How much information do you ingest in a single day? A single hour? A single minute? I personally am assaulted with, often times self-inflicted, an overwhelming amount of information. It becomes extremely difficult to process and effectively use the information that is being delivered.
How can you take the information that you are ingesting and make it meaningful and useful? This TED talk (which was blogged about here: just a word) offers a quick look at one of the ways we naturally do this: doodling. Yes, doodling. This has been proven to be an effective way to significantly increase the retention and processing of information. It is especially effective in situations with high information density – meetings, lectures, presentations – yet these are the exact situations where we feel pressured to not doodle.
Those little scribbles on the paper might not be so worthless after all…http://ted.com/talks/view/id/1230