Ever feel like you are living your life running on a great, big, giant, hamster wheel?
We live in a world of demands. It’s easy to stop paying attention to how we think, what we dream, and the way we feel as we move through our responsibilities. Our brains are effective at automating repetitive tasks. The problem is that it results in a life lived on autopilot.
Journaling is a powerful tool for living life with intention. When we capture and review what matters most to us, it breaks us free of the hamster wheel. When we add the visual component to our journaling practice, we absorb it even more deeply because it engages both sides of the brain.
I stumbled onto the power of visual journaling unexpectedly.
At a conference, I saw a scribe (Michael Lagocki) capturing visual notes–which he calls scribing–on boards at the back of the room. My brain was full of all the content I’d heard that morning, and when I saw the unique combination of words and drawings, suddenly all the ideas sorted themselves out in a way that made them easy to process.
I began carrying around a notebook and crayons as I practiced the technique. I started by taking notes in meetings, but then began scribing everything…dayplanning, task lists, projects, random flashes of inspiration. Over time I realized that the process of doing this was helping me grow more quickly and reach goals faster. Something about observing them on paper in this creative way was helping me with the trajectory of my life.
You don’t have to be an artist to practice visual journaling. (I sure wasn’t.) Simple drawing was our very first written language. Reconnecting with it can have powerful results.