Today, it is really easy to get wrapped up in technology as the end-all need for managing our lives. I get wrapped up in this fallacy myself, but sometimes people are right in saying that using paper just makes more sense.
My to-do lists, recipes, mail, and nearly all of my purchases are now paperless. Sometimes a little paper would make life easier.
Here are some ideas for times when paper and pen might be better than electronic communications:
- Class notes
- Greeting cards
- To-do lists
- Some financial documents
- Meeting handouts
- Thank-you notes
- Some books
- Legal documents
- Some resumes and cover letters
You might see a trend there. The reasons behind that list can be broken down into a few categories.
Cognitive and Memory – People retain information better when they physically write it down. For school books and projects, taking notes by hand and reading a physical textbook may lead to better retention and school performance.
Professional Communications – While email has become the norm for quick back-and-forth notes, professional communications such as resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes from interviews should be done the old fashioned way (unless the potential employer specifies online as the preferred communication method for resumes and cover letters). Paper, snail mail, and hand written thank you notes show extra effort was taken.
Emotional Connection – No one wants an ecard for their birthday or anniversary. A real card with a hand written note mean a lot more.
Practical Uses - Sometimes writing a to-do list may be faster than adding it to an app. Sometimes legal documents are safer in a safe deposit box than an external hard drive. Use your brain and think of times when it makes more sense to just ditch the keyboard and grab a pen.
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