In my efforts of increasing my efficiency and improving my performance I have been journaling and keeping my calendar on paper instead of online. What a difference!
How I “think on paper”
- EVERYTHING goes in my calendar and my journal. My schedule, thoughts, brainstorming feel much more contained. Life as a mother can already be chaotic more times than not. It is nice to have a feeling of stability and control when it comes to my thoughts and planning method. To have everything in one place, vs different apps helps me keep more order. Writing on paper is also much less distracting than sitting at the computer or the phone. Less temptation to be pulled into the less productive activities like FB and texting 🙂
- I use my journal for everything! In my morning routine I use it to write my prayers. I also spend 7-10 minutes in the morning and at night writing down things I’m thankful for. Writing these help me be more present and really dwell on them and reduce distraction. I also love using my different colored pens, and color-code my prayers and thoughts LOL. Using my paper journal at night also makes it easier to develop the routine I am working toward, which includes shutting down screens 2 hours before bed (still working on it).
- I use my journal to “think on paper” throughout the day. When I need to process a problem/concern or record an idea, I write it in the book. I want to try “mind mapping” as another way to help declutter my brain. I need lots of that! LOL
I do keeping an online version of my more personal journal writing which provide more privacy. I like Penzu (app & website), but know there are other online journals out there that work great.
I have heard of the benefits of writing things down. I’ve been doing it for a more than a month and am sold on the idea!
Have you noticed a difference when you write things down on paper?