I don't know how many of you know about doing "morning pages" but, for those who don't know, I'll explain.
Basically, you write 3 pages first thing in the morning of anything that pops in your head, to clear your mental blockages so you can get on with your day without carrying unnecessary mental "baggage". It also helps you develop the habit of shutting down your inner editor while writing, and to write something everyday, regardless of the quality. And doing in the morning means you're approaching it with a fresh brain too. :)
Even if the only thing you can write for your morning pages is "I don't know what to say; this is stupid and I feel stupid for doing this," just keep going based on that. You can go on whatever little tangents you want to because no one will see it.
You can also choose to do it by hand or on computer. For those of you who dread the ache in your hand that may occur and are bewildered at the thought of yet ANOTHER word doc in your comp, there's a website called 750words
, where you can write and save those morning pages. Signup's quick, the site's free for the first month ($5 monthly donation after that), it's totally private, and it's even got an automatic word counter for ya. And yeah, I'm using it myself.
I've found that doing the morning pages is a huge boost to my writerly self, so I thought I'd share the idea for anybody who's struggling with writer's block and their inner perfectionist too.
And, yeah, I just finished my morning pages. Turns out my stream of consciousness has a major potty-mouth. LOL!
However you do your morning pages is up to you, but it DEFINITELY will help with your productivity.