Storing Your Sketchnotes With The Long Term In Mind - Doug Neill - Verbal To Visual

Storing Your Sketchnotes With The Long Term In Mind

In order to maximize the overall impact that your sketchnotes have on your life, it’s worth thinking about and making a plan for the long-term storage of those notes.

Here are the four steps that I go through to make sure that all of the ideas that I capture are safe and sound.

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Step 1: Create The Sketchnote!

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, after all.

Start by taking some visual notes.

Step 2: Short-Term Processing

After taking your visual notes, there will likely be some follow-up actions that you’ll want to take care of.

Maybe it’s a task that you need to complete, a new video or book to add to your stimulus queue, or a new person that you’d like to connect with.

Capture those before moving on.

Step 3: Digital Storage

Even though I’m a pen and paper sketchnoter, I like to capture my notes in a digital form as well.

I create a blog post where I share a photo of my sketchnote and write a reflection sharing how the ideas hit me and what I plan on doing with them (those live on The Graphic Recorder).

I also share them on Pinterest as a way to see them all in one place.

That digital storage serves as a backup in case anything happens to the physical pieces of paper.

Step 4: Physical Storage

The final step is to take care of the physical storage of your notes.

I’m using three-ring binders with plastic inserts for that purpose. I’ve got a separate binder for each project that I’m working on to keep everything well-organized.

So, what does your storage process look like?

Steal these ideas or adapt them to better fit your needs.

Good luck.



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.