A really great way to encourage self connection is with old fashioned pen and paper.
The process of writing long-hand is SO good for the brain and for the free-flow of ideas. There is evidence to suggest that writing long-hand:
- improves retention of information (handwritten notes helps retain knowledge as the brain summarises and comprehends better when committing notes to paper)
- increases critical thinking and problem solving (strong writers and avid readers are non-linear thinkers and are more able to draw connections and develop unconventional solutions to complex problems)
- heightens creativity (using paper forces the brain to slow down and use phrases or shapes to solidify complex ideas).
A huge bonus is that you also can’t self-edit as easily as when you use a keyboard, which means a higher likelihood of actually getting all of your ideas out on the page before pressing the delete button!Writing in long-hand is a fabulous way to create a meaningful connection with self partly because of the physical act of feeling the writing surface and holding the pen. Your brain is actually required to use thought to direct precise movement of that pen across the writing surface. Whereas, the alternative, using a keyboard, is a simple memory-based action – executing keystrokes is a repetitive motion based on letter placement on the keyboard.People often prefer typing because of the speed and convenience and the ability to share and print documents easily. All very valid reasons. However the benefits outlined above are often lost when you hit the keys instead of the paper. Thankfully there are ways to have your cake and eat it too – using a stylus to write on a tablet or using a service such as Evernote to scan your handwritten notes are great ways to get the best of both worlds.
Here are a couple of ways to connect with yourself and your ideas
The writing of content on paper requires more than just scribbling on sticky notes or idle doodling. Mind mapping is a great way to develop concepts or solve problems because it encourages unstructured thinking and it activates the creative side of your brain. When you write a whole bunch of ideas down around a particular topic, you get to see the connection between them. This often helps you find the story or pathway within the idea and connects you more fully to it.
Incorporating different colours into your writing is beneficial in both academic and professional settings. Using a consistent colour-coded system allows you to easily see where your priorities are and where pertinent activities or thoughts are included. If you’re more of a visual person then this will really suit you. You can get quite creative with your colour coding!
A Focused Moment
When you’re in a position where you know you need some help or it’s time to make a change, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, stop for a minute and take a good look around you. Where you are right now is super important. Then write it down. Describe what you see, how you feel, who’s around you and what you’re doing. Be ok with where you are but acknowledge you want something more or different. That clarity and acknowledgement of the present will help you figure out the next best step for you.
Examination of Fear
Being wrapped in fear is paralysing. Sometimes the fear is founded but often it’s only perceived. So if you’re able to pause for a few minutes to examine what you’re actually afraid of, you’re better able to face those fears. Write them down. Where is the fear felt on your body? How does it affect your thinking, your breathing? What if that fear wasn’t real? What if it was removed in an instant? When you can face the fear, you can embrace the fear which helps you work with it and move forward rather than stay paralysed.
Connecting with yourself first, through pen and paper, to understand where you’re at is going to put you in good stead to write the words your audience needs to hear at any given point. Take a moment, don’t rush it. The right words to create meaningful connection will come.
If you need a hand with implementing this process into your weekly marketing schedule, drop me a line. We can do a thirty minute power session to get you on the right track.