Writing something down manually (by hand) improves our ability to recall information through the process of encoding.
Our brain uses more processing systems when we write by hand than when we type because we're physically coordinating our brain and hands. Ultimately, we're forced to organize information in a concise manner and.
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When we write things down we are given more creative freedom to do what we want to do and write what we want to write.
You have the chance to organize things that goes beyond the line-by-line offered by most note-taking and to-do list apps.
When writing we are limited both in physical space (pages of a notebook) and physical ability (we can't write without getting tired).
Thus with these limitations, we are forced to decide what's more important. We pay more attention to what we write a little more carefully, snip out the less important ones and keep the ones worth writing.
Things that are written down are always readily accessible whenever you need them even when you're in the midst of distraction and it won't encourage you to get distracted even further.
We're not denying the fact that to-do list apps and note-taking apps are handy, but once we turn off our screens and put them away, we tend to forget about them.
Like what they say "out of sight, out of mind."
Letter writing - by hand - is linked with mental health benefits.
Letter-writing may seem like a lost art form. However, during the initial quarantine and beyond, statistics showed an increase in sales of notecards and writing papers. TikTok's hashtag #penpal has over 192 million views and penpal communities are increasing globally.
If people's physical lives were anywhere near as cluttered as their digital lives, their kitchen sinks would be full of dishes, their closets would be jammed, and their houses would be in chaos.
But our digital lives are limited to our devices, so we don't notice how messy they are. Our news feeds are filled with updates we don't care about. We're subscribed to 100 podcasts but listen to only a few.
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