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Issue 17 Out Now

The Importance Of Writing Things Down



We are often overloaded with information in this day and age, from social media usage, the news, and even the people around us. This overload can often overwhelm people, causing them to forget important information. The best way to combat this is to write things down. Making lists, journal entries, and calendars help to keep you focused and organized.


The heavy screen usage in our lives makes it hard to remember everything. Writing out what you want to accomplish, errand lists, and memos help to strengthen our memory. The process happens through external storage and encoding. External storage is storing information in a vessel akin to a journal, calendar, or video diary, granting easy access for viewing. When encoding happens, your brain analyzes and arranges information making it easier to understand. Encoding is most effective when your write notes. Your brain engages with the details making it easier to recall.



Writing down details will do more than strengthen your memory. When you take it further and write down your short-term and long-term goals, you’ll visualize achieving them. You will clarify your priorities when achieving your goals, allowing you to make them a reality. Documenting the process and how far along you are will help you reflect on how you can improve.


Recording your emotions can help you to process them better. Writing your feelings out helps you to think through them. With the stress of everyday life, we often forget to think about our emotions, allowing negative thoughts to overwhelm us. When ignored, these emotions can manifest in various facets of our lives, affecting our work performance, physical well-being, and state of mind. When you begin to write out your emotions, positive or negative, they become easier to handle. When you give your feelings a physical form, you can release them, freeing your mind from overwhelming thoughts.



Most people struggle with wording their emotions, making it hard to write about them. To improve your writing skills, try writing about your life. Writing down your progress and experiences will help to make writing easier. Simply writing about your day, friends, things you saw, or music you like. You can improve your writing. This simple activity will help give you more depth when writing out your emotions. This exercise will aid you in conveying your feelings effectively.


Documenting your life can also help you further reflect. Retelling experiences where you may have been overwhelmed by anger or sadness can help you gain clarity. Writing out how a situation made you feel allows you to release it. Reading what you wrote can help you approach these situations from a different angle. Reflection allows you to view your shortcomings and hold yourself accountable. Try making it a habit of keeping a pen and a small notebook with you, and record small notes on your thoughts, feelings, and significant moments.



Incorporating writing into your life can lead to success. Visualizing your life goals while healthily channeling your emotions will help to set you on the path to achieving your dreams. When you write out the things you want in life and work to achieve them, you can manifest your desires into reality.




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