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Twofer Tuesday: On Doodling & Feedback

Understanding the way our minds function is incredibly valuable in delivering our best work — that is, Great Work. This week offers up an article from Inc.com that looks at how doodling and feedback can be used to our professional advantage, and another from FastCompany.com that offers a warning about when feedback is detrimental).

Doodle Me This

Who says doodling is just for kids? Well, there may be some who think that, but they would be wrong.

Our brains seek constant stimulation. According to science — or, more specifically, to psychologist Jackie Andrade at Plymouth University — drawing funny faces, flowers and assorted shapes in the margins of the page can provide that extra bit of focus we need to keep us from tuning out entirely during mundane but mandatory tasks (routine meetings, for example).

Read: What Your Brain Is Doing When You Doodle, According to Science

Uncoiling the Feedback Loop

Feedback, of both the positive and negative variety, has its time and place.

Encouraging comments can make all the difference when you’re learning something new, but can enable and inhibit you when you’re ready to take your skills to the next level.

Negative or constructive feedback can sharpen your focus and improve performance. But when in the wrong context, it’s been shown to hinder creative thinking and create a rigid, defensive state of mind.

Feedback is important. You just need to understand when you need it — and when you don’t.

Read: Here’s When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Ignore Other People’s Feedback

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