Whether you're studying for school, or in a work meeting trying to process more information: Reach for paper (not your laptop) to get the most gains from your brain.
THE SCIENCE: Studies show that taking notes on paper, aka analog style, increases your brain's ability to both understand AND remember the information later (compared to taking notes on your trusty laptop).
- One study found that students performed worse on tests of conceptual knowledge (vs strict memorizing) when they took notes on laptops instead of on paper.
- Another study shows that writing with pen or paper improves retention of information (vs using a keyboard) because it taps into motor functions of the brain. Motor functions have a built-in magic sauce: Muscle memory. Muscle memory is one of the chillest and yet most powerful super powers that animals have.
This is one of the reasons why we're massive fans of notebooks -- they allow us to leverage this rad science, while also keep things tidy and mobile (vs a stack of sticky notes, which are hard to carry around), in a way that is superbly affordable and accessible to humans (unlike digital pens, we're not quite there yet with those). In our next post, we'll cover a quick tip for keeping your notebook easy to scan and streamlined, a method that doesn't require you to dive into a rabbit hole of journal theory, unless of course you want to :)