Writing and Retention

I have found that if I really want to remember something, I write it down. Studies have shown that writing by hand appears to improve our ability to remember things, meaning even in today’s tech-obsessed society, the pen just might be mightier than Word.

In this technology growing word it might seem stupid to put pen to paper but studies show the opposite.

According to Dr. Helen Macpherson of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University “When we write by hand, we have to coordinate verbal and fine movement systems. “Basically, because we can keep pace typing but we can’t keep pace with handwriting, it means we have different ways of encoding the information, which in turn leads to richer memory.”

The fact writing by hand takes us longer isn’t the only aspect contributing to richer memory. It also has to do with the very skills it takes to write something in the first place.

That is why I think that having a physical journal that can travel with you; that you can reference pre-game, at halftime or in the offseason is so valuable. They are your words. They are in your handwriting. And you aren’t going to waste your time with pointers that you don’t need.

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