Take the first step

Posted on Sep 21, 2018

After a session at the International Sketchnote camp in Lisbon today I felt challenged and excited to share more of my sketchnoting online. It’s something I’ve resisted doing because I don’t feel I’m as good as others and I know that there are sometimes mistakes in my sketchnotes: crooked lines, spelling, running out of space. I was, however, reminded of the value of sharing your work as you go along and that, in reality, the process is what is really of value not the product.

But how could I start? What step would be the easiest to get me to share more of my sketchnotes.

The first step.

In my case, this would be taking the photo of the sketchnote to share. If I don’t take the picture, I’ve got nothing to share. Once I’ve taken the photo then I’ve got something to share and it’s fairly simple to type out a note and share the sketchnote from there. But taking the photo is a hanging point for me. I often don’t take my phone out, and when it is I forget to/ resist take the photos.

In fact, even if I don’t share a sketchnote after photographing it, immediately or after a wait, I still have the sketchnote save and more available to share.

I think this applied to many other areas. Just doing the first step can get the process going.