It was the meeting’s greatest gotcha moment.“Caught in the act,” a headline read. “It’s hard to keep one’s mind focused at all times,” quipped the Daily Mail. Except that’s exactly backwards, says Sunni Brown, author of “The Doodle Revolution.” Belittling the doodle is “antiquated” and a “little unenlightened.” “It’s in exactly these moments when information density is very high that makes doodling so important,” Brown says. “[Clinton] was harnessing her visual, mental and physical energy to stay in the game.”
"...Doodling is beneficial — necessary, even, says Brown, whose consultancy firm based on the principles of her new book coaches companies like Zappos, Disney and Dell, that you should be more concerned that someone is not doodling.Every president from Washington to Nixon doodled, according to the book “Presidential Doodles” which came out in 2006.
“Whenever you look at a notebook or a journal from any intellectual or hard-core creative, you see doodles,” Brown says. “There’s a reason for that.”
Our highly visual brains see words as images, she says. Doodling, which unites different neural pathways in the brain, opens us up to greater insights, better information retention and higher levels of concentration, getting us closer to those coveted “a-ha” moments, she argues. Rather than being a sign of disengagement or distraction, doodling keeps our mind occupied and focused, she argues. "
As a long standing doodler who was forced to erase the things I doodled on my note books in school and who, as an adult, has covered many a staff meeting agenda sheet with random abstract images I heartily concur. To find out more and learn about some famous doodlers click on the link: http://nypost.com/2014/02/22/why-doodling-is-a-habit-you-dont-need-to-break/