How handwriting for twenty minutes a day has made a difference for me.
WHAT I LEARNED WITH TIME TO WRITE
Over the past month I have been participating in a handwriting challenge as part of Officeworks’ initiative Time To Write, which encourages Australians to put pen to paper for about 15 to 20 minutes a day to reap the personal benefits it can bring.
Officeworks partnered with Deakin University to commission research to uncover the role handwriting plays in today’s society. The study showcased many benefits to taking some time out and picking up a pad and pen. People who handwrite notes, thoughts, ideas and feeling or memories over other methods were 2.5 times more likely to feel relief from anxiety, fear and worry.
Nationwide people have been sharing their handwritten notes and letters via #timetowrite on social media.
HANDWRITING- HOW DID I FIND IT?
Now, I have always been a regular list maker and note taker by hand. But, when I committed to writing for twenty minutes each day it seemed uncomfortable at first. From the beginning I noticed that my wrist and fingers felt unconditioned to using pen for an extensive period at a time. My control over the pen was not good.
When I first got involved in #timetowrite I also realised how MESSY my handwriting had become. Really messy!
I also found it took a lot more concentration to write my thoughts than it does to type them.
WRITER’S BLOCK AND TIME MANAGEMENT
Even in drafting this conclusive post on how I found the initiative I had a little writer’s block, so I decided to write my thoughts down into my notebook, by hand with a pen. That worked! I had just had “typers” block!
I have also began compartmentalising my time in my note pages. When allocating the ‘to do’ list for the day I’ve listed a time estimate per task and as a result I have noticed I get through tasks quicker.
The initiative has taken my attention away from the digital world and helped me channel my time better. Rather than float around online, handwriting my tasks has made me more focused when I am at my computer. I have also found myself less tired and made the most of the good weather in writing at the beach, the park or at local cafes.
CALMNESS, UNDERSTANDING AND SELF-LOVE
The main thing I rediscovered in writing down my thoughts is that it gave me a chance to articulate them. Instead of repeating in my head or repeating them out loud, once they were on paper, those thoughts were done. I could process them better, considering the feelings associated. It has made me calmer and more able to look at a situation objectively.
In taking the time to write my thoughts, I have been able to develop more self-love and understanding. From there I figure I can share this love with other people. Speaking of which, I will now take the time to write some letters to send to my loved ones. I’m curious to see how or if people respond.
To find out more information about Time To Write and how you can get involved head to www.timetowrite.com.au
OVER TO YOU
Now that you have read some of my experiences participating in the Time To Write initiative, please tell me how you found it?
Did you enjoy participating in the weekly challenges?
Have you uncovered something about your own thoughts or creativity?
Did you find yourself inspired to write or create something new?
Or perhaps you have reconnected with an art that you have lost?