Conquer Patience Thanks To Writing By Hand

Yeah, takes time, but that could be exactly what you need

Mathias Barra
3 min readJul 21, 2019


I’ve already discussed the importance of writing by hand when it comes to learning languages. Indeed, the time it takes gives time to the brain to form memories which will last longer.

However, that isn’t the only advantage there is to it. Another often overlooked one is developing patience.

No matter how fast you can write, it’s pretty much always going to be slower than typing on a computer or phone.

Do we have the time to spend on such a task then?

No, we don’t.

But that’s exactly the point.

We’re always in a rush to do things and writing something is no exception. We want to get to the next thing quickly after all.

Our agendas are cramped with tasks, both useful and somehow pointless ones.

“I have to check Instagram after this.”

“I need to watch that next episode today.”

“I know it’s late but I have to reply to that person today.”

What’s the common factor of all those? The need.

But is that “need” actually true? Many actions we do on a daily basis can be retrograded to a few times a week, weekly tasks or even just monthly ones.

Fixing the time to write for yourself will force you to figure out what you are doing too much of and what could be retrograded.

Dig within

That first task of looking for time to write will provide you with an overview of your time.

Overviews are useful but usually not enough to actually dig deep in what actually matters.

Writing by hand gives you that opportunity. As you write a sentence, you can already start having ideas for the following one. And the following one, and so on.

But still, the longer the sentences you write, the more time you have, don’t you?

What can you do with this time? You can look reconsider your thoughts.



Mathias Barra

French polyglot speaking 6 languages. Writer. Helping you learn languages. Get my new ebook →