Thank you for sharing. I’m really glad I got to read even this. 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. Here’s one question I’ve learned centers everything, especially for entrepreneurs: “What do I want my day to look like?”. While I had already understood the psychological benefits of journalling and that the cloudy grogginess in the morning was associated with creativity, Morning Pages still surprised me in their effectiveness. I really enjoy your posts in all their dimension. Yes,I loved this raw entry. I too blast off 10 minutes of mind babble in the mornings. I love seeing other folks morning routines. They give us all hope that we, with all our flaws, can also be as productive and amazing as you. We need more real stuff like this. TIM FERRISS: I would say: interviewing experts, tracking down eccentric weirdos who are really good at one thing or another, formulating a plan for some type of experiment involving their observations or findings, and then recording it. This has motivated me to start a morning journal. Morning Pages are now a crucial part of my morning routine. Get Your Own Five Minute Journal today - http://www.fiveminutejournal.com. 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. It was amongst those pages, that I would thrash through my thoughts each day. Container for ideas. You don’t want to be stream of consciousness writing all day. They really play a much bigger role than anticipated. I joined the hype and bought a copy. The pages are purely for the process of writing. I began the same jounaling process recently. 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. Interesting comment – eager to hear more. Wanted to send you it. I find that I usually do one or the other unless I have a long morning of free time. Part of the reason for that is you are free to be completely honest and uninhibited in getting those thoughts out. More posts like this. My Ultimate Morning Routine — for Those Who Don’t Have One, How to Avoid Burnout from Working on Simultaneous Projects. I suppose it depends on what’s the current goals. Tim Ferriss: "Nearly every morning, I sit down with a hot cocktail of turmeric, ginger, pu-erh tea, and green tea. You are successful and inspiring and at the same time such a real person. Keep inviting us in on your journey. 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 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. Something worth considering is getting a Livescribe. Morning Pages … I always noticed several things when I kept my daily journal up to date. If knowing it could be read starts making your journaling work instead of therapy, I for one will be patient and wait for the finished product. Do you only do one page or are you only showing one page? These two posts, along with your post “Feeling Stuck… Read This…”, have made me feel significantly less alone. .ches (Obviusly still in proces) i wrestell with guitar..i mean..sine i found a one fits all teach-inspire. Like their real-er selves. I have been delaying my journal ambitions because yes, I feel like my writing is so pathetic. 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. I was overwhelmed by the hundreds of heartfelt comments, letters, and more that I received. I think it’s great to share ideas I write a lot down. Or is it because you feel you must be defensive and protect what you have: time, money, relationships, space, etc.? Tim Ferriss's 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. My top tip is to use a Livescribe Smartpen. This is so cool to see! First of all, thank you for your openness and honesty. crawl After thirty …im Training to draw the human body..doing Meditation every morning ..im learning langui. Codified what I already knew intuitively. For instance: I’ve realized conflicts between goals (become “successful”) and related side-effects one must manage (100x more inbound). I loved your earlier post – “Productivity Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me) – as well. Kudos for sharing!! Release me from the problems and the stresses of the day, and give me a sense of good feeling with the good things that happen in that day! Te esperamos! , Yay for you – and Paper! It’s a necessity to an abundant life. Julia Cameron’s rules on Morning Pages are quite strict but not without reason. I just want to know your ineffectiveness and struggles, because they make my struggles easier. This is, of course, an illusion. It is always eye opening to see how much of a normal guy you are and not someone so successful you don’t have normal people thoughts. Is this what everyone else writes about?” But you’ve reminded me that that is unimportant. To quote her further, from page viii: “Once we get those muddy, maddening, confusing thoughts [nebulous worries, jitters, and preoccupations] on the page, we face our day with clearer eyes.”. I saw you speak at the This Week in Startups LIVE event in SF back in September. 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. 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. 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