Are best plans made with a pen in hand? Some believe so. The digital age has certainly created alternatives to planning on paper, but a long-held belief by many is that the personal nature of planning lends itself to the handwritten word.
Writing by hand is a skill taught to us at a young age and is often the easiest way to communicate your thoughts, despite the advances of technology. It’s a natural process.
And, when used in the process of planning, taking the time to hand write the words and phrases that form your goals and responsibilities creates a personal investment, an ownership. It’s perhaps a more intimate connection with your tasks, appointments, and goals.
The blog Lifehacker defended the written word in a recent post:
“A pen and paper has but one functionality. It captures the marks I make so that they can be referred to at a later time. It doesn’t ring, it doesn’t bother me with an incoming chat or IM. It never asks me to plug it in so it can get more power. It doesn’t crash, it never needs an upgrade, and it is unlikely that someone will snatch my pad and bolt from a coffee shop with it when I turn my back.”
Of course, there are those like me who believe that a combination of paper and digital planning is the best solution. Others, are completely digital and swear by iPhone apps and computer software to manage their information.
What are your thoughts? How often do you use paper and pen for your planning? Please comment here, or voice your opinion on Facebook.
A Defense of Writing Longhand [Lifehacker]
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