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Doodle Journal

Stress Relief & Memory Recall

What a surprise, it appears doodling offers health benefits, primarily stress release. It is said that our brains work better with the structure of coherent stories, but sometimes there are gaps in these stories. Doodling helps fill these gaps by activating your brain’s “unfocus” synapses, giving your “focus” synapses a break, resulting in increased creativity and problem-solving. Doodling has also been shown to increase memory recall by as much as 29%. Feel free to doodle away during that next “important” conference call, plus it makes you look like you are taking copious notes.

Doodling along the way

Why am I back on the topic of doodling? Welp, my current journal is nearing the end. Once that is reached, the journal will be unceremonially tossed into the recycling bin. With it will go a bunch of doodles. In an effort to avoid thinking too hard (it is December), I’ve decided to share some doodles before they become lost to memory. and the recycle man.

Bright Shiny Objects
Breakfast on the run
There is a theme here
Listening to Sgt Pepper’s
To success
Nothing is free
Need vs Want is always the root of the problem
The famous error ID-10T error
I got the Shingles shot this day
Itsy-Bitsy spider, ok it looks like an ant
Troubled waters?

Don’t worry, I’m not giving up my day job. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my insanity. I am considering starting a journal just for the doodles. I guess we will see what inspiration finds me in the new year.

Don’t forget, if you are feeling “stuck,” can’t concentrate, or your mind is wandering … it’s time to doodle.



I'm a loser as my wife likes to tell me, I enjoy researching dead cousins and playing with fountain pens.

15 thoughts on “Doodle Journal

      1. Fabulous book, so appreciate that. I’ve been trying so many books lately and they just weren’t special like this series. It’s nice to be transported someone where else. OK, I’ll be looking in your posts for another book recommendation linked to one of your pens. LOL


  1. When I trained as a nurse I attended many stressful hangovers at start of shift. When qualified I gave those hand overs. There were a couple of nurses I noticed who, whilst listening, doodled, wrote, doodled, wrote. Since a child it has been the same for myself in school and then lectures. I did research health benefits by doodling a while back. You have really highlighted the psychological benefits and improvements on the brain. And your picture association with what is being said is insightful too. Cheers for bringing this one to the ‘writing experiences’ table. All the best.

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      1. It really is difficult at times with lecturers. Some have a fascination with their own presentations and feel they are only listened to with all eyes on them. They tell you at the start to not worry re: notes as there will be handouts at the end. Fair enough. But just give us the handouts if that is your whole presentation. Of course it isn’t. Their nuances and lateral thinking alongside the ‘overhead projections’ are what you take on board too. Well said Danny. Cheers.

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  2. Love this. Not just the doodles, but the concept behind it. I tend to overthink even the notebook I want to doodle in. It has to be blank, no wire binding, non-porous, yadda yadda. Whereas I could benefit not overthinking things every once in a while. Thanks for this post!

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