I noticed that my handwriting was getting worse and worse. At first, I thought it had to do with getting older. I noticed my mother’s handwriting got shaky looking when she reached 70.
I mentioned this to a friend who owns a digital company and he laughed. “When was the last time you held a pen and a piece of paper?” he asked. I thought about it. I do all of my note taking on electronic devices. Occasionally, I have to sign a document with a pen, or hand write a list. Other than that, everything is digital.
It’s no surprise that my penmanship looks wiggly. I lost my touch. That’s too bad. I’ve been told many times that when you hand write something you exude more emotion and detail. The feel of pen, or pencil to paper, allows you to be more creative. I can’t prove any of this, but it does make sense to me.
I work very hard to be totally digital. I really try not to use paper. In my profession, it’s totality uncool to be seen with a pile of papers. That’s why I loved a recent story in the Wall Street Journal that discussed what devices and apps you can use for note-taking and writing that mimic the pen and paper process. There are alternatives.