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Great read. Great post Tim. Who knows it may make sense if I read another day lol. He mentions it in the book in an example of his father, who saw a 23 lb weight loss in 2 months, but only 6 of it in the second month. So, there you have it, the Tim Ferriss morning routine. running the controls. So tomorrow is the first day I brain dump my thoughts of the morning on paper… Now… Need to find the right pen to write with , Thank you for sharing and opening your personal life. I have a question, though. I love #2. I loved your earlier post – “Productivity Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me) – as well. Whatever’s on your mind and is written down can help you and others in the future. Morning Pages have become an essential part of how I start my day. Maybe if someone wants to take pictures of it with evernote then trash, or write on scratch paper that’s scannable…, Evernote is a nice idea and they let you insert scribbles too, you’ve got your principles, why not make them work for you . Ferriss is an angel investor and advisor to startups. Close. It really made me smile : ). As crazy as it might seem, I believe the answer is yes. 67 Morning Page Journals later, and one published book (Get What You Want) but more on the way. Our guest today is Tim Ferriss. Productivity Can Make You Happy, Have You Ever Thought About That? You may possibly trap the thoughts that bring you back like “I can’t do it” or “Just another cigarette” onto the page and be able to defeat whatever you’re facing. (If she’s still doing it the same way?) I recently read you actually were doing the 5 Minute Journal and not Cameron’s Morning Pages. And sharing your real, personal example (tea brewer/infuser and all) is delightful and effective. Anyway, thanks for you great work. And perhaps now is a good time to ask yourself, why did I start the 4HWW? I have sporadically tried to do this using the ‘Day One’ app on my computer, but I don’t think it is quite the same. 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.”. Do you think you could have the same benefits typing a morning journal on a computer instead of writing by hand? Most of you have probably experienced going about your way with unresolved conflicts in your mind. I first discovered morning pages in Brian Koppelman’s section of Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans. Morning Pages are three longhand stream of consciousness pages written in the morning — where you just keep moving the pen for three pages no matter what. Leo Babauta on Zen Habits, Antifragility, Contentment, and Unschooling (#488). I already trust your abilities and effectiveness. Release valve. The paper vs digital conundrum… I’ve switched back and forth many times. They no longer need to be proven. 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. Do you add black pepper for absorption? This is what I most want from you these days. I have attempted to make morning pages a habit for years. If you enjoyed this story, follow me for more. Inspirational and educational. At least it’s made me spend a lot of time and money seeking stillness and they’ve been a blessing in disguise for that. I just purchased “The Artist’s Way” with hopes that it will help settle my overly ambitions mind. If you are ever out-of-sorts read your old journal entries and your mood will change instantly, especially when you rediscover you are now living the goals and dreams of years past. I’ve also found the same to be true with morning pages on the few occasions I have done them. Keep them coming. I just want to know your ineffectiveness and struggles, because they make my struggles easier. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. It has become a crucial process for me to dismantle the unhelpful thoughts and focus only on how I can improve my life and the lives of those around me. Thank you for this post, Tim! , How do you make turmeric tea in a french press. It’s a bilingual book which I know you would like. It may be the most important aspect of trapping thought on paper (i.e. Top post. Is it because of the 100x more inbound, which decreases a feeling of self-directed free will? A feeling that you’re constantly choosing from someone else’s buffet instead of cooking your own food? I saw you speak at the This Week in Startups LIVE event in SF back in September. That all sounds pleasantly analytical. Wanted to send you it. This is the kind of posts I like: Your spontanious reactions…and “solutions” to day to day life and preoccupations. Archived. And thank you. Have fun and thanks for adding to the conversation! Tim – Your humility and transparency are inspiring. ), One of the discoveries I’ve made about morning writing (or any other time of day) is that the act of hand-writing itself yields ideas and answers that won’t be unearthed by typing on a keyboard. Great read. I was just thinking of all the pages I have written down in journals… would they help others?? I also noticed that when keeping up with it my handwriting (which is quite good) always got better as well I believe due to the calming and intimate nature of the subject (deeper concentration). I’ve done morning pages for 10 years now (I’m only 28) and I’ve noticed weird patterns — where sometimes it makes bad days worse. Next, I crack open [this book]." I tried Cameron in the past, and it did not work for me. Thanks for sharing, Tim! 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. 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. Can you elaborate? Tim Ferriss, the author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," uses a specific routine to start his day. Because it’s easy to imagine our heroes as unflappable juggernauts, who conquer insecurity with a majestic mental karate chop every morning. Yes please!! My top tip is to use a Livescribe Smartpen. This has motivated me to start a morning journal. I may well experiment with your journal approach though. I’ve always been told I should journal, but it’s not natural to me, and I’ve never understood why I should do it. I began the same jounaling process recently. When I saw this I was reminded of the donation you made to our cause and thought I would let you know that we published Valerio journals of the world record breaking journey. No censoring, rereading, crossing out. Good stuff, it’s refreshing to meet someone (or, I suppose in my case, follow someone) who is willing to put themselves out there. What intrigued me the most was Brian’s following quote: Of the people 100 people I’ve given [the book] to, maybe ten of them have actually opened the book and done the exercises. 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. Tim Ferriss: "Nearly every morning, I sit down with a hot cocktail of turmeric, ginger, pu-erh tea, and green tea. Like you I didn’t read Julia’s book but I did follow her advice of cranking out 700 – 1000 words every morning. 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. Completely agree. I love this post so much. Reading this post, encourages me to stop thinking about journaling and to start journaling. Please keep this sort of thing coming. . Ditto. , Yay for you – and Paper! I think you have to push yourself to really dig deep. Keep on keepin’ on. First, as you succinctly pointed out, it is indeed like spiritual windshield wipers (clears the focus even after a rough night). Thank you! Therapeutic is definitely the right word for this practice. I would love to send you a copy. Related Videos. In my experience, there are connections that just aren’t made when I use a computer vs. writing. Thanks Tim….I loved this post and you! Thank you, Tim. I started getting up early to do a creative burst after being inspired to do so by Josh Waitzkin on Episode 2 of the Tim Ferriss show. love this post. This is so true Renee. P.S. My eyes aren’t even open for the first 3 lines, but you can’t still be sleepy after 20 minutes of writing. They also allowed me to just get a lot of s… out that had no where else to go! Doing Morning Pages the Tim Ferriss Way Is Now Easy. 雷兵老 Bing says: July 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm. I did a blog on my workflow a few weeks back that may be of interest to other readers who are looking to maximise the productivity of their morning writing. After seeing your sample journal entry, it gives me motivation to start journaling as well. After many years of doing morning pages, I found many insights and understanding of experiences. Yeah Dude, keep opening the Kimono and putting stuff like this out there and like the master martial artists there won’t be anything left to be defensive of. It’s really cool how people start their days in so many different ways. Recently, in my hazy tiredness of the morning I’ve reached for my journal because of the sheer joy I experience from writing the pages. Although I find many of your posts in the latter category incredibly informative, this post and the one mentioned above have a humanness quality about them which helps people identify with you better and is inspiring in a different way. I, myself, have been urged to start journaling daily. Like a legion of others I always learn something from your writing or talking. Posted by 2 years ago. I am doing the 5 Minute Journal now and it seems better adapted to my needs. . Please! 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. Why should Monday or Tuesday be any different? 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’ve been keeping a daily journal for over a year but I run it as an evening activity (occasionally have to catch up the next day). Keep ’em coming. Morning pages don’t need to solve your problems. I would love to hear more about your journey with your morning pages! Is this what everyone else writes about?” But you’ve reminded me that that is unimportant. Or perhaps you’ve seen examples of their writing and thought to yourself, “Goddamn, that reads like the Gettysburg Address!” and become demoralized. Most people you see on magazine covers have plenty of mornings when they’d rather hide under the covers all day long. Need a new curator on the “health & detox” division. 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. Sometimes it’s an idea for a song or comedy bit, other time it’s just an errand I forgot about. It was interesting that your posted this now cause I just started writing my morning journal and a bit of inspiration is always welcome. All the best. Nearly every morning, I sit down with a hot cocktail of turmeric, ginger, pu-erh tea, and green tea. Thanks for sharing.. Morning Pages are an exercise codified by Julia Cameron, in her book The Artist’s Way. Tim Ferriss's 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog. You don’t want to be stream of consciousness writing all day. Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance (#55), https://rss.art19.com/episodes/c62bd9af-f4f6-4bb9-8022-754a79ef46df.mp3, All transcripts from The Tim Ferriss Show, “productivity” tips for neurotic and crazy people (like me), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qYHYMdniM, http://www.chookooloonks.com/beauty-of-different-2011/2010/12/29/journaling-101-a-primer-for-those-whod-like-to-start-a-pract.html, 11 Reasons Not to Become Famous (or “A Few Lessons Learned Since 2007”), The Best Books and Articles I Read in 2019, How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies. They give us all hope that we, with all our flaws, can also be as productive and amazing as you. Since Morning Pages are personal to the individual, you may use them for another reason. Amei, escreve mais, por favor. That is what I do most days. I loved this post Tim. 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. Am 68 years old, but feel, act, and think like a 24-year-old. Good post Tim. From one of your most die hard fans, your authenticity is appreciated. As crazy as it might seem, I believe the answer is yes. Therefore, if you feel strongly about keeping your obligations, a sense of honor about this, it might be helpful for you. Chet Scerra says: July 27, 2015 at 10:32 am. writing) you’ll ever encounter. I’m curious if you picked a particularly benign morning of writings to show us? Agreed with everyone else. You taking a page out of Altuchers book? Tim Ferriss. Do you think this particular journal inspires or would you get the same effect with a blank journal? You are making clear things that were not acute to yet so please continue to do so. I too find writing in the morning a great ‘harddrive defrag’ but as many other helpful habits it’s hard too sustain without reminders. Keith, it’s better than nothing but leaves it short as a large benefit of writing with the hand comes with its physical aspect. It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas. 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 found this post and the previous post on “production tips for the neurotic and crazy” more heartfelt than your regular, scientific, ultra productive, “Superman of Silicon Valley” type stuff. Thought provoking read as usual Tim! I find that I usually do one or the other unless I have a long morning of free time. Lovin’ these posts Tim – I’m filled with both fascination and appreciation for having access to the raw honesty of someone like you. Yes! 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). 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. Or never again? It’s also a gentle way to wake up. What do I do first!? During the 2 years I slowed to a complete stop, I became less productive. Love your stuff Tim, especially your last blog on journal writing. I enjoy these posts about everyday habits and how one can go about one’s day more effectively. Interesting comment – eager to hear more. One other point which I found interesting though is that when I was remiss in not writing it was like one feels when they did not floss their teeth in the morning – like one personally cut corners and it always seems to lay a guilt complex on me until I rectify it later in the day. Almost all “successful” people have a morning ritual. In a blog post from earlier this year, Ferriss said, “Morning pages don’t need to solve your problems. As you said, a journal is for no-one else’s eyes. More posts like this Tim! 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. Then everything seems better. 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. Agree strongly…there’s something about the physical, muscular, tactile act of holding a pen and transferring thoughts to paper, somehow “captures” the mental transaction…solidifies it, gives it better scaffolding, better structure. It’s a ‘reaction’, therefore you have 100% control. Biography of the Dollar " "After 50 pages, I was able to hold my own discussing currency trading with a vice president at JP Morgan Chase." Rarely more than one or two. Just keep going no matter how illiterate you are. 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). It just feels more primal as well which can only help release yourself. 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.”. Here's what author Tim Ferriss does to make it happen. Your point here (“More book consumption didn’t interest me, as I often use it to procrastinate.”) rang home! Do you only do one page or are you only showing one page? I found myself purchasing this same journal all too many years ago, never read the artist’s way, in fact I picked out the journal based on it’s cover- I had a mount of some problems and new a I needed to do a mountain of journalling to help me sort it out. Woke up at 7:30am, before everyone else. They start up upon waking and run feral and psychotic until I do something useful to calm them…or not as the case may be. Thanks for sharing you’re human too. I have been bitching and moaning in morning pages since 1999. The practice goes something like this: Every day, after you wake u p and before you do anything else, write three pages, longhand. Looks amazing! I just have to work smarter on the results side of things. Tim, OMG – I could cry!! In the morning pages you sign an agreement beforehand, a contract to do them. .ches (Obviusly still in proces) i wrestell with guitar..i mean..sine i found a one fits all teach-inspire. 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. Thank you for sharing. Sooo Meta. Tim Thanks! Are you only doing Morning Pages for 5 minutes? They must be longhand because writing allows you to have time to process your thoughts better. I’m setting an alarm for it right now. Done. My biggest concern is that I couldn’t write something as “flowing” as this, it reads like prose to me whereas whatever I write tends to be more like a poorly translated instruction manual. I’ve found that since I’ve started my routine, many mundane illiterate thoughts have been eradicated. hi marcela. 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. I have been inconsistent in my morning journal, and there is no comparison between what follows. Things like this are what separate you from the rest. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s literally world changing. I love the personal aspect these types of posts have! Is this journal entry in addition to the five minute journal? I really love the idea of a morning routine like this. where do you get your tea? Morning Pages means sitting down first thing every morning and writing 750 words, which, at 250 words per page, is 3 pages of handwriting. If you need to destroy them to ensure that, go ahead: it's more important than keeping them for reference. Cameron advises us to stop at three pages to prevent ‘self-involvement and narcissism’. Often it’s jibber-jabber, but if I’ve been ruminating on something overnight I’ll get high quality prose. I would look at my notifications first to try and procrastinate. Great post! As long as you can keep that mindset while journaling, we want to see it! With random incoherent thoughts popping up and distracting you throughout the day. You are spot on with getting stuff out of your head so it doesn’t bounce around in there all day or night. Start writing and don’t stop until you get to the end of page three. . I have to say Tim, that this could be my favorite post ever. Good job. As a non-entrepreneur but someone who just applies Tim’s methods and ideas to every day life (automation, diet, etc.) I always noticed several things when I kept my daily journal up to date. I personally leave my journal beside my bed and don’t visit it unless I’m doing my Morning Pages or nightly reflection routine. I wonder if that is because we all grew up writing by hand so it feels natural. Cue Get Shorty! 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. 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. I’m really glad I got to read even this. It turns out that I can’t complain for three pages straight. 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. There are few times we get to delve inside moments in uber-successful people’s lives where we can relate so strongly to them (unless you know them personally), which in turn makes people feel that they could be like you someday, just as in the case of your entry here. History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. Morning pages are, as author Julia Cameron puts it, “spiritual windshield wipers.” It’s the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found. Many of you have since asked about my “morning pages,” so I’m oversharing again…. 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. Thanks for this post, Tim! If you are like me, you might find it a little hard writing morning pages (or evening pages) day in day out. (I also keep a separate sheet of paper nearby for “to-dos” as they come to mind; I jot them down and go back to writing). This is Ted from the quad squad. Would you like more posts like this? The pages are purely for the process of writing. Cheers. Josh Waitzkin, former chess prodigy and tai chi world champion explains that he makes requests to his subconscious before bed by thinking about problems he wants to solve. I love to analyse and write about whatever jazzes up my curiosity. That way I can easily digitise the good stuff and get it into a word processable format. As a business owner, your points on “the conflicts between goals and related side effects one must manage” and “A feeling that you’re constantly choosing from someone else’s buffet instead of cooking your own food?” really struck a chord with me… and perhaps made me feel a tad bit more sane in the process :-). I highly suspect there is neurological patterns firing that link emotional aspects with the physical craft. Crucially, Morning Pages are private. We just released the book of my friend Valerios journal (includes his blog post, Facebook messages, sms and personal journals) of the world record breaking journey. As I follow you more and more, I am appreciative of your personal insights because it gives me a better understanding of how you think and view life. In this post, I’ll show you what my raw morning journal looks like. For instance: I’ve realized conflicts between goals (become “successful”) and related side-effects one must manage (100x more inbound). Kudos for sharing!! Saludos desde Buenos Aires. I always feel better about myself after writing regardless. But the fetters of even a modicum of professional success makes one feel like they have to play defense, or manage instead of conquer. I love this honest commentary on how mess life can look like, feels like and yet you do have results. I love seeing other folks morning routines. We need more real stuff like this. So it’s great to have these additional details and actionable advice! Before I discovered Morning Pages, I had already established a journalling habit. Morning Pages are now a crucial part of my morning routine. Be sure to hit the heart so others can see it too and feel free to respond with your thoughts. 1. Highly recommended. It’s a way to document the happiness that you encounter in life as well. Could bitching and moaning on paper for five minutes each morning change your life? Ray Dalio. More posts like this. Thanks! It’s been a year since I first discovered morning pages. When we sleep, there are subconscious breakthroughs and connections that we experience that still float around immediately as we wake up. 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. 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…). This is, of course, an illusion. Thanks Tim I liked this. Critical is fine, but if you’re rude, we’ll delete your stuff. be — cool. It’s Ted from the Quad Squad. 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