Elyse Hauser is a freelance and creative writer from the Pacific Northwest, and an MFA student at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She specializes in lifestyle writing and creative nonfiction. Read more...
If you’re trying to stay organized, you don’t have to look much further than an app store. There are countless tools designed to help you remember the important things in life. But what if the best way is to simply write it down?
Research suggests this is the case—more on that in a moment. And while each person has her own preferred method for writing notes and to-do lists, your brain holds onto information better after you’ve written it down. That’s a pretty good incentive for going old-school with a journal or day planner.
Why Your Brain Loves Pen and Paper What Should You Write Down, and When? Keep a To-Do List Jot Down Your Goals Stick to Just the Essentials Take Notes on Podcasts and Shows Write Down Important Stuff More Than Once Check Your Notes