Sometimes the old ways are the best ways, and while we rely on computers and other forms of technology more than ever before to make a note of things, the old way of writing things down should never be forgotten. This article explains exactly why we should all continue to write things down.
REACH OUT AND TOUCH IT!
It is not difficult to imagine a future where there are no pens, pencils and paper at all; everything we do is confined to the digital, and all tasks are performed with sleek interfaces, or even augmented reality devices (such as the one Google is working on right now). It is true that computers can do everything a pen and paper does and much more, but the information can get lost, and the fact the information is not physically in front of you means you are much more likely to forget about it.
ORGANISATION AND CLARIFICATION
From children in the first stages of writing, to the geniuses who span human history, the ability to write things down has been the key to help us structure, organise and clarify complex ideas that would be impossible to develop otherwise. It obviously also allows us to communicate these ideas with others on all scales, from two close friends to different civilisations thousands of years apart. Remember that when humans are long gone, aliens will need something interesting to read about us.
If you make yourself a diary and go over it, you will see just how easily we forget things that happen to us in life, but when we revise what we have written down, the information sinks in and helps us to remember. Once something has been written down, the mind no longer needs to remember it, and can thus focus on other more important things, which is certainly a plus for work and education. It is also a great way to ensure you remember the things you need to remember, without having to worry that you may forget it – you can let it go and relax.
FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT
When we get caught up in everyday life, we can very easily forget what we actually want from life. When we write things down, however, we can keep our important goals and priorities well within reach. It also a brilliant way to manage short-term goals, even if that goal is to simply go to the store to buy some milk.
THE KEY TO CREATIVITY
It is very true that some of the best thoughts and ideas come to us unexpectedly. It could be during a walk in the woods, a daily commute or something much more exotic, but for some reason the brain has a habit of forgetting great ideas to make way for the habitual and the mundane. It could be a business idea, a funny limerick or a total epiphany – thanks to a pen and paper, it can all be noted immediately and remembered forever.