Living in the digital era, we often find we use our smartphones a lot, and while there are hundreds of tools out there to help you organise your life and stay motivated, nothing beats pen and paper.
Sometimes, having all of your tasks on a small screen, or worse - in your head, can actually become overwhelming. But getting these things out physically with pen and paper can do wonders by helping to boost your productivity.
How stationery helps productivity
Making a to-do list is a great way to be productive and get ahead of yourself. They are great to write daily and keep you on track with tasks. Some people find it easier to use notebooks with lined paper to give structure, but others prefer plain paper (which helps with doodling!).
Did you know that doodling can lower stress and improve productivity? Everybody has a creative side, whether you know it or not. Whether it’s a doodle in your notebook between emails, or using colours to highlight important information in a document. It all helps with your productivity.
In fact, it helps so much that companies such as Google and Facebook are now encouraging their employees to doodle more and be more visual to boost productivity. And, of course, doodling with coloured pens will make you feel even more productive.
Some people prefer having different notebooks for different things, but if you’re one of the people that likes to have all of your information, plans and notes in one place, then bullet journaling is for you.
Bullet Journaling can go quite in-depth, with bullets, symbols and headings, but the beauty of it is that you can tailor it to your needs. And it also means you have everything in one place, to quickly look at and find what you need, saving time and being more productive! With bullet journaling, you can include basically anything in your notebook, like stickers for instance, which act as a visual aid and will help you to be more creative!
The whole point of brainstorming is to put down every idea and thought, to get ideas out of your head so they can be organised and analysed. According to Secret Insiders, Richard Branson is known to carry his notebook of ideas around with him - just in case he gets an idea and needs to jot it down!
A4 & A3 Planners
Nowadays, most of us use our calendar on our smartphones in order to plan out our week or month, but sometimes having to go day by day to see what your plans are can be a tad stressful - and can even mean that you miss important dates or plans. However, having a visual, physical planner can help you to see month to month what you have to do at a glance, helping you to plan for the near future and being organised.
Colour, Colour, Colour
Certain colours are known to generate different moods and emotions. For example, yellow is synonymous with being happy and red can be stressed or angry, but colour can also help our productivity. Colour coordinating files, folders and papers help your brain to remember which colour is synonyms with which task, helping you to save time and effort, increasing your productivity.
Add a Little Humour
Mundane tasks can be boring, but adding a little humour to the process can make things easier. And what better way to do this than by using funny quote pencils that you will see every time you write and pick them up. Just knowing that your pencil is sassier than the boring to-do list you’re writing is enough to make anybody 10 times more productive.
So, despite the digital revolution helping us to become more organised and ‘in-the-know’ than ever before, nothing beats stationery when it comes to productivity. Plus, writing things down is associated with positive and creative feelings. It’s a win-win situation.