Doodlers of the world raise your hand! Non-doodlers...hear us out!
I have been a doodler for as long as I can remember. I've doodled at home, doodled during classes, boring lectures, presentations, on holiday...
There has been doodles on my worksheets, notebooks, day planner, in a sketch book, on scraps of paper, in scrapbooks.
Doodles that were silly, some good, some in colours, some in black and white. With special pens, or a good old ball points.
The doodles that mean something, and those that don't.
Doodles doodles everywhere.
Doodles always had one purpose though, a purpose that many of my teachers over the year never really fully took seriously: It helps my mind connect the dots and retain more info from those lectures that seemed to have no end.
My teachers back in the days didn't understand it, they dismissed it as a distraction and a sign of disregard for their lecture.
They were wrong, oh so VERY wrong! Science and many serious researches are on our side, the side of us doodlers that is! Don't believe me? Read this article!
Doodling increase focus, and helps the brain make new connections and retain more informations.
Doodle power I tell you!
For me, doodling not only provides the visual support my highly visual memory needs to simply keep focus in a lecture that is all speech and not much else. It also helps me make brand new connections and come up with new associations to help me retain even more content.
My teachers never understood what the link between historical dates and tribal tattoo design was. Or what swirls and curls had in common with Voltaire or why Rousseau deserved nothing more than a few angry lines and grids (the guy was a pompous jerk, he doesn't deserve fancy doodles).
I doodled my way through every topics that didn't provide any visual aid, and saved myself countless horrible marks doing so.
A glance at my twirls and curls and pretty flowers scribbled in the margin of a xeroxed worksheet was all I needed to access those powerful connections and cut my exam study time in half.
But, oh yes! Those doodles got me in a small amount of trouble. There has been warnings, punishment homework, and even notes sent to my parents. Followed almost inevitably by the teachers bafflement when my parents brushed it off and my marks kept going strong.
They were dead certain I was not paying attention. Nobody serous about studies doodle a "Taz vs Vader" comic strip in her school diary.
But "Mrs P - Vader" (my history teacher if you must know) throwing replicas of Columbus' ships at Taz to stop him from going "Bugna prrrrrt" had a great amount of logic.
I kid you not, I still remember those 4 ships: Santa Maria, La Nina, La Pinta and Santa Clara...they hurt Taz.
But only until Taz made a secret alliance with "Mr R-Vader" (math teacher) and unleashed the "perfect circle" and a bunch of equation at Mrs P precious ships.
This helped me ace Trigonometry making the parallel between Trig and geographical navigation.
Stupid doodles? I don't think so, not when my school diaries contained more usable content than my class specific notebooks and brought all topics together and connected them.
Then there are the times when my doodles end up looking like "mind maps", a technique that put on paper what goes through your mind in an organic way that mimic how brain cells connect.
I use it when I am confused, or have too much going on my mind. The mind map above is one I made recently to flush my mind before bedtime as I knew sleep would not come until I had it all out in front of me.
The bonus? It looks funky and quirky enough to display as art, share on Instagram or....solve that dilemma about blog post ideas I put on said mind map (go read it and find it out).
Because yes, that mind map doodle prompted me to write this post about doodles...HA!