Listening With A Pen And Paper – A Memory Anchor

I listen with a pen and paper. That is how I make sense of concepts. That is how I remember. Being a visual person, I need to visualise my interpretation and understanding of something. And a bonus is that it is all fits on one page!

I write by hand daily.  I have a visual diary which I keep with me all the time, preferably with thick blank sheets and a furry texture.

Even for business.

Where others will write bullet points and sequential notes, I will attempt to mindmap it and visualise it in a much more exciting way. I will use colour. I have a good old-fashoned pencil case with  pens, markers and highlighters of all different colours. I recently bought pastel chalks for my flipcharts.

Gone are the days of frantically paging through a notebook looking for notes. Now it’s easy to find. I just look for the illustration or colour or bubbles or callouts or arrows, because in writing visually, my mind takes a snapshot of it which anchors it in my memory.  All that matters is that it makes sense to me.

Any drawings don’t have to  grace the walls of any art gallery. Just my memory.

My notebook ©2015 Regina Martins
My notebook
©2015 Regina Martins
Some of my notes, not as visual as usual... ©2015 Regina Martins
Some of my notes, not as visual as usual…
©2015 Regina Martins
Listening with pen and paper ©2015 Regina Martins
Listening with pen and paper
©2015 Regina Martins
My pencil case ©2015 Regina Martins
My pencil case
©2015 Regina Martins
Look at all those colours ©2015 Regina Martins
Look at all those colours
©2015 Regina Martins

When was the last time you wrote something by hand? What was it?

In response to WordPress’s daily prompt – Handwritten.

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