Sketchnoting Journal: One Idea Per Day

If you’re looking for a way to build your sketchnoting skills in a low pressure setting, while also creating an archive of memories that you can look back on, then I encourage you to start keeping a sketchnoting journal.

Here I’d like to share with you some entries in my own sketchnoting journal, to give you a sense for how you might use the constraints of one idea per page to build your skills and capture memories you’ll enjoy revisiting.

I hope you enjoy these examples:

Author and YouTuber Hank Green on creative feedback loops.

Marking the completion of a book by sketching out the title and a quote.

A response to the question: How do you put out a new video each week?

Capturing an impactful idea that came up on a podcast I was listening to while out on a walk.

Another podcast idea sketched out, this one about creative side quests.

Sketching out the big idea from the book Essentialism.

Another essentialist idea.

This one’s from Todd Henry’s book Louder Than Words.

An ode to public libraries!

Ready to create something similar yourself?

Here are the tools that I use for that sketchnoting journal:

A small Moleskine notebook and the Pentel Energel 0.7mm pen.

I ended up making some follow-up videos connected to a few those single ideas:

I encourage you to start your own sketchnoting journal and try to capture just one idea per day, from whatever source catches your attention.

Use those entries as an opportunity to practice your sketchnoting skills and experiment with new formats.

What you’ll end up with is an archive of memories – snapshots of your day-to-day life that you’ll enjoy looking back on.

Dig Deeper

Want to dig deeper into the development of your own sketchnoting skills?

Check out our library of online courses:

Here’s a great place to start: An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking.

You can explore the full course library here.

Happy sketchnoting,

-Doug