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The Productivity Sketchbook #13: Sketchnote to Learn What You Think

I've often come across the idea of people writing out their thoughts to learn what they think.

I take it a step further by writing and drawing out my ideas to learn what I think.

By drawing the first thing that comes to mind when I hear a word or idea, I learn what my perspective is on that idea.

I made a Sketchnote based on a quote from Zen Monk Shunryo Suzuki. It talks about beginners and experts.

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryo Suzuki, Zen Monk

The first thing I thought of when hearing this quote was the difference between kids and adults. Kids see all the possibilities, while adults see the reality.

Shunryo may have been referring to a different group of people.

Others may have different thoughts.

But by sketching out this quote, I learned how I see and think about it.

If you'd like to explore and understand how your mind works, give Sketchnoting a try. The amazing insights you discover about your own mind may surprise you.

In case you missed it, you can see my Sketchnoting process in last week's YouTube video:

Sketchnotes + Productivity

I've been building out a gallery of my Sketchnotes inside my favorite note taking app, Obsidian.

My Sketchnote gallery in Obsidian

More info on how I'm building this will be coming in the near future, most likely in the form of a YouTube video. Stay tuned!

Tiago Forte's "Criteria for What to Keep" when taking notes

From Tiago Forte, creator of Building a Second Brain:

  • Notetaking: Criteria for What to Keep
    • Inspiring
      • Could this inspire me if it surfaced later?
    • Useful
      • Is this a useful source, building block, or tool?
    • Easily Lost
      • Am I unlikely to find this later?
    • Personal
      • Is this unique, personal, or hard-won knowledge worth revisiting later?

How to Draw

Another Back to School related drawing tutorial!

How to Draw a Pencil

What to Draw

Last week's word was "Learning" in honor of back to school. Here's what I came up with:

Ideas for drawing the word "Learning"

What images came to your mind when you thought of the word "Learning"? Share your drawings in the comments below!

This week's word is:


Sketch out what pops into your mind and share it in the comments below. As always, I'll be sharing my answers in the next issue!