The act of writing on paper is something that’s forgotten in our modern age. Notes are taken on an app, lists are complied on your desktop and most things are written down in a google or word document.
The problem with this stems from the idea that it’s not you, the individual, writing out the words verbatim. It’s you and a machine working cohesively together, the pressing of keys on an electronically powered board that then turns into an input command that’s sent down the line within the program you have opened which allows for letters, words and numbers to appear on the screen before you. That’s the disconnection in full.
The difference between this and writing on a piece of pad paper is the removal of the buffer i.e. computer. It could be argued that the pen and the keyboard are no different from one another but that fails to take into account the myriad of distractions located all around the screen you’re looking at.
What’s so powerful about writing out thoughts, feelings, ideas and emotions onto a bit of paper over say you’re phone or laptop?
Well it’s a meditative process, you’re left alone without distractions to empty your mind onto a blank sheet of paper for the amount of time you allocate and within this space you’re not thinking about the past, future or even the present at certain points if writing turns into a flow state activity for you.
You’re simply just as is, a single spec within the cosmos, lining a piece of paper with your inner most thoughts. Within this process you’re also formulating the ability to articulate these thoughts outward to the world far better than you could if you had only put them together within your consciousness. The visual stimuli that is afforded to you through the act of writing allows the individual to translate that conscious thought through the act of putting pen to paper.
This in turn allows for the visualization of thought into the real world, into a tangible piece of material instead of an input on a screen.
The ability to be able to articulate your thoughts in full is a powerful one. You’re able to argue more concisely, stand up for yourself and develop an incredibly informed idea of yourself and the world in which you operate.
That alone should be the catalyst of writing down ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Yet you probably need more convincing. You’re probably a bit skeptical due to the age of bewilderment that we currently live in.
What if I was to sum up this entire article into a single, no bullshit point for you..
You get more of the stuff that matters done!
It falls into the power of planning your day. That’s the beauty of lists and notes. You can become a highly effective human being, and we don’t know the upper limits of that, yet.
So why wouldn’t you want to plan out your day, write down your ideas and step by step improve your life, for both yourself and those who need you the most.
The benefits of this practice for students are profound. They’re more productive, study faster, retain information quicker and have more time for the things they love like family and extra-curricular hobbies.
3 actionable takeaways
1. Start a journal and write your thoughts down
2. Plan your day with a simple list, nothing overally complicated, just 5-6 things that will benefit you.
3. Start writing as a meditative process. Meditation isn’t only sitting still, it’s a flow process and is invaluable to those who overthink or stress over mundane daily tasks.