Doodling — a waste of time?
Doodling — best defined as the sudden and unplanned act of drawing, usually placed in the margins of any notebook, scrapbook or piece of paper is not only a blank activity but also associated, by various scientists, with better learning, performance and creativity.
Doodles do not require you to be trained in drawing in any way, it can be literally anything. This clearly makes those scribbles original and accessible for everybody brain training. So let’s go now through some top doodling’s benefits.
It helps you to focus
Let’s put it like this — while listening to a boring lecture or going through way too long TED talk, we are not getting any worse in memorizing the essence of it when deciding on spending some quality time doodling.
Moreover — a research published in 2009 proved that participants who doodled while listening to a phone call were able to recall over 29 percent more information afterward than those who simply took notes.
And following publication in the Huffington Post, study author Jackie Andrade, a psychology professor at Plymouth University have hypothesized that doodling and listening are uniquely suited to each other. Doodling engages the brain’s “executive resources” — processes that help us plan, multi-task and concentrate.
Engaging our executive resources with doodles while we’re listening to a lecture or phone call makes sure that those resources don’t wander off on their own to think about the grocery list or our plans for the weekend.
Fancy a creativity boost?
Artists — creators who very often get blocked by environmental issues just love to doodle, it might not be certain whether they should be followed in their lifestyles but this simple tip will most certainly help to boost up your own creativity.
Just pick up a pen, prepare a piece of paper and…doodle. Many famous artists including Dali have stated through years that while doodling they experienced unlocking a new avenue for their own expression.
Brings you more ideas
The fact that doodling helps you be more brilliant was checked again by mentioned before Jackie Andrade who suggests that because doodling distracts people from consciously thinking about a problem, it allows a “subconscious incubation of the solution.”
She states that doodling is an enjoyable activity, and that positive emotion makes us more creative by opening us up to more exploratory avenues of thought. If you spend half an hour doing something creative, when someone gives you a problem you will think about it in fresh ways.
Helps you be more present in the moment
Jesse Prinz, a philosophy professor at City University of New York Graduate Center gave many interviews on the doodling subject since this is his field of studies — to be more concrete he is studying doodling in the context of research on art. He says that drawing on the piece of paper absent-mindedly is optimally suited for learning and that doodling keeps people in a state of
Pure listening and helps you stay in a state where your mind can’t wander and might easily reflect and think more deeply on what we are hearing.