Write things down.
I used to be very lazy to write things down on papers after being so dependent on my smart phone and laptop to record everything that’s important to me. However, the more often I use these electronic devices for taking notes, the easier I ignore things I’ve saved. Some of them I don’t even remember they exist in my memory. Soon, I changed my habit from taking notes on my laptop to write things down on the notebook. So simple right? Other reasons why I made such a change:
- Handwriting makes me remember more details rather than using laptop.
- Save sudden popped up idea from disappear in my mind in a few seconds.
- Mentally download everything from mind to notebook for my mental relief.
- Remind myself what to focus on and what should I do to achieve my goals.
- Organize my thoughts and document my significant moments in daily lives.
Some people just curious why recording notes on paper is better for our memory compared to save our notes in digital form. Simply because when we are writing on paper, we have more freedom to design our own formats, fancy letters, dancing fonts, images, stickers, and more emotional expression icons according to our preferences. Using digital form of notes, we definitely have limited choices and less flexibility in choosing our favorite styles of fonts, designs, spacing, etc.
Before we sleep, we can pen down everything stored in our mind for mental de-cluttering. This is an effective way to reduce our mind keep thinking of all the things that need to be done or were not done yet. Let the daily accumulated emotions locked on the paper and keep our mind free from stress before having a sweet dream. After six months of recording, if looking back these documents, we will be amazed by our growth in terms of expressing opinions and managing our emotions.
According to David Allen (the author of Getting Things Done), “writing thoughts down, gets them out of your head, clearing your brain to focus on what you want to focus on.” It allows our mind to slow down and relax its neural tensions so that we can keep attention on our priorities.
If you want to share your thoughts to others, you can also spend a few hours a week to process your notes and share it on social media or on your blog. Remember using loose paper is not encouraged because you will lose it, so get a simple notebook and start inking your wonderful journey of daily lives. Happy writing and enjoy sharing!