Many of us are already aware of the benefits of journaling in building and maintaining good leadership practices and it’s value in helping process experiences and make better, more nuanced decisions. Fewer realize how important physical handwriting has proven to be over typing.

Studies have long since shown that handwriting notes and information results in much higher retention and understanding of material than typing on a computer. The benefits don’t stop there.

Pen and paper writing forces you to slow down. The sensory processing of putting pen to paper increases activity in the brain’s motor cortex, similar to patterns seen during meditation. Writing longhand heightens mindfulness and creativity. I am often amazed with what surfaces for me when journaling.

Seeing goals, objectives, and values written in your own handwriting can also improve your familiarity and accountability beyond that of computer typeface. Interestingly, I recently noticed that I am more focused on my goals and am in alignment with my values when I journal. It’s almost like I can’t lie to myself on paper.

While there truly is no right way to journal, I encourage you to give the handwriting a try and see if you notice a difference. Next time you want to remember something, document an experience, or lay out a list of goals – consider grabbing a pen instead of opening the notes app on your cell phone.

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“Keeping a journal will change your life in ways you never imagined.” – Oprah Winfrey

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