I love to doodle. And I doodle a lot when I listen to lectures or sermons. Over the years, this has been something I’ve actually been pressed to feel guilty about. I’ve been told that I don’t pay attention the way that I should, blah, blah, blah.
But, here’s the thing; I know that it looks disrespectful to speakers if I’m in the audience not looking at them and doodling. I know it looks like I’m not paying attention. But looks can be deceiving. In fact, I have always (at least as long as I can remember) felt that, if I can doodle, especially while I’m trying intake extended pieces of information like a lecture or a sermon, I am actually able to pay better attention.
I retain more when I am able to stop pretending that I learn the “ideal” of trying to maintain eye-contact with the speaker and pretend that I’m a mannequin.
I recently found validation for my sentiments in a TED talk by Sunni Brown. And yes, those are some of my doodles.