Take a cold shower
This will likely be an unfamiliar experience, allowing you to create new neural connections.
Make a new meal without a recipe
This will force you to be comfortable without all of the answers in front of you
Try a new hairstyle
A new change could inspire you!
Create a new outfit that you’ve never worn before
Mixing and matching will help you form new styles. A new outfit can give you a new vibe, which can inspire confidence.
Journal about your day
This reflection time will allow you to absorb what you’ve learned throughout the day. Journaling will also allow you to look back on old memories and see patterns in your life.
Take a new route that you haven’t taken before
This will give you a new perspective. This will take you out of auto-pilot mode, and force you to think in different ways.
Rearrange your room or living space
This can create a fresh environment and get you out of a routine feeling
Ask more questions
The more curious you are, the more you will learn.
Limit or eliminate social media for a day
You can use the extra time gained from eliminating social media to be more productive. You can spend this time in silence. It will likely be an unfamiliar experience.
Exercise your body and mind
Whether working out, doing yoga or meditating, this will allow your body and mind to relax and take a break from life.
Giving your mind a break allows creative ideas to flow naturally.
One Squiggly Line Blog
Hand-drawn pictures can make things clear, simple, and fun in blogs, too!
Having a graphic recorder create large-scale visual notes at your event can create quite an impact and make the content way more powerful. Sometimes, there's just not time or space to work at a super large scale. But size alone is not what makes the images so powerful. The power comes from the magic that happens when words and pictures are used together - like carrying a big box with both arms instead of just one.
The image above is one of eight created at TEDxBerkeley last month on 20"x30" foam core board. While much larger than a sketchbook, this size is still much smaller than the standard 4'x8' boards many graphic recorders use. Yet, the image is still quite powerful and creates quite an impact - and the smaller size is much easier to carry around!
Check out the whole set of visual notes from TEDxBerkeley 2016!
Graphic recording is full of surprises. You never know who you're going to run into or what they're going to say. But no matter the speaker or the topic, the process remains the same - listen and draw!
This image was created just a few days ago at TEDxBerkeley by the last speaker of the day, Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers Inc. He had a lot of great stories to share about his times on the Cal campus as a student. He talked about all kinds of random things - shaving cream, pay phones, saltine crackers, and typing, to name a few. All great stories in and of themselves, but far too many for me to capture visually in such a short time. But that doesn't matter. His overarching message was crystal clear - find happiness.
That's what graphic recording is all about - making the big picture clear for everyone, even those not in the room.
Live graphic recording is great, but so are visuals created before or after the fact. Like this one, which was created earlier this year - 2 years after the original presentation! A fresh visual can breathe new life into an old topic. Not that this topic is old (far from it!) but you get the idea. Visuals simply bring things to life, no matter when they're created.
Two Saturdays ago, I was busy graphic recording TEDxBerkeley with fellow Bay Area graphic recorder, Melanie Ida Chopko. This was the fifth and largest event held on the UC Berkeley campus, with all 1700 seats sold out!