Scientists are now providing proof about how distractions can cause forgetfulness, inattentiveness and reduced capacity in the workplace. What are the causes of distraction that are being studied? Usually they’re interruptions from other people, either in person or electronically. That makes sense; people can be very distracting.
There is another source of distraction, however, that few people know about. It is the distraction caused by confusion about the symbols we use for communicating every day. You know: letters, words, and numerals.
If you have messy handwriting or struggle with spelling, then you have confusion about the alphabet —just trust me on this for now— and that confusion is distracting you every time you read or write something.
Even if you are typing digitally, your brain is working overtime to resolve your alphabet confusion because you are still looking at letters and words. Considering how much brain power you use every day trying to resolve the confusion, it’s amazing that you accomplish what you do!
It may surprise you to learn that confusion about letters occurs because you are very smart and creative. The classic messy writers — doctors — are no mental slouches, right? Neither are you. Creativity adds to the mix by stimulating so many potential versions of what each letter can look like in your mind that you can’t settle on one as a good reference of that letter. Not because you lack the ability to choose the best one, but because no one ever taught you how to connect your brain and your hands to master a consistent standard image for each letter.
Don’t blame your teachers for this omission; they were never taught about this critical foundational skill either. They believed that unless everyone spent hours and hours in tedious penmanship classes, some people were just going to have messy handwriting. At some point it was decided that penmanship was not important enough for such a time commitment, so it was dropped in schools.
Fortunately, there is a solution for messy handwriting that does not use boring, repetitive exercises. In fact, our two-day messy handwriting workshops are hands-on, fun, and produce guaranteed results.
Your brain will love you for it, and you will enjoy writing your own name tags more than you ever have before!