“Note taking is one of my favourite pastimes. I can’t tell you where I’d be if I hadn’t had a pen on hand to write down my ideas (or more importantly, other people’s) as soon as they came to me. Some of Virgin’s most successful companies have been born from random moments – if we hadn’t opened our notebooks, they would never have happened.”
~ Richard Branson, CEO and Founder, Virgin Group
Notebooks can prove advantageous to a business. No, we do not mean the digital Notebooks, but the ones with paper. Remember those? Yeah.
Despite the numerous amount of apps and devices that we have to store information, notebooks have stood the test of time. If you’re thinking about abandoning the pen and paper and moving to an electronic version, think again. Here are four advantages of notebooks:
1 – Increases Creativity
A brilliant idea that remains unwritten will be forgotten. Although it may seem counterintuitive, notebooks actually facilitate creativity. Writing in a notebook indicates a more relaxed atmosphere. You can design and sketch at your whim, which would be difficult to do on your computer. When you’re stuck for ideas, notebooks can help to get those creative juices flowing. You can map out your mind on a piece of paper, something difficult to do in MS Paint and Photoshop.
Since writing takes longer than typing, you are forced to think rather than blindly typing. Notebooks allow you to process information rather than just copying words down. In a way, writing on notebooks helps you learn more about the subject. You actually analyze the details more as opposed to acting like a robot. Just because you’re not in school anymore doesn’t mean that you should stop learning new things.
2 – Improves Productivity
While taking notes, you follow a certain train of thought. Compare this to a computer. Many of us have five to ten tabs open simultaneously, and constantly alternating from one to the other breaks your concentration. Your fingers itch to check your Facebook page or Twitter feed. After you read an article, you click a link and go on to the next one. All the while, you have lost track of time and have nothing to report. Thus, typing makes our thoughts choppy.
A notebook keeps you focused. When writing something down, you follow a stream of consciousness and ideas come to you naturally. Of course, there are real-world distractions as well, but going online just adds another layer. To combat this, you can surf for articles, jotting down key points along the way. This way, you don’t have to constantly check back for the information, which leads to more wasted time.
3 – Better Reliability
Computers are way more susceptible to data loss than notebooks are. You don’t need to stress out about a document or file getting deleted, either because of a virus or by accident. How many times has your computer shut down or stopped working while you were typing something on MS Word? You restart your computer and open the document again only to find that you forgot to save and have to do everything all over.
Also, you don’t have to worry about your notebook getting damaged if it falls from your hand or off your desk. We assume that you are not writing on the edge of a lake or pond! Notebooks don’t have to boot up, nor do they face problems with hardware and software. No electricity or batteries mean no anxiousness about power cuts or hacking. Notebooks also offer more privacy. Your information will always remain safe and secure as long as you have your notebook.
4 – Encourages Individuality
Writing on a piece of paper while feeling the smooth glide of your pen feels natural. You’ve done it since you were a child and it has become second nature to you, as opposed to digital software which is always evolving with more updates that you have to get accustomed to.
You also have a lot more freedom and you can be yourself. You aren’t writing for others and there is no one to judge, criticise, or rate your notes. As long as the final piece is good, it doesn’t matter. Notebooks are informal and no other party cares what you write in them, meaning you don’t have to follow the rules as much. Any changes can be edited out in the final copy, anyway.
Note or Net?
We’re not saying that notebooks outdo computers in every facet because they’re not designed to. Typing is obviously more legible, professional, and quicker than writing. Not every idea of yours will be worth millions, either. The important thing is to not let that moment slip.
What we’re saying is that notebooks have certain advantages as well. In fact, you don’t even need to pit one against the other. You can use the combined power of both. Notebooks work well for brainstorming, sketching out ideas, jotting down main points while browsing, and even for rough drafts of works. Use a notebook as a compliment. You should type up the final report, of course, but you now have notes to guide you.
For those of you that feel that writing notes by hand are beneath you, please change your mind. Even high profile billionaires such as Richard Branson and Bill Gates are devoted to taking notes.
To get the best experience with a notebook, you need the right pen. For that, read our article about selecting the perfect writing pen.
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