Why thinking on paper is a fast way to focus
I, for the last 10 years, I’ve been a digital product designer
and I noticed that my journaling actually allowed me to think in a completely different way.
So even when I would be designing different kinds of software applications
from watching interfaces to video game interfaces,
it always started out on paper,
and over time I realized that the more I could actually take my thoughts offline,
the clearer they would become and the more I could focus.
因为 虽然你可以坐下来开始打字 在APP上做笔记
Because I mean you could sit down and start typing out, you can journal in an app,
but I noticed I’d be journaling in an app the next thing I know
I’m ordering shoes online and
you have no idea how you got from one point to the other.
But when you sit down with a notebook and
as soon as you engage with the page, you are unplugged.
So it forces you to really engage with your thoughts in a way
that feel has not been accurately replicated in the digital space.
So for me the act of bullet journaling is an act of thinking,
it’s an act of unplugging and actually processing the information,
and in my community I’ve found that that’s also provided significant value
to people who get caught up in the rush of everyday life.
It’s a moment that you can take back.
It’s a moment where you can really have the luxury of sitting down
and starting to digest the things that you otherwise can easily be overwhelmed by.
I think one thing that we often kind of forget is
just because something is convenient does not make it efficient.
So a lot of times data entry, if you type for example,
happens a lot faster but in that process,
a lot gets lost because you’re just kind of parroting the source
and I think that it’s really important to actually hear what’s being said
than just simply kind of spitting it back out onto paper.
So when you’re writing a lot of the time what you want to do is
reduce the amount of information that you’re capturing
only down to what truly matters.
So you’re distilling information in real time.
And in order to do that you have to think about what truly matters.
And I feel like
writing by hand allows us to think significantly more about the information that we are writing down.
I mean the actual act of writing
activates very many different parts of our brain simultaneously.
From the science that I’ve seen, it doesn’t happen when you’re typing.
So, for example, students that were separated into two separate groups –
one was allowed to take notes via handwriting and the other via typing.
And the group that wrote by hand retained the information significantly longer
and significantly more accurately.
So I think that when you concentrate and you focus on writing
you are engaging with content significantly more.
You have to.
The weight of the pen, the ideas,
the concepts that you’re trying to distill down to what matters,
how your handwriting looks, how quickly you’re writing
and all those things immediately focus your attention
more so than I would say typing would.
So decision fatigue is when you find yourself literally exhausted
by the amount of decisions that you have to make,
because we’re constantly inundated by so many different things from so many different channels.
All that information requires our attention,
and a lot of that information actually requires us to act.
And acting on information is essentially making a decision.
So do you want to go watch this movie?
Do you want to go on this trip?
Do you want to respond to this email?
Do you? Do you? Do you? Do you?
You have to constantly keep asking yourself and you’re making decisions.
慢慢地 如果你不退一步 而是任由自己被信息淹没
And over time, the more you allow yourself to be inundated by without taking a step back,
the more exhausted you get.
It might not be physically.
Right. You can make decisions all day long,
and you can still run a marathon
but our mind also has a limited amount of energy.
Your ability to make decisions becomes worse,
it can really quickly degrade
when you’re constantly making decisions.
And again for me,
journaling is a big part of that
because a lot of these decisions don’t add value to our life.
You’re thinking about things just because they are there
not because they actually mean something to us.
我觉得很多时候 我们忘记了一点 那就是
And a lot of the time I think we forget that
just because something could be done doesn’t mean that it needs to be done.
And it certainly shouldn’t be taking up our time and our energy and our focus.
We live in an age of unlimited possibility,
and possibilities all require us to make a decision.
And I think it’s really important to realise that we are very limited.
Our attention is limited.
Our time is very limited.
And if we start to structure our days around that concept,
then we can start to…
we can start to protect the time that we do have
and start trying to make decisions based on things that do matter to us
所以我想 在做决策之前 我们还需慎重考虑
I think before we make a decision we have to make the decision to be
very careful about what we let into our lives.
And if we don’t, we suffer from decision fatigue.