At Piglet, we are all about slow, meaningful living which is great to say but a whole lot harder to do. One of the ways we found we can do this is by returning back to good old pen and paper, revisiting the age-old tradition of handwritten notes, letters and journals. The digitisation of life has changed the world and sped up the pace incredibly. The convenience of emails, texts, notes and calendar apps, all accessible at the touch of a screen is undeniable and offers instant gratification. But through this, the art of the pen has been all but lost.
Jotting down a thought, writing a note to a friend or saving the date with pen and paper rather than an app all lovely ways to get back to analogue. Here are a few other ways to practice your best handwriting.
A more grown-up version of your teenage diary, journaling is writing for prosperity, jotting down thoughts, ideas, events and everything in between. This is keeping a written record of your life, which, unlike your IG, you can pass on if you wish to. The best thing is, you can go as big or as small as you wish, including sketches, photos, momentoes or keeping it super clean and simple by opting for a bullet journal.
Whereas journaling is a bit of an art, morning pages are more of a free-flowing braindump that helps stimulate creativity. The method was brought to the forefront by writer Julia Cameron in her book ‘The Artist’s Way’ and is gaining in popularity with people that write for a living as well as those looking for a way to vent negativity, process their thoughts and feelings and clear out the cobwebs.
All you have to do is write 3 pages, freehand, every morning. That’s it. They don’t need to be lyrical, or interesting or even make sense. The point here is to simply write. I mentioned these in a previous journal piece, and having written morning pages for a few months, I am a total convert. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely days when I can’t be bothered at all or when my pages contain not much more than: ‘I’m so sleepy, where is my tea?!’ (which is absolutely fine). Most days though, they leave me feeling mentally energised and with a sturdy sense of optimism. Highly recommended!
Affirmations are simply positive statements that you repeat. They have been shown to help with positive thinking by challenging low self-esteem and sabotaging thoughts. They can of course be said out loud, but research has shown that writing them down can be even more effective. This is because when we write something down, we not only commit it to visual memory, but also to muscle memory. If if it really is the secret to attracting wealth and happiness then it can’t hurt to give it a go.
We all love a good old to-do list. It makes us feel organised, on top of things and more in control. However, there is apparently an art to making a great list.
The key is to make it short yet specific. The brevity allows for completion which is clearly the whole point of the list and lets you prioritise effectively. By being precise and writing down an action rather than a non-specific term, you’re setting yourself up for a greater chance of following through with the task. For instance, instead of ‘research gyms to join’ try ‘call Sally and ask for her gym recommendations’. This breaks down the goal into smaller achievable actions. And after you're done you get the ultimate satisfaction- drawing a big fat line through it. Bliss.