Writing by hand, taking notes seems like such an old-fashioned way of getting ideas down. Yet, I find that when I do that, I am a more active learner and participant. These days, I carry an iPad (sans keyboard) and my trusty memo pad to take notes.
Some folks say that writing by hand makes a difference…
Mental Floss suggests the following:
- Putting ink to paper stimulates a part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System, or the RAS. Source: Mental Floss
- “I like the slowness of writing by hand.” Susan Sontag
- Prevents distraction.
- “According to The Wall Street Journal, some physicians claim that the act of writing — which engages your motor-skills, memory, and more — is good cognitive exercise for baby boomers who want to keep their minds sharp as they age.”
- It’s too easy to edit yourself brutally when you’re typing on a screen.
- To your brain, writing by hand feels more like making art.
- Handwriting is more real.
- The act of writing helps you clarify your thoughts, remember things better, and reach your goals more surely.
- A couple of studies, though, substantiate why the physical act of writing really does boost learning and goal achievement.
As a writer, I find I can write faster, longer with a keyboard. In fact, a device without a keyboard flips it into “consume” mode rather than “create” mode for me (why I prefer a Chromebook/laptop over iPad w/o keyboard any day of the week). But there are times when writing by hand is perfectly appropriate and this realization has rekindled my long-time love affair with notebooks, journals, and paper.
And, that’s probably why I’m fascinated by beautifully designed items like this:
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My wife and I purchased one of these for our daughter, and I have to admit I snuck a purchase in for myself (but the smaller version).
If you’re wondering what my favorite pen is, well, right now, it’s those cheap blue ink BIC pens (not the fine point, I hate fine point) that gush ink out onto the page as you slide across it.
By the way, you may like this comparison from GigaOM of ipad note-taking apps…
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