The Power of the Pen

 In Unimenta Blog

Today marks the beginning of National Stationery Week in the UK and so it seems only fitting to write about the power of the pen. When was the last time you wrote something by hand? Maybe it was a shopping list or some notes or maybe you keep a journal.

National Stationery Week is all about cheerleading the act of writing by hand in a time when we do so less and less. And there are so many good reasons to write by hand:

  • Writing by hand can boost your productivity and help with setting goals, and taps into a part of your brain that can help you make great decisions!
  • Are you right-handed or left-handed? Did you know that your right hand is connected to your left brain – responsible for language, judgement and intellect, and your left hand is connected to your right brain – responsible for creativity, empathy and perception? You can strengthen your brain by swapping which hand you use to write.
  • If you’ve never kept a journal try writing by hand first thing in the morning. It’s one of the most effective ways to clear your brain, plan your day and come up with new ideas.
  • Taking the time to create a hand-written ‘thank you’ card or letter is time well spent when it comes to nurturing relationships both professional and personal.

It may seem that typing on a keyboard is so much faster than writing by hand but writing by hand unlocks something in the brain because it is personal and unique to us. Writing on a keyboard has more speed and detachment and allows us to edit and rewrite instantly and as much as we want to. The actual process of writing forces your brain to process information in a different way so that you can work your way through an idea or thought and actually write something down. When you physically write something, a sentence, a reminder, a couple of sentences, it doesn’t matter. It engages a different part of your brain which will help you to remember it for longer.

gratitude-diary

I recently started keeping a daily gratitude journal – The 6-minute journal – because it simply takes six minutes a day but wow – what an impact. The journal is packed with clear and insightful explanations of why practising gratitude makes such a huge difference. Every morning I am tasked with writing (and the journal advocates writing by hand) 3 things I am grateful for, how I will make the day great and some affirmations. On the same page at the end of the day I write down three great things that happened and how I’ll improve. I highly recommend it.

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The Power of the Pen – a Unimenta webinar

Join us online to find out more… This webinar will cover why physically writing with a pen can be so powerful and how and when to harness that power as well as how to write well – whether that’s an old-fashioned letter or a word-processed report. Top tips on how to immediately get better at writing just about anything.

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