Creating a New Vision: Why writing things down actually works.
Updated: Mar 25
“We all drive ourselves crazy with excessive thinking at times. But when you put your thoughts into words, they become less scary. When you write down what scares you, you will automatically work on a solution. Sometimes the solution is acceptance. But you need to write those things down first.”- Darius Foroux.
In my 1:1 coaching sessions, one of the first things I ask clients to do is buy a notebook.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy-any cheap notepad, notebook or copybook will do.
I also advise that they keep a number of these notebooks around - on the bedside table, in their purse, car, even in the bathroom (many great ideas are birthed on the “Throne”).
My point is, inspiration can hit you at any time - better you keep something close by to record it. Having said that, there’s a ton of reasons why you should write stuff down.
My 6 reasons for doing this? Look below:
1. We all forget.
Basically, there’s short-term and long term memory-what the mind considers important it remembers, what it doesn’t it will quickly forget. Research suggests that even when laptops are used to take notes, their use results in shallower processing.
2. Ideas are wonderful things, but they’re degradable.
Ever woke up in the middle of the night and on your way to the bathroom (or the kitchen for a snack or a glass of water) you had a brilliant idea? What did you do? You told yourself you’ll write it down later. What actually happened? You got up and the idea was long gone. My point is unless you write it down somewhere, you’ll lose it.
“There’s a certain magic of writing it down. When you type it out on your phone or computer, you’re not paying as much attention to each word. You can tune out and make the task purely about copying letters. But with writing, it’s a more psychological experience that demands your attention.”
–Will Chou, Personal Development Blogger and Podcaster.
3. Written goals are critical to our development.
At the beginning of each year, we make resolutions - goals we intend to accomplish in the 365 days ahead. But if we don’t write it down, we won’t tackle it.
4. To remind yourself about what’s important.
Life can get busy-really quick. Issues come up and we often lose track of what matters. Writing down your goals acts as an “aide memoire”- helping you to keep your focus where it matters - on crushing those goals.
5. To clear your mental browser.
I wish I could tell you I came up with this phrase-I didn’t, but I found it to be so appropriate. Just like leaving too many tabs open on your computer consumes memory, having too many things to remember, leaves you stressed out and in the end, you accomplish nothing. Writing things down helps you to feel calmer and more relaxed-which results in clearer thinking.
6. It helps you to get to know YOU.
In the noise of social media with its superficial relationships, it’s easy to lose sight of who you are and what you like/want/desire for your life (and your biz). This is perhaps one of the reasons for the rise of journaling-it helps you create a macro view of your thinking, and allows you to recognize both your wins and your triggers.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are in your career. Writing is one of the few skills in life that everyone can benefit from”
- Darius Foroux, author of ‘Win Your Inner Battles” and founder of Procrastinate Zero
And there it is, 6 reasons why you should make writing down your ideas and your goals a “Must” in 2020.
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