Typing on a computer is awesome.
There’s the speed of it, the ability to move chunks of text back and forth, and of course, spell check.
But handwriting is different. Whereas writing on a computer is a useful tool for getting your thoughts across, handwriting is an art, in which everyone has a unique style.
There’s a reason why handwritten letters are considered more romantic than Whatsapp. It takes time, it takes effort, and it forces you to think. Isn’t it fascinating how the style reveals something about the writer’s personality or the emotional state they were in when writing?
When handwriting beats typing
Writing by hand has a link to learning that writing on a computer doesn’t have.
It has been shown that we process information better when we write by hand – it makes us focus. When, for example, attending a lecture, the students that take notes by hand learn more than those that use a laptop. It might seem contradictory. Writing by hand is slower than typing, so how do the students that are able to take less notes learn more?
The answer is that when you are forced to write less, you have to learn to prioritize, summarize and digest information.
Handwriting also makes us more creative. The hand movements that we do when writing by hand are connected to more innovation – certain parts of the brain are activated that aren’t when typing.
“Handwriting is more connected to the movement of the heart.”
In spite of its this, the amount of handwriting we do in our everyday lives is decreasing. It’s happening in schools, at workplaces, everywhere.
As we all know, it’s pointless to fight digitalization. We benefit so much from the effectiveness of typing – imagine trying to write an essay of hundreds of words, by hand. No one in their right mind would do that.
Instead, we should treat computers as a tool for writing, but not a replacement for all writing.
Notebooks can be used to
- Take notes
- Be more mindful
I currently have 4 notebooks in use, in addition to my planner.
One is for planning my life, like the goals I have for a week or future blog posts. Sometimes, when I don’t have my computer, I use it to write the first draft of a post. It also contains my running journal.
Then I have one that is basically the same thing, but smaller, so I can take it take with me when I don’t have much space in my bag or when I’m traveling.
One is for poetry. It’s a bendy little notebook that I can fit in my handbag, as I often like to keep it with me.
One is my diary. It’s not structured or organized at all, as I don’t like having to stick to a certain way of writing. It just has random thoughts, quotes I like, tickets from travel and ugly drawings I’d never want anyone to see.
I think my favorite part of writing in notebooks is that it gives me so many new ideas.
There’s something about listening to your inner voice and recording what it says that makes it that much louder.
It’s also lovely to have memories of your life written down. I’m terrified of forgetting things as I get older, especially the good stuff that’s happened to me.
And lastly, using notebooks for writing down ideas, as well as goals and to-dos can actually make work feel much more fun!
Ideas for notebooks
- To do lists
- Dream diary
- Keeping track of diet/workouts
- Stream of consciousness
- Favorite quotes
- Places to visit: museums, restaurants, parks, cities…
- Books to read/books you have read
When buying a notebook, there are so many options.
Do you want the size to be large, medium or small?
Do you want the covers to be soft or hard?
Should the pages be checkered, lined or blank?
Also, what kind of paper should it be?
Writing by hand is proven to increase learning and creativity.
Using notebooks is great for holding on to your memories, and writing down to do lists and goals can actually make work seem fun.
There are a million inspiring ways you can use notebooks – create whatever you want!