When ideas are coming at you fast, it can be hard to know what to do with them.
Which ones are worth capturing in your sketchbook?
Which ones can you let pass without any representation at all?
To help you make those decisions, here is my suggestion: use your intent as a filter.
Your intent is what you hope to get out of this particular note-taking session.
To define it, consider these questions: Why are you here in the first place? What purpose do you want your visual notes to serve? What happens next, after this note-taking session, and how can you use that to inform your approach?
The more clearly you know why you’re taking these notes, the easier it will be to decide what makes it on the page.
So use your intent as a filter the next time you’re capturing ideas visually. Your brain will thank you for it.
Want To Dig Deeper?
If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.
If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.
And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.