Remember to Write to Remember
As simple as it might seem, a lot of us usually put off, or simply don’t find the importance, of writing things down. While we might feel like a few things, of even as little as 2-3 things will be easy to remember, most of the time, it really isn’t. This is when it gets extremely difficult, as we often find ourselves stumped on that one last thing that we weren’t able to do.
This is why you’re supposed to write things down. Even if it’s just one thing that you must do thirty minutes from now, write it down on a piece of paper, and put it somewhere you can see relatively easily. As a rule, anything that you can’t start right now, or will be doing two minutes from now, should be put down onto paper. Don’t always rely on your memory for everything. As easy as something might be to remember, once your focus shifts to something else, you’re almost bound to forget – and once something leaves your mind, it will be particularly difficult to remember, especially if you need to remember details.
However, writing something down by hand engages your brain to create many, many associations that will allow you to remember more easily when you look back at it. Firstly, there’s the act of writing it down – the movement of your hands, the stroke of your pen – which is associated to the thought, which is also associated to the precise details you were thinking of while you were writing it down.
While typing something down onto a keyboard, your brain doesn’t get the same sort of engagement – which is also why, if you want to be getting better grades in college, consider writing down your notes, instead of typing them onto MS Word on your laptop.
In this way, you’re not only actively engaging your brain, but also subconsciously every time you recall thoughts from looking at your notes. Additionally, when your brain isn’t cluttered with countless things that need to be remembered, your brain is also working more efficiently – more productively.