Who knew there was such a thing as National Handwriting Day?! I’m alllll for it! Is there a parade? 😉 I’ve talked about my trials and tribulations related to Mommy Brain , so believe me when I say writing stuff down is key for helping me remember things. I find when I actually put pen to paper I remember better.
According to Mental Floss , one of the most effective ways to study and retain new information is to rewrite your notes by hand.
I think we all can agree, the benefits to writing by hand definitely go well beyond posterity, however, who doesn’t love coming across an old handwritten note or recipe from grandma? In fact, I have a keepsake folder that has every personal card, letter and note that has meant something to me. It’s quite a collection that I’ve built over the years and I cherish it dearly. Sadly, with the rise of technology, the days of a handwritten note or letter has fallen to the wayside. I’m no stickler for proper etiquette, but I am definitely a huge proponent of the handwritten thank you card. My girls even have their own stationary. More about that in the coming weeks!! Beyond notes and letters, I think journaling is also a great venue for the handwritten. I find when I brainstorm, or even when making to-do lists, I’m more successful when I write it out. I thought this article by Lifehack was particularly inspiring about why you should take the time to write something every day. Their top reason to write related to stress relief. Literally getting it out of your head and putting it on paper. Writing is therapeutic and also a great way to sweep your mind of any forgotten tasks that accumulated throughout the day.
I find when I actually put pen to paper I remember better...
Now that you know why you should write by hand, you need to have the best tools, right?! I really like these journals from Moleskin . Or how about this sketchbook ? It is perfect for artistic types who need a little sketching space to go along with their handwritten words. I use my journal to make lists of what needs to be accomplished for the week ahead. I like this quote that starts this journal off . If you want to get fancy, then this Italian red leather journal is just for you. This softcover journal from Urban Outfitters is leafy fresh. If you want to tip your hat to 70’s style embossed leather, then this owl cutie journal is perfection. Don’t forget your pen !
What is the last thing you wrote by hand? If it’s been a long time, I hope I can inspire you pick up that pen and paper and get started. Your mind and memory will thank you for it.
Here’s to National Handwriting Day!