17 Great Reasons To Carry A Pen & Paper

open notebook icon with pencil isolatedOkay, so you carry your i-thingy and your android-whats-its, so why do you also need a primitive 20th century pen and simple notebook or legal pad?

There’s still nothing that activates the brain like that old pen and paper behavior from childhood.

Some reasons why it’s great to be able to write at any time of the day and wherever we find ourselves.

Writing allows you to:

  1. Do a quick brainstorm of new ideas to consider alone or with colleagues.
  2. Off –load petty annoyances and angers so you don’t have to think about them anymore.
  3. Doodle notes during a phone call. Record how long the phone call is if you want to cut it short after a set number of minutes.
  4. Make a shopping list.
  5. Write questions to consider seeking answers to.
  6. Quickly add an item or three to your to-do list, perhaps even with a note of when to do them or who to delegate them to.
  7. Record a remark made that you want to ponder, process, or query, at a later time.
  8. Do a two column pro and con list before making a decision.
  9. Clarify your feelings and thinking.
  10. Give yourself a little pep talk, confidence booster before a big meeting or presentation.
  11. Take quick notes during a meeting.
  12. Keep a full-blown to-do list so that you can manually check off the completed items.
  13. Draft in a few bullet points what you want to write or speak about.
  14. Record observations that you want to recall for later processing.
  15. Work out ideas that you need to find clarity about.
  16. Jot down a phone number or appointment info. while you’re talking on your smartphone and it’s too awkward to type into the phone. .
  17. Keep a regular journal to do a full-blown 10-30 minute brain drain.

IT’S YOUR TURN! What are some more reasons that everyone should carry a pen & paper? Share your ideas with us in the ‘Comments’ section below!

About The Author: Judy Shafarman

Judy Shafarman is a lifelong teacher who has taught at 4 universities, colleges, private and public institutions, companies, and numerous residences. She has taught English as a foreign language,technical writing, and topics in well-being and teacher training courses to people of all ages from 6 continents. She has a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Education from The University of Texas at Austin

Judy has compiled and authored three books – listed below – for journal writers. That means you! 🙂 You can also read more about Judy & her books on her author’s page at Amazon.

Journal 365
Journal: 365+ Writing Prompts, Ideas And Quotes To Cultivate Joy (Volume 1)

This book offers close to 400 prompts alongside thoughtful or whimsical quotations as well as two bonus appendices of folk wisdom for writers, and writers on writing.
My Book Of Appreciation CoverMy Book of Appreciation: A Journal

101 journal prompts and quotes for journal-writers to copy into their notebooks and write and draw on as an exercise to promote gratitude, happiness and increased well-being. You might also enjoy reading your appreciations together with a trusted journal buddy or small group.
My Journal Of Grief And Loss coverMy Journal of Grief and Loss

101 journal prompts accompanied by appropriate quotations and poems for you to copy into your notebooks and write and draw on as an exercise to unburden your heart and soul. A detailed introduction and concluding section for further resources and suggestions provide additionals words of comfort and support.
You can make contact and send suggestions to judy@judyshafarman.net. Along with other places, Judy writes at http://judyshafarman.net/ and http://facebook.com/newvisionpublications-independent publishers.

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3 thoughts on “17 Great Reasons To Carry A Pen & Paper

  1. Dear Deb, great reminder about the reasons pen and paper are so wonderful. It’s good to remember, and good to know about best practices for digital journaling too!

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