MORNINGS Take 20 minutes in the morning - and you will become more creative!

MORNINGS Take 20 minutes in the morning - and you will become more creative!

Being creative is only for artists? Pah! We'll show you a method that helps you unleash your creativity. And for the morning pages method, you only need a few minutes a day ... 

Being creative at the push of a button? Okay, it's usually not that easy, but creativity can be learned and fostered. Find out here why you only need some paper and a pen for new creativity boosts.

Here's what's behind the morning pages
Being creative seems to come easier to some people than others. However, that doesn't mean that there are only creative and uncreative people and that this division is set in stone! The U.S. author Julia Cameron has become known, among other things, for her self-help guidebook "The Artist's Way" ("Der Weg des K√ľnstlers", Knaur Verlag), which was published in 1992. There she describes a 12-week program that is supposed to help release one's own creativity. And an important part of it is the morning pages. 

The creativity method has long ceased to be an insider tip; it is used to overcome one's own (writing) blocks. If you look at the experience reports on the web, you will find many positive examples. Curious if it works for you too? All you need are three blank pieces of paper per day and, of course, a pen.

Here's how it works:

Reserve a slot each morning for morning pages (about 20 to 30 minutes).
Put paper and pen at hand, preferably at your bedside, and start working on them as soon as you wake up ...
... and just start writing until all three pages are completely filled.
It doesn't matter (!) what you write! It's not about writing a perfect story, or having to write a story at all, but about writing down your thoughts. This can be anything that comes to your mind, like

... Experiences of your past day
... the to-dos of your coming day
... an argument that is bothering you
... a fictional story
... incoherent sentences
... feelings that are in you right now
... dream fragments of the last night
... Thoughts, how stupid this method is.
Why all this, if it doesn't matter what I write anyway? The method may seem trivial at first and have no obvious purpose, but the benefits only become apparent after some time.

Do's and don'ts of morning pages.
Don't sit down at the PC: Write the three pages entirely by hand!
Don't stop writing until the notes are written. It is best not to set down, but just keep writing.
Do not think! The tip reminds me of the phenomenon of the pink elephant, already clear! The ban on thinking "Don't think about a pink elephant" achieves exactly the opposite. However, the tip pursues the goal that you get into the right flow in the first place and, for example, don't get unnecessarily bogged down with formulations or topic selection.
Write in the morning when you get up. Sure, you can turn on the washing machine, check your mails, and ... you're already in the middle of the day and don't have your head free. If the pages are the first thing you do in the morning, you are even freer and your thoughts are unfiltered.
Keep at it! After a day or two with the morning pages, you may not yet feel any effect, no breakthrough change in you or your life. Give it a chance and stick with it for four weeks. 
Advantages and effects of the creativity method
You don't have to develop anything while writing, evaluate it, phrase it well, don't have to pay attention to spelling, you don't even have to pick up the morning pages after writing. You are welcome to keep them, but you don't have to. It's not about the writing, it's about the fact that you wrote. Which can have the following advantages and effects:

You have no pressure because there is no stated goal other than just filling those few pieces of paper. There is no right or wrong, you just write whatever comes to your mind and that helps to get started and get into a flow.
You can really clear your head - just like it is practiced in the brain dump. The only difference is that you don't work with what you wrote down afterward (of course you are allowed to ...). You can allow anything, whether it's blowing off steam, writing down what you're grateful for, or what you want to do today.
Not only writers and hobby writers sometimes have blockades, but also in other hobbies or in the job sometimes the creative spark is simply missing. One reason for the blockade is ourselves! We evaluate and discard before we've tried - before we've even started - and we don't allow our creativity to take hold in the first place! With this method, you stop your inner critic.
Maybe you notice patterns through your daily morning pages or topics that you are strongly preoccupied with - the pages can also be a means of self-reflection.
Who doesn't know it, you are about to fall asleep and suddenly you have a good idea! This relaxation is usually still there in the morning after waking up before we throw ourselves into the hectic daily routine - and that's exactly what we need to take advantage of. And who knows, maybe you'll write down ideas that you would never have thought of before?


Writing the morning pages in the evening
In the morning you are not so fit and rather the morning grouch - you are certainly not alone! You are free to use the method as you please. However, you should keep in mind that they are called morning pages for a reason and should be written at that time of day: 

In the morning you are not yet exhausted
You benefit from the morning rest period
Your head is not yet overloaded with impressions, problems, and events.
The day still lies ahead of you - you can set the course for it now


 

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