I’m kind of against the trend of calling everything a “hack” these days. (It’s almost on par with, “Dermatologists hate her because of this ONE WEIRD TRICK,” in terms of clickbait phrases that have lost all meaning.) But I really am going to talk about a simple trick/hack that’s proven to help you remember stuff and make your brain work better.
I took a lot of psychology classes in college and in almost all of them, the professor would make the same suggestion at the beginning of each semester: “Writing notes engages more areas of your brain and makes you remember the material better than typing notes. If I were you, I’d skip bringing my laptop to class.” You can read more about the research behind this here.
If that’s true for taking notes in an academic setting, you can probably apply that same insight to professional reminders and to-dos right?
I love plugging all my upcoming tasks into my phone. It’s convenient and efficient. But this week I decided to physically write things down in addition to putting them in my phone.
This article from Mashable goes over 7 ways physical writing is supposed to help your brain. I outline my observations on trying this below:
I think I’ll keep with the habit of physically writing stuff down. It makes me feel like I have a better handle on everything that’s going on, and it gives me an excuse to actually use my marbled white board that I’ve only used as a photo backdrop until now.
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