Doodle!

I love this word – it is so descriptive. It sounds exactly like what it is – scribble absentmindedly…random, thoughtless drawings on whatever topics happen to be flowing through the artisits’ head.

Often thought to be a negative activity – remember being punished in school for doodling in your textbook, research has recently shown us that people who doodle are often more creative, better at staying focused, and understanding concepts. It seems that doodling helps to keep the brain active.

Sunni Brown tells us in her book The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently – “There is NO SUCH THING as a mindless doodle”.

Einstein, JFK, Edison, Marie Curie, and Henry Ford were all avid doodlers, and look what they came up with! Some of the most creative people in business, from Apple to Ford to Zappos and Disney, all used doodling as a means of encouraging greater creativity and productivity.

Here’s why this is good news for all doodlers.

• Helps you focus.

• Helps to analyze information differently.

• Helps to define a problem.

Doodle on doodlers! This might be the new year resolution you have been looking for.