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How to Become a Pro-Doodler in Your Spare Time

Updated on May 16, 2012
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

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Doodle Your Way Through Work

Are you seeking new meaning at your job? Even better, are you seeking new meaning in life? Are you looking for a new hobby that will change your perspective on everything? Well, this isn't going to do any of that for you, but it will keep you entertained. You can learn to become a pro-doodler in your spare time!

Many people just aren't feeling fulfilled at their jobs anymore. Loads of people are feeling underpaid, overworked, and unappreciated. I am here to tell you not everyday has to feel that way. Perhaps you are not getting what you need from your job anymore, but you are stuck there until the economy gets better. Maybe those lame meetings you sit through are draining the life out of you. Well, that doesn't have to happen anymore! You need to focus your energy on a new task that will give meaning to your miserable job. You are going to be a lean, mean, doodling machine!

Creating Your Own Masterpiece

Some people will say it can't be done. They will see your little notebook stashed at your desk and they might even point and laugh at you. Forget the nay-sayers! All they know to say is "nay" and who needs such negativity? All of the greatest artists that ever lived were forced to overcome hurdles, and you, future magnificent doodling genius, are no different. While your officemates mock you, take that time to explore your inner artist. Through your pain, you will find a doodle artist deep within your soul!

I've found I become most inspired during lengthy meetings about absolutely nothing. While at these meetings, make sure to position yourself in such a way so no one sees what you are doing. Your manager might think you are taking extensive notes. You might even get a nod of appreciation from a supervisor a time or two. However, you will know the truth. You will know you haven't heard a single word for the last 15 minutes. You are just waiting for the free lunch to arrive.

You might ask yourself, "What is my inspiration right now?" How about drawing some pictures of food! You are hungry and bored, so that seems like a good idea. Maybe you'd like to draw the back of your co-workers head. Just remember, don't actually draw ON your co-worker's head. Just draw his head instead. You could even doodle some nice palm trees and a sandy beach. Oh, that vacation you've been waiting for is coming up soon! You can even draw stick people or animals. The possibilities are unlimited.

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Finding the Time to Perfect Your Talent

Once you've started your journey as a pro-doodler, you are going to want to doodle away all the time. You won't be content with your once boring existence as an office worker. No, you are an artist now and you need to explore your creative side. You should take at least a few minutes each day to perfect your talent.

Maybe you started out only drawing snails. Well, today is the day you step it up and start drawing turtles, too. Perhaps you began your journey only doodling shapes. Well, now you need to put those shapes together and start creating entire buildings. Your imagination will take you far at work as long as you don't let little things deter you, such as actually working. I mean, if you can't doodle your way through a meeting or through a boring phone call, what kind of crap job do you have anyway? Shesh! You are an artist now and artists deserve to have their "me time" every now and then.

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

Don't forget, it doesn't help to be horribly stressed out at work. If you can't really leave your desk because your phone won't stop ringing, doodling might be your way to stay sane. If you can't keep your eyes open because your meeting about other meetings addressing the issue of best meeting times is more than you can handle, doodle your way to sanity. It is something we all have to do at times. While you are at it, you might find you have some hidden talent. Who says you can't get something positive out of work after all?

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Sounds like you are on your way to becoming a pro-doodler anyday now. Thanks for the comment!

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    Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    I love doodling. I wouldn't quite call it drawing or illustrating yet. Sometimes, when I'm feeling happy about something I doodled, I call it a cartoon.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Perhaps you can try doodling on the back of the cereal boxes. Imagine how excited the customers will be when they look on the back of their boxes of cereal and discover free art. I can't imagine how that could go wrong. ;-)

    Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    Adam 5 years ago from Tennessee

    I would never classify your hubs as completely useless. You have inspired me to become an expert doodler, and one day I might be good enough to put that on a resume. Not the fact that I can doodle, but actual examples of my doodling. Unfortunately, I work with my hands and don't even have time to doodle, which is sad, because a job isn't worth keeping if you can't do the occasional doodle. I stock shelves, so I spend a lot of time reading the backs of cereal boxes and I think that keeps me up to date on important issues.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks everyone for the comments. Yes, doodling is the best way to stay alert during awful meetings. Thanks for the comments and the votes!

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    This bought back memories of long, boring meetings...

    That's when I produced some of my best work - doodles that is!

    Voted up, brilliant hub!

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    Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

    Ha Ha!!! Loved this one and enjoyed reading. Yes, doodling is the only way to stay sane in trying situations. Voted up.

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    I remember those long meeting times - I had become quite good with graphics - zig zags, and wiggly designs. I hadn't quite thought of actually trying to draw something. I've read that doodling actually keeps your interest and lets you pay attention.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    billybuc - Sometimes doodling is the only thing that gets me through a meeting. I am still listening... sort of... so I think it is OK. It also keeps me awake. Thanks so much for the comment!

    barbergirl28 - That is true - I did mention not to draw on the back of a co-worker's head. The same goes for your customer's heads, too! :-) I imagine it must be fun when you get to dye hair though. That is creative! Thanks for reading my hub!

    Jools99 - Lately, my job has been too hectic for fun doodling sessions, too. Sigh. Sometimes I wonder why I bother showing up? Oh, that is right... the whole paying rent thing. I've also found doodling to be much safer than exorcisms and ghost hunts, too. :-) Thanks for dropping by. I am happy you enjoyed the hub.

    spartucusjones - That is good to hear! Keep shooting for the stars! It sounds like you are already a pro-doodler. Congrats and thanks for checking out my hub!

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    Truly inspiring hub! I doodle all the time, but I also work for myself. Maybe that is why I have a tough time paying the bills. But I'm sure eventually my doodles will be worth millions (hopefully before I die).

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    Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

    Well I never get a moment in my job to doodle but I could certainly do it in my lunch hour. My drawing skills are dire but it would be good practice and give me something to do between exorcisms and office ghost hunting :o) Good laugh Jeannie!

    Voted up.

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Wow - I can not believe that I have never thought of this before! I mean - I have always wanted to be a pro-doodler. However, sadly, I don't know if I can really incorporate this into my trait. My customers won't appreciate me doodling in their hair! Ahhh... but to dream. Great hub - had fun reading it!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Absolutely brilliant hub! I highly respect anyone who can occupy their minds during an inane meeting. It show great creativity to take next to nothing and make it meaningful.

    very, very funny my friend.