Think before you talk; write to help you think.
I find it helpful, even important, to write to clarify my thoughts. In my corporate life I used to laughingly tell people “I think in slides”. An idea or concept would come to mind and I would develop and capture a key point or concept for use in a later meeting.
Writing can be in the form of a journal, document, slide, letter or e-mail. The act of adding a simple sentence or two to a greeting card is another example. The form depends on the intent. Your note format would be different for simple communication, introspection, personal goal setting, making a difficult decision, planning an agenda for a complex meeting or seeking to build a group consensus on an idea or recommendation.
Writing (choosing words) forces clarity of thought and enables good communication. It can be words, pictures, models or diagrams. Being a “paperless” person, I do all my writing on a computer. This makes it easy to print/share, copy/paste and make easy updates. The process of writing also helps me remember.
I think it’s important to write simply (6th grade language) and with brevity (one page). Personally, I like bullet points rather than paragraphs and models that complement my words. I write these blogs with a goal or about 250 words since the average adult can read them in one minute.
Give it a try. Find a style that works for you.