In the whirlwind of my roles as a family business runner and marketer in the software industry, finding time to think on paper is a constant struggle. My days are packed with tasks and responsibilities, and the allure of digital efficiency often tempts me away from the slower pace of pen and paper.

Yet, every time I carve out a moment to unplug and write, I’m reminded of the transformative power of analog thinking. It’s not easy – far from it. Writing on paper feels slower, less efficient compared to the rapid pace of digital work. But in the long run, I’ve come to realize that the quality of output often outweighs the allure of efficiency and quantity.

Amidst the relentless pursuit of productivity, I’ve learned that sometimes, the most valuable insights come from slowing down. Taking a step back from the digital rush allows me to tap into a deeper level of creativity and clarity. It’s a reminder that in our quest for efficiency, we mustn’t overlook the importance of thoughtful contemplation.

So, while setting aside time for analog thinking may continue to be a challenge, I’ve come to embrace it as an essential part of my process. It’s a deliberate choice to prioritize quality over speed, to seek clarity amidst the chaos of the digital age.

In the end, the act of unplugging and embracing the slow pace of pen and paper is not just about productivity – it’s about nurturing creativity, fostering deeper insights, and ultimately, finding fulfillment in the process of thinking itself.