Do You Doodle?

Do you doodle on purpose or just when you are bored? I used to doodle only when my attention was waning and my mind wandered off to somewhere in the joy jungle of my right brain. If someone glanced at me in a meeting and saw me doodling, I would quickly cover it up. Now I know that doodling actually helps me pay attention! Interesting study here. “Alleluia,” says my right brain. “Let me at it!”

So I started doodling on purpose, and enlisted the aid of two books on the subject that you might find interesting. (and yes, they are affiliate links, but I do actually own both of these books). You can actually solve problems with doodles, not just create them at meetings. If you are a color pen freak, get out your pens and an unlined piece of paper. If you are not a color pen freak, my strong suggestion is that you become one. On the piece of paper, write a word for your problem. Like, say, MONEY. Then just start doodling. I like having a kind of structured way to doodle, which both of these books illustrate. After a bit of easy doodling, just see if you come up with some words that pertain to your problem. Write them down quickly and keep do-do-doodling.  The doodle below is one I did about time. So–do you  doodle?  Pens ready? GO!   Best, Karen

medbig doodle

Creative Doodling & Beyond: Inspiring exercises, prompts, and projects for turning simple doodles into beautiful works of art

Doodles Unleashed: Mixed-Media Techniques for Doodling, Mark-Making & Lettering

About Karen

Karen Karsten, CPCC, CAC, has had several business careers, in government, finance, retail and publishing. Each career was a building block that helped her create the life she has now as a coach, writer and executive director of Rich Chicks and Creative Principle of Think You Can LLC.

Her companies, Think You Can ( and Rich Chicks ( both explore the magic of prosperity and creating clarity about life values. Karen has total faith in the magic of belief. Notice how that works either way: belief of magic, magic of belief. Magic is there—in you, too. Take a moment right now and honor the magic in you.


  1. Great post. I do Zentangles to soothe and quiet my mind. It helps me reconnect to that creative side.

  2. I do doodle and it does help me pay attention. My husband is an artist and when he was taking a Psych course for his Master’s the professor asked him to stay after class. The professor was angry because Jeff had been drawing. Jeff showed him the tree and all the symbols in the tree and redid the prof’s lecture. Jeff came home rather shaken and wondered what would have been his grade if the professor hadn’t talked to him. Thanks for the post and the links.

  3. Hi Karen – nice post. I’ve always been a hard-core doodler, and I know now that it has helped me learn and remember and become more patient. I also recently discovered it is a great way to meditate and deal with trauma and grief.
    Keep doodling! 🙂

  4. Hi Karen,
    Oh yeah! I’m a big doodler- on little bits of paper, at the office, in my studio, in the sketchbook. Now I’m even trying to incorporate those “doodles” right into my originals paintings! Yeah for doodles!

  5. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to making more space in my office/day/etc. for doing more visual stuff, and this seems to be a good way to ease into that. I’m off to clear a space and get that big roll of paper out of the basement.

  6. I love to doodle. The feelings of connectedness and grounding that I experience really make it a great activity for me (and really for anyone!).

    • Thanks for reading my post. I suppose there is an automated doodling program somewhere. I thought was a creative tool. And it is, except it’s a scheduling program. Boo! K3

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