For almost every day this month, when I wake up in the morning, I put on a pot of coffee, play my racing car game until I run out of fuel, go poo, and then sit down to write my Morning Pages. It usually takes me anywhere from 45 – 90 minutes. By the time I’m done writing three pages, I’ve also finished the pot of coffee.
My sister turned me on to the idea of writing these morning pages, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I mean, I have the time right now. It’s been an interesting experience, becoming something that I look forward to when I wake up.
I think the idea is to clear your mind in the morning so that you can have a good day. It might actually work. I mean, I’ve been having pretty good days. While it is summer, I’ve been
pretty busy with doing coursework and other things. Strangely, I haven’t been napping much.
What’s good about it is that it does give me the chance, every morning, to reflect on yesterday and steady myself for today. I think a lot and this a good way to get those thoughts down on paper (I’ve been using my iPad). It’s a really nice, slow start to the day. It’s not always easy to fill three pages, but it is rewarding to complete them.
What I’ve noticed is that I think a lot about the same things for extended periods of time. Every day, I go over the same things, with little new thrown in. Things, as they do, wax and wane, and whatever I’m brooding over only eventually changes. It takes me an incredibly long time to move on.
I wonder if I’m going to start moving through things more quickly now that I’m spending time dealing with them in some way. I wonder if I am approaching my days differently now that I’m spending time thinking about them before they really begin.
I don’t know if this sort of thing will work for everybody, though. I think you have to enjoy writing, for one. You’d also have to make time to do it. Plus, you actually have to kind of care about it.
I don’t know.