My first Publication The Creative Space Volume 1 January 2020 | Page 3

Topic “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. 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. 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. 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 to have a macro view of your thinking, and allows you to recognize both your wins and your triggers. And there it is, 6 reasons why you should make writing down your ideas and your goals a “Must” in 2020.