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Taylor Schilling’s brilliant, mind-clearing morning hack for a good day


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On the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black, Taylor Schilling’s character Piper Chapman doesn’t have it easy—she wakes up in a prison cell surrounded by (some) not-so-stable inmates. Schilling IRL, though? The wellness-savvy star’s a.m. routine is much more pleasant.

In a recent interview with Vogue, the actress reveals her pro tip for starting her day on the right foot: a journaling practice.

“If I wake up and write out whatever is clogging up my thinking—fears, worries, whatever it is—that by the time I’m done writing, I’m a little more focused on what I want to have happen.”

“I’m finding that if I wake up and write out whatever is clogging up my thinking—fears, worries, whatever it is—that by the time I’m done writing, I’m a little more focused on what I want to have happen, instead of what I’m afraid of,” says Schilling.

Journaling is said to increase productivity, declutter your life, and boost your mood—so clearly she’s onto something (especially with her no-deadline-or-word-count philosophy, which I can totally get behind).

And she’s adamant that writing first thing each morning really gets her in the right frame of mind for her day. “It sets me up and focuses me on what I’m curious about,” she says. “Kind of tosses the external stuff that’s not as important and connects me to my values, and what matters.” I’d bet that Piper could take some pointers from her to, you know, deal with her situation. Can we get some pens, pencils, and notebooks for the ladies in Litchfield, please?

For more brilliant hacks, this is the one easy a.m. habit that gives you crazy productivity. And this is what happens when you use a bullet journal

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