I have a hybrid organizing system that involves pens and keyboard. I use a Palm for my datebook and address book and I write my to do lists by hand. I’ve tried to get the whole system on the Palm, but it just doesn’t work for me. Partly, it’s because of the thinking process that goes into writing my lists.
I noticed back in college that I remembered more about a lecture when I took notes, even when I never looked at them again! I could actually visualize the page where I’d written a particular note and recall what it said without opening the notebook. I also occasionally read that hand writing activates different areas of your brain than typing does.
I’m reading a productivity book that recommends going entirely over to writing by hand and I have to say I’m tempted. I plan to review the book, Todoodlist, when I finish it, but right now I’m just intrigued by why it’s so different to move a pen across paper.
When I write a list by hand, lots is going on. I stop to doodle in the margin, I write smaller or larger, I notice more graphically how long my list is, I make symbols in the margin to group items, I make sublists out on the right margin, I scratch the cat’s head with my pen, etc. I find I’m thinking, planning, visualizing, daydreaming and strategizing much more than I do when putting to do’s into the PDA. It’s also more enjoyable. That’s got to be worth something!
I also prefer writing on unlined paper. Maybe that’s another good blog topic…
What do you prefer and why?Writing from tosaytheleast’s photostream