Actually Writing Stuff Down

As part of my commitment to writing more, I'm also going to try to write more. By that I mean actually use a pencil and write words on paper. As someone who is only separate from his iPhone upon pain of death (or at least serious injury), it seems strange to be using paper and pencil, however...



I'll come right out and say it, my handwriting is atrocious. Anything I write on paper looks like it was done by a 4 year old while riding in the back of a 1974 Dodge Ram over a barren, rocky field. Seriously. Ask my wife about my handwriting and she'll likely turn to you with a look of disgust on her face.



Even thought my writing sucks, I still believe there is something to the whole thing about how writing by hand does something to our brains. It helps things stick more, it helps us make neural connections that we might not otherwise make.



Merlin Mann always says that going out and buying a new notebook won't solve your problems, but so far (it's been a week), I've managed to actually make a change in my habits. I purchased a set of Field Notes notebooks and have found them to be incredibly useful. I just write stuff down as it comes into my head. Whether it's work related or personal matters little. I haven't found a particular taxonomy that works for me yet, but I'll get there.



Hopefully I'll write another post in a few months with stories of my notebook habit success.