I write lists by hand too, it makes me think more about what’s in the lists than when I just enter something into a computerized list. Penelope puts it this way:
You know those things that you keep on your list forever but never get to? You face reality much sooner if you rewrite by hand. The repetition of rewriting something that will never happen starts to get to you. You leave it off.
Writing lists by hand naturally helps me with one key issue, to decide what is important and what is not.
This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.