Before we started the creative design process of our 'INK IT' organization station, we spent a lot of time understanding what critical elements are needed to really get organized.
One of the stand-out elements of organizing systems (that work for people) was the overwhelming benefits of writing things down.That's right... good 'ole hand writing.
It forms planning habits, helps to aid recall and is proven to be a more effective than any techie-based screen solution by numerous experts worldwide.
I know, I know - it sounds so simple. However, in our tech-obsessed society, the memory retention benefits of taking the time to hand-write are often forgotten.
We found so many great articles during the R &D phase of our INK IT wall planner. We wanted to share our Top 5.
#1 Neuroscience Explains - Mark Murphy put a great article together for Forbes Magazine about writing and goal setting. One of his studies called The Gender Gap and Goal Setting found that both men and women need to do a much better job of writing down their goals. The success benefits are enormous.
#2 Psychological Benefits of Writing Things Down - This article written for Shopify by Kaya Ismail is a great reminder of some of the less obvious benefits like thinking bigger, learning more and the importance of removing distractions.
#3 Effective Study - We definitely knew that we were onto something when we read this great article by Allison Eck about how studying can be way more effective simply by taking notes with pen and paper! The memory improvement benefits are clear.
#4 Hand Writing and Brain Training - The Wall Street Journal also published an excellent article on How Hand Writing Trains the Brain. Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate.
#5 Journal Writing - For those who have a Journal, well done! It is especially beneficial for entrepreneurs and students. It is also a proven method for increasing your level of organization and memory retention. According to Dr. James Pennebaker, an expert in the field of expressive writing, to get the best results from journaling, it was recommended that you:
- Forget about grammar/spelling when you write (phew!).
- Be honest and authentic (write like no one else is going to read it).
- Write by hand for better memory recall.
- Adopt cursive writing to get your thoughts out faster.
You can read more about it all here
So - if you ever wondered why we started our INK IT organization station innovation with pen and paper in mind, now you know :-)
Allison & Jason
Let us know your thoughts - do you think writing things down is important?