More Fun at Work With Sketchnotes

written by Roger Carr on August 8, 2014 in Avoiding Burnout with 2 comments">2 comments

Incorporating fun into your work can help increase your productivity and make your work time more enjoyable. I searched the Web to find some ways to incorporate fun at work that others suggested.

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What I found was disappointing. Most of the recommendations either required a group to participate or permission from your supervisor or company. For example, scheduling a day where people can dress casually requires both. But this method was one that I ran across most frequently as I did my search.

I want to alert you to ways to incorporate fun at work that doesn’t require groups or permissions. Not that group activities are bad. Those kind of activities can be sought after as well. But we should be able to add fun for ourselves without it being dependent on others.

So what is an activity that most people have to do in some form as a part of their jobs were in element of fun could be incorporated? One activity is notetaking.

I bet you’re wondering, how can a boring activity like notetaking become fun? I found a way. It’s called sketchnotes.

What Are Sketchnotes?

sketchnote for the Introduction of Eat That Frog I

Sketchnotes is a visual notetaking method. It is kind of like a cross between traditional text notes, mind maps and doodling.

By using a combination of page organization, words, fonts, icons, and illustrations, notetaking comes alive both on paper and in your mind. Although there is an element of art in each, you don’t have to be an artist to create effective sketchnotes.

One of my first sketchnotes was drawn as I re-read Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time in preparation for the BWB Book Club. The sketchnote shown is about the Introduction in the book. Do my stick figures look like artistic talent is required? My art has been improving over time and yours will too as you draw your sketchnote masterpieces.

Ways to Use Sketchnotes

There are many ways you can use sketchnotes both at work and away from work. Here are just a few ways to get you started:

  • Meeting Notes
  • Class Notes
  • Brainstorm Ideas
  • Book/Article Reviews
  • Vision and Goals
  • Project Plans
  • To-Do Lists
  • Outline Writing Projects

Benefits of Creating Sketchnotes

Still not convinced you should add sketchnotes to your daily activities to have more fun? They also carry some tremendous benefits for those willing to get started.

  • Better Learning and Memory
  • More Enjoyment
  • Improved Confidence
  • Enhanced Concentration
  • Communicate Complex Ideas and Concepts
  • Great For Sharing
  • Develop New Ideas

Sketchnote Resources to Get Started

Pen and paper are the only materials you have to possess to get started. But some instruction will help you get the most out of the technique. The following resources are ones I use:

Question: Try out sketchnotes for a couple of weeks. How did it work out for you? Do you use other ways to incorporate fun at work? Let me know in the comment section by clicking here

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