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Here’s Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

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Here’s Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity
The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common “time waster” is really a creative launch-pad.

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Doodling And Creativity

Doodling And Creativity

A number of studies and extensive research point out that doodling, that is scribbling or drawing in a seemingly distracted manner, is actually great for information retention in the mind and fostering of creativity.

Doodling sets the mind up for greater, more expansive creativity and gets the neurons to fire. It frees up memory and increases the attention span.

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Doodling: A Visual Aid For Engagement

When the mind is only working in a linguistic mode, doodling provides a visual medium to support mind processing, providing it with neurological access.

The natural doodles that we can indulge to enhance our visual language:

  1. Atomization: drawing the word and its elements.
  2. Game-storming: Fusing two random drawings together.
  3. Process map: Make a flowchart or visual diagram to illustrate a process or sequence.

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The Art Of Doodling

While we listen to people talk, taking notes interferes with our understanding, but if abstract visual doodles are created, the words turn into images and the brain gets visual support for the audio information.

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Doodling: When, Where and How

  • Any lesson or presentation (just like those school classes when doodling was a sin!) is a great time to doodle.
  • Any place is a great place to doodle, be it a whiteboard, a notepad, or even on our hands.
  • Our drawing ability, handwriting, or the quality of our ‘art’ is not a consideration, as doodling will help the mind work better in any case.

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Visual note-taking

Visual note-taking

Using simple words and pictures helps us to see connections between pieces of information, get a better idea of what we understand and what we don’t, and remember it for later.

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Helpful tips for trying visual note-taking

  • Turn your paper 90 degrees so it’s longer than it is tall. 
  • Pair images with your own words.
  • Arrange them on the page in a way that makes sense to you
  • The images don’t have to be complicated or artsy. They don’t have to make sense to anybody else. They just have to be meaningful to you.

Creativity

The creative process is the act of making new connections between old ideas or recognizing relationships between concepts.

While being creative isn't easy, nearly all great ideas follow a sim...

The 5 Step Creative Process

  1. Gather new material directly related to your task as well as learning general material by becoming fascinated with a wide range of concepts.
  2. Thoroughly work over the materials in your mind.  Examine what you have learned by looking at the facts from different angles and experimenting with fitting various ideas together.
  3. Step away from the problem. Next, you put the problem completely out of your mind and go do something else that excites you and energizes you.
  4. Let your idea return to you. After you have stopped thinking about it, your idea will come back to you with a flash of insight and renewed energy.
  5. Shape and develop your idea based on feedback. For any idea to succeed, you must release it out into the world, submit it to criticism, and adapt it as needed.

Creativity is learned

Some people are primed to be more creative than others.

However, nearly every person is born with some level of creative skill and the majority of our creative thinking abilities are trainable.

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The Science of Memory

  1. Encoding - the stage when the brain consciously acknowledges information based on our senses. When we attach meaning or factual knowledge to any of this sensory input, that'...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Improve Memory

  • Get a good night's sleep or take a power nap after learning something new, to help retain and retrieve memories better. Sleep deprivation and acquisition of too much information will not help you save those memories.
  • Get moving, to improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood in your brain and to trigger neuron growth and new connections in the brain - critical for memory.
  • Improve your diet. Fats from food can build up the brain, resulting to poor blood flow.

Mnemonics

Any system or device designed to aid memory:

  • patterns of letters or words (common mnemonics)
  • ideas (memory palace)
  • associations (chunking)