Historically speaking, doodling hasn’t exactly meant a whole lot to the general population. It’s only in very recent years that we have started paying attention to doodles, and especially why we doodle and what they mean. Of course, with anything related to why we do anything, there is room for interpretation. That doesn’t mean, though, that it’s not a valid thing to pursue, or that we won’t get any valuable insight from the interpretations. If you’re so inclined to doodle, or would like to start doodling more, here are 5 reasons why you should doodle:
If you’re having a stressful day at work, or you’re annoyed by the fourth phone call that you’ve had to take today, doodling can be an excellent way to blow off some steam while still getting work done. It is also very visually appealing, and things that make our eyeballs happy tend to put us in a better mood. Depending on the type of doodler you are, it can be downright entertaining to see what you’ve come up with by the end of your work day.
Even if you’re in a boring profits meeting, or you have to listen to your boss drone on and on about new Human Resources policies, you can doodle and generate brain activity. Doodling keeps the creative part of your brain engaged with the logical part of your brain, and help you connect external stimuli to what you’re creating on the page. So next time you’re trying to recall what your boss said at the meeting, but you were doodling, try to think about what you were doodling and see if you can hear what your boss was saying as you visualize yourself re-drawing the doodle. It’s pretty freaky when this works!
As mentioned above, people can actually recall information by looking at or mentally re-drawing their doodles, but many people create doodles to connect what they’re hearing to what they’re writing. If you use boxes, arrows, and other linear objects, odds are your brain is trying to connect dots that you’re hearing or learning. This is a great way for many people to organize their notes and thoughts, and even find solutions to complex problems. This is why so many organizations are encouraging doodles and visualizations of problems and discussions, so that people’s’ brains can make connections.
Just kidding, but not really. You never know, so why not start saving your doodles?
Putting your thoughts (or visual thoughts) down on paper is one of the best ways to remember them later. Many people struggle to recall information when they don’t see it or write it themselves, and doodling is a great way to make information “yours.” It’s also a great way to spice up boring reports, entertain others who see your paper, and put your mark on the world.