Good Old Pen And Paper

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

Jack London

Everybody nowadays is a technophile, with their own smartphone or tablet loaded with the latest and most popular apps. Technology is wonderful because it can help us communicate more efficiently than ever before, become better organised and become more knowledgeable.

It does have its downside though. Technology can become addictive. How many times have you seen people develop tunnel vision, to the point where they are so focused on their phone as they walk down the street that they do not pay attention to their surroundings and trip over and fall?! Technology can also malfunction, deteriorate over time and needs its battery to be regularly recharged.

This is why I always have one of my notebooks or journals with me at all times. This is something very simple yet incredibly beneficial. It is one of the factors which have helped me in transforming my life.

Instead of carrying around multitudes of thoughts, I write them down. Throughout the day, I write down ideas, make observations, reflect on the progress I am making towards my goals and how far I have still to go and I also write down any decisions which I have to make but am not certain how to proceed. It’s always better to write things down because when you see a decision or situation on paper, it becomes much easier to gain perpective and find a solution.

Notebooks are great for creativity too. When inspiration strikes, just open your notebook and start writing or sketching. Collect ideas or thoughts for your blog or the book you plan to write. Reflect on your thoughts and feelings.

All this means that the humble notebook, if you actually use it, can help you in your quest to make constant improvements in your life.

Give it a go. After a few days, you will find it making your creative juices flow. If, as I was for much of last year, you are battling depression, putting all of your thoughts and feelings into a notebook can help you to make sense of them and see light at the end of the tunnel. Not to overlook the benefits of helping you to organise your thoughts amd gain a deeper understanding of yourself and who you really are.

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