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If you spend any time working on personal growth, you'll get lots of ideas on how to become more productive. If you read James Altucher, you’ll find that he recommends you write ten ideas a day. The gratitude people will tell you to write things you're grateful for. Others will tell you should have a daily meditation on something. I think you should do all the above.

My morning writing exercise is:

  • Read a meditation from Ryan Adams’s Meditations on Wisdom from the Stoics and write my thoughts about what I read
  • Write five things I’m grateful for.
  • Write ten ideas - from James Altucher
  • Write some general thoughts about what’s going on in my life.

You might think this writing would take an hour. It only takes about fifteen minutes. It used to take much longer, but what I’m finding is the more I do this practice the more clear I get about what I need to write and the faster the process goes.

At first when I wrote what I was grateful for it took a while to come up with five things. Now I could probably write ten to twenty a day. Like any muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.

The same is true for the ten idea exercise. When I first did this, there were many days where I just couldn’t come up with ten ideas. This happened even though I consider myself an idea machine. Now, writing ten ideas just seems to pop out of my head.

You can start your own daily morning ritual and I suggest that you do so. At first, it is awkward and there’s a good chance there will be a lot of starting and stopping. If you stay with it, I can promise you you’ll get faster and your ideas will flow faster.

Doesn’t this sound like something you would like to see happen in your life? Why don’t you let me know what you think in the comments below?

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