Get A Calendar To Help Visualize Your Progress

B.J. Mendelson
2 min readJan 16, 2022


One of the exercises that comes up a lot in books on peak performance and creativity is “Morning Pages”.

Here’s how it works: When you wake up, you set a timer for thirty minutes and just write it. Preferably into a notebook (any kind will do), since digital devices provide too much opportunity for distraction.

There’s no editing. You’re just writing for the full thirty minutes, and you can write anything.

Since everyone is different, I can’t tell you what will work for you.

What I can do is tell you how I do the Morning Pages exercise. From there, I encourage you to adapt what I do and make it work for you.

Here’s my process:

-Leave a notebook and pen by my bed, so that I can grab them first thing in the morning.

-I set a timer on Forest for 30 minutes, and then I start writing. Using Forest is one of two methods I use to visualize my progress. One digital and the other analog.

-When I’m done, I take my pen and put an X on my (analog) wall calendar. Now I can see, at any time, how I’m doing with keeping up with this exercise.

This is how you build a habit: You keep it simple, actionable, and measurable.

Having this information visually presented on my wall is also a nice reminder to keep up the good work tomorrow morning.

-At the end of the month, I go through my notebook and look for ideas that keep coming up. I document those recurring ideas into Notion and flag them for future use in the different things I’m writing.

Use these pages to find the best stuff, and don’t sweat the rest. Nobody sees them but you.

Ok. That’s how I do it. Now you try it.

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B.J. Mendelson

B.J. Mendelson is the author of “Social Media Is Bullshit” from St. Martin’s Press.