3 writing exercises that I've done for 200 mornings in a row
1% better every day at 11:11am - newsletter #028
In terms of personal development exercises, I think I've tried everything! For the past 5 years, I have been optimizing my morning routine to make it as relevant and productive as possible. As you know, "Win the morning, Win the day".
My morning is divided into 4 main blocks: meditation (30min), reading (60min), coffee/shower (30min) and writing (30min). Yes, my morning routine takes me 2h30 every morning, that's why I get up early! Today I'm talking about the "writing" block.
Among all the tests I've done, 3 exercises really stand out. They are also very complementary. All you need is a notebook, a pen and a pencil and something to draw lines.
Morning pages: my personal favorite exercise, also called "journaling". The idea is to take a few minutes to empty our thoughts, the thoughts we had before falling asleep or the one that pops up as soon as we wake up. You can literally write down EVERYTHING that pops into your head: your fears, ideas, questions, what you've seen or heard, dreams or even jokes. The one and only rule is that there are no rules. Freestyle writing! If you do it regularly every day, you'll start to see patterns of thought and ideas will emerge on their own!
Bullet Journal: I can only recommend that you go to the official website. It will explain better than me the principle he created! Note: the goal is to succeed in adapting the concept according to your desires and your needs.
16 blocks time management: it's a creation of myself! I was inspired by the famous concept of "your life in week" popularized by Wait But Why. It can also be assimilated to "productivity planner". If you leave home without knowing what you're going to do with your 16 hours (if you sleep 8 hours a day), chances are you won't be able to accomplish everything you wanted to accomplish by the end of the week! Draw 16 blocks each morning and ask yourself what you want to do with them. Take the todo list from the dailylog of your bullet journal and place the dots in your 16 time management block.
ONE TEXT TO READ
“You are what you think about all day long. You are also what you say to yourself all day long. If you say that you are old and tired, this mantra will be manifested in your external reality. If you say you are weak and lack enthusiasm, this too will be the nature of your world. But if you say that you are healthy, dynamic and fully alive, your life will be transformed. You see, the words you say to yourself affect your self-image and your self-image determines what actions you take. For example, if your self-image is one of a person who lacks the confidence to do anything of value, you will only be able to take actions that are aligned with this trait. On the other hand, if your self-image is one of a radiant individual who is fearless, again, all your actions will correspond to this quality. Your self-image is a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts.”
The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari - Robin Sharma
ONE ARTICLE TO READ
The controversial and influential entertainer and designer will bring his Yeezy collection to Gap in a co-branded line of apparel in 2021. According to the New York Times, the deal is for 10 years. However, Gap refused to disclose the duration of the partnership, claiming that the information was false.
The only thing certain is that the collaboration goes beyond the framework of a single collection, as has been proposed by a large number of retailers in recent years with famous designers. In addition to a line for men, women and children, "at affordable prices", Kanye West will define its own visuals in stores and on the group's website.
ONE QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF
What is one thing I am looking forward to today?
ONE WORKOUT TO DO
Paris - Deauville by bike (220km)
Yes, it's possible! And yes, we just did it yesterday! 8 hours pedaling with a headwind. Thanks to Quentin and Nicolas, for joining me on this wonderful sports adventure.
If you wish to see the route > HERE
"Those who think it's impossible are asked not to disturb those who try"
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