It’s official! There’s a perfectly wonderful explanation why we doodle during those boring moments in life.
As artists, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’re listening to a rather long lecture spewing from the most monotone speaker. Not only did you begin the lecture with excitement for your learning adventure, you bolded the title of the page in anticipation. However, 30 minutes into the lecture your mind begins to wander to better, more exciting things. In an attempt to stave off thoughts of white sandy beaches or upgraded design software, you grab your pen and begin to draw shapes across the margins. Before the lecture hits the highest moment of ultimate snoozefest, you’ve managed to create quite the masterpiece on your notes page. Better yet, if you were tested on your ability to recall the most important points in the lecture, you would pass the test with flying colors!
So what makes doodling so special and why is it your brain’s way of staying focused in boring situations? Check out this article by Alix Spiegel on NPR for all the answers. You might be surprised at how effective doodling is for an artistic mind!
Do you doodle?