To really start creating sketchnotes can still be tough. Like we talked about last week, there can be a disconnect between how you create sketchnotes and what the notes look like. To recap…
Instead of creating sketchnotes on a large scale, just sketch the words or phrases that jump out in your mind. Like “the key is” and sketching a key.
This is the easiest way to start creating sketchnotes. Take what you’ve learned so far and apply it in the margins of your current note-taking system. Don’t make a wholesale change (unless you’re already pumped to do so), but start working in sketches of the big ideas, words, and emotions as you take the information in.
What you can do to start is simply sketch in the margins of the current notes. On the side, in the text, it doesn’t matter. What matters is you’re mixing them in.
Mixing the two styles will bridge the gap between what you’re comfortable with, and transition you to more sketchnotes over time. You can also begin going all-in on sketchnotes with meetings or talks outside of work, like a sermon or quick TED Talk.
This is also an opportunity to use the skills from a couple lessons ago on creating sketchnotes without drawing. Draw boxes and bubbles, add emphasis and make bigger or smaller.
Remember practicing your 5 most-used emojis? Those come in handy here. If you are having trouble putting the ideas on paper, start with your emotions and sketch little emojis in the margins. Confused? Happy? Neutral? Sketch it!
This simple act will remind you what different parts of the talk or meeting felt like to you. Especially in meetings, remembering what was clear and what was confusing is very helpful.
As you continue to grow more confident, adding to your internal visual library, you’ll replace blocks of texts with sketches. It’s a fun transition to make and will help you remember more information.