The Sharpie Project is 2 months. Surprisingly, making time to doodle is more taxing than I anticipated. Plus, Sharpies don’t last very long. I think I’ve already burnt out 5 markers. I should really get over my fear of using a tablet.
I read this article that felt relevant and points out many reasons why I wanted to do this project in the first place.
Doodling helps expand your mind, and free up short and long term memory.
Studies have shown that doodling can free up short- and long-term memory, improve content retention and increase attention span. It can also produce creative insight, because “when the mind starts to engage with visual language, you get neurological access that you don’t have when you’re in a linguistic mode,” says Brown. Most of us use reading, writing, and talking to brainstorm, but “the human mind is very habit forming,” she says. To break that habit, you have to think in an unfamiliar medium—a visual medium.
More than anything I’d say little daily projects like this help build discipline. It prevents you from making an excuse not to do something, which I like. If you’re sick or on the other side of the world, it doesn’t matter. It’s about the follow through.
Either way, check it out (or don’t).