On this rainy, Thursday of my Spring Break I find myself curled up on the corner of my couch, surrounded by two over-sized pillows, wrapped in my Blackhawks blanket with my iPad and Apple pencil on one side of me and my new book, “Hacking Leadership” on the other. I recently taught an internal university course “Writing About Reading” where we spent two of the classes discussing the power of sketchnoting. I personally love sketchnoting, especially at conferences, workshops, and while watching educational videos/seminars.
Lately, I’ve been pushing myself to sketchnote while I read. While I’ve learned I love it, I’ve also realized how time consuming it can be. It takes me at least 3 times longer to finish one chapter as compared to when I read and highlight. However, my retention is much higher because I am thinking about what I am reading, connecting it to an image (my schema), and then writing/drawing it. It also becomes a piece of art that I frequently revisit and am eager to share with others to start a discussion or inspire them to read the book too.
Here is my artwork from today while I sketchnoted and listened to the rain.