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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work Writing

Pen & paper, still useful

We’re much better at reading and editing on paper rather than a computer screen, even if it’s retina.  Words just make more sense on paper.  Here are some other benefits to using paper: #gif #writing
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Paper is about control, allowing for manipulation of the hands, eyes, and pen. If you’ve ever had to send or read an important email, you should print out hard copies first.  

We’re much better at reading and editing on paper rather than a computer screen, even if it’s retina.  Words just make more sense on paper.  Here are some other benefits of using paper:

  • Getting things done
  • Creating mind maps
  • Spilling/Connecting ideas
  • Thinking clearer
  • Editing
  • Scanning email threads
  • Presenting
  • Note-taking

I don’t know what I think until I try to write it down.

Joan Didion

Paper is also better for thinking. Sure, there’s apps for mind mapping and note-taking but pen and blank paper allows you to make a final dump of all your big ideas and then reconnect them to see the big picture.

It’s difficult to think when information is scattered in computer folders, emails, and in different apps. If it’s important enough, it should make it on paper. Below is my own recommendation for balancing digital and print worlds:

Here’s a holistic digital/paper 5-step approach:  

  1. Start with a digital device for idea acquisition.
  2. Snag the best thoughts and write them down on paper.
  3. Connect the thoughts with hand-drawn mind maps and notes.
  4. Return to writing application and begin writing what will be the final product.
  5. Make printouts throughout the writing process and reread/edit so you don’t miss any details.

Children today are already skipping steps 2, 3, and 5 and completing everything from thinking, brainstorming, writing, and editing all on screen. On the whole, businesses still depend on pen and paper to conduct business.

While using less paper means saving trees and reduced clutter, it also makes people susceptible to more grammatical errors and missed connections. Pen and paper will remain useful until digital can mimic or make writing easier.

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Creativity Productivity & Work Quotes

Pick Yourself

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What have you got to lose?

“The opportunity of a lifetime is to pick yourself. Quit waiting to get picked; quit waiting for someone to give you permission; quit waiting for someone to say you are officially qualified and pick yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer, but it does mean you stand up and say, ‘I have something to say. I know how to do something. I’m doing it.’”

Seth Godin
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Creativity Productivity & Work

Maira Kalman on walking

I walk everywhere in the city. Any city. You see everything you need to see for a lifetime. Every emotion. Every condition. Every fashion. Every glory.

Wonderful things happen when your brain is empty.

Maira Kalman
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Thoreau: “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”

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“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”

— Henry David Thoreau
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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

Make didactic mistakes

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Intentionally try to succeed so you can make mistakes and learn from them. Go so far as trying everything so you can eliminate the stuff you don’t like.

Most people fear mistakes because they can’t come to peace with failure. But the right answer is a result of the mistakes you make. You can only progress in working backward.

Mistakes are learning opportunities in disguise. Willful error is how learned as kids. It may have hurt but we usually kept going.

New endeavors seed the brain with new neurons and connection points — the oldest minds can become young again.