When was the last time you put a physical pen to real paper?
Perhaps it was for a shopping list or planning this week’s to-dos, but when did you last write something really meaningful by hand?
If, like most people, your written communication is limited to the odd Christmas or birthday card, you could be missing out.
January 23 is National Handwriting Day, which urges us all to temporarily ditch digital communications and get back to good old-fashioned pen and paper.
The day was introduced in the 1970s by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association and, despite its obvious commercial intentions, we think it’s something worth marking.
With social media, messaging apps and text messages making it all too easy to communicate with those around us instantly, the day’s significance is greater than ever.
We all know the joy of receiving a heartfelt letter from a friend, or the pleasure of taking the time to sit down and write one. The whole process, from picking out a beautiful piece of stationery to the walk to the post box, forces us to slow down and reflect. It gives us a chance to take control of what we are saying and how we are saying it, instead of the instant response we may send as a kneejerk reaction to the pinging of an inbox.
When we do send handwritten communications they tend to be consigned to our personal lives, with email and messaging apps doing the bulk of our work for us in the office, but what if we all took a bit more time during work hours to let our handwriting do the talking too?
Whether flowery and embellished, a frantic scrawl or neat and tidy, your handwriting is a unique insight into an individual – one that’s rarely seen in our modern working world. In fact, the most common reason for ever putting pen to paper for a colleague is to tell them how much you’ll miss them in their leaving card.
While I’m not suggesting that we bin any of the other, obviously helpful, forms of communication in the office, wouldn’t it be nice if now and again we took the time to write a quick note of thanks to let our colleagues know what they mean to us?
Whether it’s a positive Post-it note stuck to a computer screen, or a few lines on a postcard, it needn’t be a lot, but it could mean that leaving card never needs to be written at all.
If you know your organisation could benefit from some more ‘nice’ comms, but you’re finding yourself swamped by urgent business demands, we can help. Contact us to see how we could buy you time to sit down and pen that letter.
If you need some help to streamline your communications contact us today.