I admit, I was a little skeptical when I started writing the Morning Pages that are part of “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. I first heard the book recommended on Rick Roll’s (or maybe his book) and have since heard about it many times. It is one of those cultural things that appear to be everywhere once your eyes are open to it.
The idea of sitting down and hand writing three pages seemed daunting, difficult, and, to be honest, a waste of time. But, after three weeks of (inconsistent) writing I am starting to see some benefits. Most days the writing is venting and kind of like a journal, but some days ideas pop into my head that are really inspiring. Ideas for how to move a story forward or a business idea or ways to improve my friend’s entrepreneurial activities.
Starting my day out with hand writing clears the cobwebs and makes the world seem a little more at ease. My mind slows down, feels at peace (relatively), and things seem just a little bit more clear. It isn’t a panacea but it is a way to get things started a little bit better and with that good habit I am more likely to do other good habits like read, drink water, brush my teeth, meditate, exercise, and prioritize my own goals over the “needs” of others.