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The Productivity Sketchbook #8: Atomic Sketchnotes

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  • One of the best ways I've found to begin practicing visual notetaking is by creating single idea Sketchnotes.
  • Instead of trying to fill an entire page with notes, you focus on capturing a single idea on an index card or in a pocket notebook.
  • I use the app GoodNotes on my iPad for Sketchnoting. I created a dotted index card sized template to make single idea Sketchnotes, or Atomic Sketchnotes. I've got a growing collection of them.
  • Here's a closer look at a few of them:
    • Benefits of a Physical Notebook
      • Set up the way I like
      • No internet connection required
      • Fast (no load time); Always on and ready
      • No monthly fee
      • Future proof data format
      • Safe and secure
      • Can use any notebook and pen I want
      • Can build tools the way I want to
    • Don't think outside the box until you've used what's inside it
    • You write Sketchnote to learn what you think
    • How to Talk to Anyone with Ease and Confidence
      • Know the conversation intention
      • Approach with a smile
      • Conversation sparks
        • "Wow! That's interesting!"
      • End by asking about the future and wish them luck
    • Productivity is like pizza
      • Lots of different kinds of pizza
      • Lost of ways to approach productivity
      • Same ingredients, different tastes
  • If you're wanting to start practicing visual notetaking, but are struggling to do so, give Atomic Sketchnotes a try. Capturing single ideas simplifies visual notetaking and helps to make it less intimidating.
  • If you'd like to learn more about Atomic Sketchnotes, check out the video from the YouTube channel, Verbal to Visual below.