Hello, my name is Erika and I am a doodle addicted.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t go through a meeting without a pen and a scrap of paper. I’d like to say those are the needed tools to take detailed and complete notes but the truth is very different and uncomfortable: I just doodle. Don’t get me wrong, I take notes as well when needed, but that’s not always the case as long meeting can cover loads of subjects that are interesting but not immediately relevant to your job. Most people in this situation sit quietly and politely listen. I listen as well and I consider myself to be polite enough, but sitting still and be quiet… that’s harder. Doodling helps. The paper seems to be able absorbs my leftover energy.
I wonder if the benefits only come with doodling or other activities like washing the dishes, cleaning the windows or ironing would work as well. Sooner or later I should definitely organise a social experiment in my flat: a serious meeting where people iron my dresses, clean my floor etc. (1 step forward for science + 1 clean home = win win).
The downside of doodling is that is not fully socially acceptable. The moment I start scrabbling people assume I am bored and I am getting distracted. Some people think it’s rude, the thought behind it being “she’s so bored and she doesn’t even pretend not to be”. It’s difficult to explain that I am in fact not bored. On the contrary, I am listening and silly drawing helps me to keep focused.
Let’s overcome the stigma associated with doodling. I know I am not alone. Serial doodlers who are out there, come out of the doodling closit and let’s fight for our right to draw whatever we like, when we like it and without worring of having poor artistic skills. #guerrilladoodle
The TED talk below gives new dignity to my doodly addiction. Thank you Sunni Brown, I’ll help to spread the word and hopefully in the next few years everybody will be doodling during meetings.