Back to the Basics: Why Journaling Trumps Technology
Pen to paper, why is it any different than making a note on my iPhone or pulling out my laptop? Recent studies at Princeton University and the University of California at Los Angeles show that students who take notes by hand score significantly higher on exams than students who take notes on laptops. Studies also show that writing on paper results in higher comprehension and memory retention of what is being written in comparison to note taking on an electronic device.
Finding the ‘Write’ Journal for You
Choosing a journal can be a daunting decision if you don’t have an eye for all things stationary. However, there are some ways to eliminate the clutter from choosing.
Step 2: Size. If you’re not someone who carries a backpack or purse everywhere, you shouldn’t invest in a large journal, instead find a mini-notebook, or a half-sized journal that can easily fit in a pocket, or is not a hassle to lug around. However, if you are someone who doesn’t mind the luggage of a slightly larger notebook, you can find tons of sizes to fit your style.
Step 3: Customize. Color is key. While an all-black Moleskine is a minimalists best friend, a pop of color draws the eye and can make your writing experience something to look forward to. Luckily, versatility in color and style is not something that the Moleskine brand strays away from.
Journaling can be a medium of its own. For millennials, a journal is an essential blank canvas for any lifestyle. Here are 5 versatile ways to utilize your journal:
1.) Calendar; keep track of important dates, physically writing down a priority will definitely keep it in the back of your mind.
2.) To-do Lists; nothing beats the satisfaction of checking off every last box on a weekly to-do list, not to mention it is the simplest way to keep track of your priorities without having your phone constantly send you alerts.
3.) Creative outlet; a journal can be used to bullet those million dollar shower thoughts, to get started on that movie idea or brainstorm on ideas for that startup you’ve been dreaming about starting.
4.) Grab a glue stick; now your journal is your own personal photo-journal. Save magazine clippings, recipes, fashion looks, inspirational quotes etc;
5.) Diary; theres no need to separate business from from pleasure in the journal department. You can keep a list of things to do for the day right alongside your dreams and aspirations for the day, as well as any other important thought you feel like jotting down. Thats the beauty of a journal, it can be a combination of whatever you want it to be.
Finding your Pen-Pal
My pen-pal varies depending on the task at hand.
Sketches & Drawing: Pilot G-2 Retractable Gel Pen, Extra Fine Point, 0.5 mm
Extensive writing: Sharpie Fine-Point Pen, Fine Point, 0.3 mm