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Doodling is a way to maintain your focus

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Did you know that doodling is a way to maintain your focus while listening to something? That it might actually aid in your ability to recall info, learn, and solve creative problems? While it’s typically denigrated as a pointless activity, +Sunni Brown author, CEO of an information design firm, and one of the most creative thinkers in business (according to Fast Company), says that doodling should be defined as: “To make spontaneous marks to help yourself think.”

Studies have shown that people who doodle while listening retain more information than those who don’t. Doodling can also be helpful for creative problem solving and “deep” information processing. According to Brown, there are four ways that learns can intake information to make decisions:

reading & writing

And doodling engages all of them. Watch her Ted Talk here to check it out.

This got me to thinking about Google Doodles (those little drawings/changes to the Google logo you see from time to time). Did you know that the first “Google Doodle” was inspired by Burning Man? Apparently Sergey and Larry put a little man behind the 2nd “o” in the Google logo when they went to Burning Man in 1998 to show that the founders were “out of the office.”

As I started to research this a bit, I found that Google has a website where they’ve archived every Google Doodle ever made: Pretty fun stuff. 🙂 You can even go back and see the first Burning Man Doodle… which reminds me, I need to process some more of my Burning Man Photos and write about my experience there… I’ll try to do it this week.

Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite! | Video on

TED Talks Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we’re caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says…

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

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