages a habit for years. They must be longhand because writing allows you to have time to process your thoughts better. 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. Thanks so much for sharing! (If she’s still doing it the same way?) This is, of course, an illusion. where do you get your tea? 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. We need more real stuff like this. 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. Tim Ferriss: "Nearly every morning, I sit down with a hot cocktail of turmeric, ginger, pu-erh tea, and green tea. And like Tim pointed out, it’s rather fascinating how empty your mind becomes after having written down your thoughts on paper. Te esperamos! Then everything seems better. Morning Pages are one of these things that sound so simple that you don't think they could ever work for you. Things like this are what separate you from the rest. You worded perfectly what I’ve long been using as a method of “thinking on paper”, which allows much more space than working memory. I’ve found that since I’ve started my routine, many mundane illiterate thoughts have been eradicated. It’s also a gentle way to wake up. I have nothing to add to Renee’s comments. 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. Great post! 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. Keep it up. I think you have to push yourself to really dig deep. Also when looked at your instagram when reading your email saw Federico Aubele and I listened to his music and fell in love with, completely unexpected side effect. Tim – Your humility and transparency are inspiring. Any recommendations? I dont know if im just a part of a big trend or.. but im also do the artists way ..ive learne a good. Do you think this particular journal inspires or would you get the same effect with a blank journal? crawl After thirty …im Training to draw the human body..doing Meditation every morning ..im learning langui. 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. Why should Monday or Tuesday be any different? 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. That is what I do most days. I find this my biggest road block to any writing I guess. My hope for you, is that in doing this, it will help you mitigate some of the pressure you’re currently experiencing. Related Videos. I keep a morning journal myself, and sometimes I ask myself: “Is this what I should be writing about? They give us all hope that we, with all our flaws, can also be as productive and amazing as you. Every morning, Ferriss writes in a journal. Next, I crack open this large-format paperback (pic from my Instagram): To be honest, I never read the original Artist’s Way, which was recommended to me by many mega-bestselling authors. I want more like this. I’ve also found the same to be true with morning pages on the few occasions I have done them. I really enjoyed that. 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. First, as you succinctly pointed out, it is indeed like spiritual windshield wipers (clears the focus even after a rough night). Yes, keep writing posts like this, and as you always do. “Morning pages don’t need to solve your problems. 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. Please do not put your URL in the comment text and please use your PERSONAL name or initials and not your business name, as the latter comes off like spam. Are both being used for different reasons Tim or do you favour the morning pages? 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. 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) 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.”. That way I can easily digitise the good stuff and get it into a word processable format. I recently read you actually were doing the 5 Minute Journal and not Cameron’s Morning Pages. Just keep going no matter how illiterate you are. So why not? As Buddhism teaches us (with a little of my twist) this is gorgeously and inspiringly ‘temporary’. Morning pages don’t need to solve your problems. . So, voila, I bought the journal. For sure, these are my favourite type of blog posts. I think this post was great. Morning Pages emphasise depth over velocity. I just have to work smarter on the results side of things. It’s always helpful to see behind the curtain at the stressed out little man (who you callin’ little!?) . 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. I have been inconsistent in my morning journal, and there is no comparison between what follows. I have done it in the past but only to get through stressfull times. It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas. Cheers. Will experiment and see what results. This post = yes! . Tim Ferriss. In fact, Cameron advises that you yourself shouldn’t even read the pages in the first few months. Julia Cameron’s rules on Morning Pages are quite strict but not without reason. They simply need to get them out of your head, where they will otherwise bounce around all day like a bullet ricocheting inside your skull.” Here’s an example of one of Ferriss’ journals using the … They’ve helped me direct me towards areas of my life that need attention. Then I can do a quick scan back to make sure I get that idea. Keep them coming. A Livescribe pen will let you import your journaling into your computer, and you can also use it to take recordings of lectures. Koppelman recounted that he discovered the Morning Pages routine from a little book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Here’s one question I’ve learned centers everything, especially for entrepreneurs: “What do I want my day to look like?”. I sometimes re-read them and sometimes I don’t because sometime it is a brain dump and I just want to let go of those thoughts and feelings. Chet Scerra says: July 27, 2015 at 10:32 am. Send more posts like this our way! You are successful and inspiring and at the same time such a real person. Is this what everyone else writes about?” But you’ve reminded me that that is unimportant. Tim Ferriss, The New York Times best-selling author, admits that taking notes and journaling are two activities that help brainstorm, focus and reduce anxiety. It really made me smile : ). Kids who grow up with typing as natural may feel different. Are you only doing Morning Pages for 5 minutes? No censoring, rereading, crossing out. Thank you healingprim, as your comment helped me resolve my dilemma of weather I should begin keeping an online journal or write it down on paper. I really appreciate the clarity of this perspective on journaling as well as the topic you wrote about. Top post. 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. I do them as soon I as I wake up. I’ve been scribbling and doodling – even if it looks like chicken scratch much of the time. I’m really glad I got to read even this. Electronic: Recently, I’ve been whipping out my laptop and at least my thoughts are on Ctrl+F… but Joshua’s right about there being a sterility to to typing, plus, sometimes electronics are a little distracting/work-inducing… and you don’t get to thumb through the pages, but it has it’s conveniences. In this post you mention “writing” and “paper” a couple times along with showing a picture of your physical notebook, but would journaling in evernote be just as effective for a beginner? In a blog post from earlier this year, Ferriss said, "Morning pages don't need to solve your problems. 6. Thanks for sharing your notes – I always learn and enjoy seeing another person’s perception of life and a peek of what’s going on in their head. It’s amazing to read and relive the memories in my head and think about the good times we had together (as well as the tough times in our relationship). The practise has been transformational, I am now well established on a book project and wholly committed to finishing it. I personally leave my journal beside my bed and don’t visit it unless I’m doing my Morning Pages or nightly reflection routine. 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