Writing is for Thinking

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On Say “Alaka‘i” today: Writing is for Thinking

At first take, we think of writing as a way we can communicate. Writing is much more than that: Writing is for thinking. Communicating is just one possible result.

For instance, I am convinced that one of the reasons blogging has taken off the way it has, is because writing for an audience helps the writer think more clearly in the process of their communication result.   They need the clarity if they are to be understood in the way they intend to be understood, especially in such a public publishing platform.

I’m big on journaling exercises in my coaching for much the same reason. I’m one of those people who have always written to think better, doing so long before there were blogs, however I have also found that encouraging the transcribing of the written word helps other people too. It’s simple, it’s quick, it’s portable, and best of all, it works.

Straight-forward management strategy doesn’t get much better than that.

Thus as far as Alaka‘i management and leadership in business, writing is a skill that the successful will learn to master. You learn to master it yourself, and you coach those you manage and lead to master it as well.
Better communication results as a fringe benefit, but the real treasure to be uncovered is the clarity of your connected thinking.

Writing and journaling is a process kind of thing. Writing is the mental gymnastics that you can then apply to the best possible health of your productivity.

Once I write something out I transfer my decisions to my calendar (my calendar is an “obey me” commander I do not ignore or negotiate with) or I just act on it right then and there. One of those two things done, the writing that led up to it will often get thrown away ”“ even if it’s been pages and pages of stuff. I don’t need or want the clutter; I need and want the clarity.

So managers, leaders, pick up that pen or pencil and start to write.
Sit at your keyboard with an open Word doc if you prefer, however make it your habit so you can continually work on mastering the skill ofgreat writing. Don’t worry about any publishing of it for now, though it could result for you later in a staff newsletter, in better emailsto your customers, or in a clear partnership agreement with your suppliers. For now, the writing that you do for your eyes only will probably be what’s most valuable to you. You will think, you will reason, you will come to greater clarity in better decisions, all skills Alaka‘i managers and leaders must master.

Let’s talk story.

Are you someone who will also write to think? Tell us more! Comment here, or via the tweet-conversation we have on Twitter @sayalakai.

~ Originally published on Say “Alaka‘i” ~
Writing is for Thinking

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Rosa – I have found, over the last few years, that writing long-hand, with pen and paper, is much more effective for me than typing, whether its an article, blog post, or a comment like this. It truly does help me think and organize my thoughts in a way that sounds true to me. Thank you for sharing.

  2. says

    Really Ken, even to draft a comment? I need to try that!
    I too sense a difference between when I hand-write and when I ‘keyboard it,’ however it is subtle, and something I am often experimenting with. There is a definite tactile pleasure with hand-writing, and I especially like the doodle and drawing freedoms of a notebook — especially when I’m sitting in a coffeehouse somewhere! No laptops there unless I happen to be traveling.
    However I do appreciate my keyboard at other times, especially when there is a lot of cut and paste which will save time for me, and when I am truly on fire with a certain idea and want to get everything out of my head quickly, for I am a much, much faster typist.
    Alas, I’m also a very noisy typist. My poor laptop keys get their letters worn off very, very quickly.

  3. says

    It’s a brand new month! Aloha ‘Apelila

    Mahalo to everyone who has contributed to A Love Affair with Books thus far, both in contributing book reviews, and in the learning-rich conversation which has flowed here. As usual, you have been exceptionally generous in support of our Ho‘ohana…

  4. says

    Rosa,
    my process of thinking-writing-thinking is:
    1.I’ve got a very general idea in my head. I know, it might be important / interesting.
    2. I sit down – with pen and paper – and write down what I’ve got in my head.
    3. I take those jots and go to my laptop. And then I write down the blog post. Funny way of doing it, isn’t it?

  5. says

    Ulla, I think many who write will read your comment and say to themselves, “Oh wow, I do that too!”
    Had a conversation with my friend Aaron about this yesterday, how it seems I can get some of my best blog ideas when I am relaxing offline and somewhat forced to reach for paper and pencil because my laptop is off and I must handwrite before the though escapes me completely. In those times, I outline as you say you do “those jots” whereas if I was at my laptop I would expound on one thought, and not capture all of them. Definitely pros to being sensible about my offline time!