Not too long ago, I came across Tim Ferriss’s blog titled, “What My Morning Journal Looks Like.”

He outlined his morning routine where he set out to write “three crappy pages” every day. The routine was inspired by Julia Cameron in her book, “An Artist’s Way.

In it, Cameron introduced something called “morning pages.” This is where one would write three pages long handed every single morning. It didn’t need to have any structure or even have to make any sense. The point is to get into the habit of writing every single day, no matter what.

Ever since I’ve started this routine every morning, it has helped me clear my mind. You don’t need to be a writer or be creative to do it. All you have to do is open a notebook and start writing.

It doesn’t matter what you write about, just write and write until you hit three pages. Write about what pops into your mind, what you dreamt about the night before, what you have to do that day, what is bothering you, etc.

The point of this exercise is to “dump” everything you have accumulated in your head onto the piece of paper.

It might be hard at first but it’ll be worth it because it’ll get your brain going to come up with new things to write about. You might be able to come up with some insightful thoughts but sometimes, you won’t.

When your notebook gets full, throw it out because those thoughts don’t mean anything. It’s just for dumping useless data out of your mind. If you do come up with something that could be used later on, copy it to another notebook.

The reason I am sharing this with you is because we spend every day consuming things mentally and we don’t have anywhere to expel that mindless information. There are times when my head, especially when I am multitasking, feels like it is going to explode. It is because I try to keep up with all the news that is happening throughout the day and also try to do my own work at the same time.

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INFJ. Former tour manager. Geek. Soccer. Co-Founder of Mouth Off Network. Host of the Onward and Upward podcast. Freelance writer and digital media guy.

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