I believe, all of you write at least a few words every day. These are notes while you discuss some #Work issue, shopping lists, e-mails, Skype or Facebook messages. But that's not what I want to talk about. What I want to say is that the thoughtful process of writing is more then just putting down some words on paper or screen.
Writing for studiesWell, of course, every student has to write at least something during lectures and seminars. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand,” Confucius said. You've probably heard that a million times and know that's true. In some cases writing can be that very “doing” which helps to understand things. For example, you need to work through a complicated topic before the exam. Too many books, notes from classes, articles, and the more you read – the less you understand. Calm down and start making a report on the topic. Compare what different sources say: it is likely that most of them say the same in different words. But when you make a report you should write as brief as possible without meaning loss – thus you cut off all unnecessary words. Besides, you find connections between things and in a few hours you might discover that you come to understanding several interrelated topics.
Even if you understand everything you hear or read, writing can be useful for memorizing and regimentation. And these notes a very good for a quick review.
Writing for understanding yourself
I tried it several times. And it works. The mechanism is simple: you just sit down, open your notebook or laptop – and start writing. Paper will not criticize you or make that “Boooring!” face. You can – or better to say, you should – be honest. Put down everything you have on mind at the moment, each detail that bothers you or makes you happy. The trick is that when you transform a feeling into words it becomes more clear. And then you have two options depending on the result of your writing: you either understand your problem and start solving it or just give the outlet for emotions to be able to think clearly again.
It can also be useful to write down your impressions from books and movies. You take a closer look at them, read or watch with more attention, better catch the knowledge and experience shown there - and follow your inner transformations.
Writing for everyday excellence
We live in a busy world and have to deal with billion tasks and projects daily. Though, there is a doubt about the efficiency of multitasking, we often do not have a choice. And again – writing can help. Put down new ideas about a project and try to describe them in a few sentences. That is a good tool for shaping chaotic ideas and getting some room for other thoughts because you don't have to worry about keeping every detail in mind. And often describing a project on paper reveals some gaps and problems that need to be solved before presenting it. Perfect both for work and personal life – planning a trip, organizing a party, preparing presents, etc.
Being good at something doesn't mean knowing everything. We should improve our skills and knowledge daily not to fall behind. Ask questions and look for answers. Start a blog about your professional interests or a hobby – knowing that other people will read a post helps you be more accurate, clear and intriguing.