Why Pen and Paper Will Always Have a Place

Living in the digital age opens up amazing possibilities. Technology is moving at a breathless pace and it can be both scary and exhilarating on any given day. (but there will always be a use for paper and pens!)

Anyone born in the final decade of the 20th Century will be a ‘Digital Native’, they’ll have lived their life having infinite information at their fingertips.

We all carry a small computer in our pockets these days.

There’s more power in your average smartphone than it took to send people the moon!


A Child of the 80’s

I’ll admit, as a child of the 80’s, I still find the speed at which technology is evolving baffling.


My dad (born in the 1950’s) calls me an analogue person in a digital world!

In my last couple of years of school we got a ‘computer room’ and in it were a few BBC Micro Computers.

It looked suspiciously like this, in fact… (The National Museum of Computing)

(Image Credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33291036

Yet despite this growing reliance on technology to improve our lives, there is still a place for pens and paper.


And they said computers would replace paper…

Pen and paper have their placeI’m biased, I am a stationery fiend. The biggest outgoings in my business expenses are notebooks, pens (and coffee). It’s not unusual to find me hunkered down in one of Bristol, UK’s (my home city) many coffee shops, sipping a cappuccino while scribbling intently in a colourful notebook, with some colourful pens!


But in all seriousness, there is an expansive body of evidence to support the fact that physically writing, sketching and scribbling down information on paper not only stimulates creativity, but also helps us to retain information.


Proven by science, and everything – see:





Why I Still Love Paper

Here are my top 5 reasons for preferring physically writing on paper:

  1. If it’s on your phone, it’ll get forgotten about. If it’s in front of you, it’s harder to ignore
  2. Things seem overwhelming when they’re splashing around in our heads, but when you jot them down on paper, and look at them, they are often less daunting
  3. Colour coding is a great way to prioritise information at a glance
  4. Most of us are ‘visual learners’ – When it’s in front of your eyes, it’s easier to see patterns that would not be immediately obvious otherwise
  5. Clear your mind. Once it’s written down on paper you can afford to stop thinking about it and save your energy for other things.

It may seem slower to write something down instead of recording it into your phone, but that’s the point!

Not everything in life needs to be rushed, and creativity is definitely one of those things!

So, next time your fingers are sore or your arm starts to ache from writing, just think of the workout your brain just had!



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