Throughout time, we have seen advances in technology that have changed and pushed society to adapt to a new way of doing traditional routines. Artificial intelligence, smart home technology, social media, electronic vehicles, online banking, the list goes on! With the growth that has happened in technology and is still yet to come, you would think that the previous ways of doing simple tasks are a thing of the past…
"Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think."
- Albert Einstein
Before the rise of technology, writing important dates, notes, or goals, in an analogue planner, diary or notebook was the traditional way to note these down. Now that there are digital versions of each, is switching over to the digital version worth it?
There has been research carried out to find out if it is worth it. Here are the powerful benefits of writing things down:
- It clears your mind to allow space to think – writing information down that you need to remember is a great way to clear your mind. By writing things down such as, important dates and information gives way to allow thoughts and thinking to happen in your brain. This improves your focus and productivity as your thoughts are directed to important tasks rather than holding on to the extra information.
- Clarify your goals – writing down your goals is a great way to figure out what it is that you want to achieve. Statistics have found that by writing down your goals, you are 42% more likely to achieve the written goal. Getting it down on paper and visualising the complete goal will increase your chances of success! Even if it feels like a long-shot, write it down. You never know what will happen, you may even surpass your expectations!
- Able to keep track of your progress – having written down any goals or ideas will be a great way to hold your self accountable. By writing down the completed goal or idea, you are able to check in along the way to ensure that you are going in the right direction towards success. It will also increase efficiency by making sure that you are carrying out the right steps to get to the completed goal.
- Increased cognitive processing – cognitive processing is the way that the brain takes information, changes it and stores it to be recalled when it is needed. Research has found in students who took notes on a laptop in a lecture, made verbatim notes rather than processing the information and reframing it into their own words (Umejima et al., 2021). By writing information down you can process it much better and transform it into much easier information that can be remembered.
- Able to look back and self-reflect – writing down your goals and ideas is a great way to self-reflect. Having put the intention out into the universe, you are able to look back over time and evaluate what has happened up until that point. Then you can develop strategies moving forward to broaden your ideas and strengthen your mindset! Self-reflection is a great practice to incorporate into other aspects of your life!
- Better memory recall – memory recall is the retrieval of information or memories stored in the brain. Research has found that the areas of the brain involved in memory retrieval had much higher activations in note takers compared to those who took notes on a phone or tablet (Muller & Oppenheimer, 2014). Writing things down in a notebook or planner is much quicker and accurate and it helps to recall information quicker when needed.
How the Inspire Spirit Planner can help!
Through the various features in the Inspire Spirit planner, you can tap into the benefits easily! The features include:
- The Wheel of Life to identify areas in your life and how satisfied you are with them.
- The Goal List and Goal Breakdown, write out 10 goals for the year and then break them down into milestones to keep track of your progress!
- Monthly Overview to know what your month looks like and set mini-goals for the month. Weekly Overview to keep track of habits and remember important meetings, calls, appointments and more.
- Monthly Self-Reflection after every month take the time to look back and get to know yourself much better!
"Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."
- Francis Bacon
Writing things down may seem like a step back in our technology driven society, but it will push you forward to a successful you!
Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Psychological Science, 25(6), 1159–1168.
Umejima, K., Ibaraki, T., Yamazaki, T., & Sakai, K. (2021). Paper notebooks vs. mobile devices: Brain activation differences during memory retrieval. Frontiers In Behavioral Neuroscience, 15.