You think you are done.
Your drawing is finished.
Now you can tell your story.
But that is only the first level of visual thinking
Sure, when things are clear you can stay there.
But for professional reflection you need to go further.
To get a grip on a wicked issue
To map out your professional identity.
Or to decide on the next step in your work.
You can think visually at 3 levels
Start with recording: Put down your thoughts in key words and symbols. And use containers and lines to organize them.
You don’t know how to do that? Download the free crash course in visual thinking.
Now you don’t have to keep it all together in your head
That creates room for reflection.
Look at your drawing: What catches your attention? What is missing?
Many people forget to place themselves in their drawing
What is your role in the story?
Zoom out: What connections do you see? Are things in the right place?
Zoom in: What is the most important part? Elaborate on it and draw it out on a new piece of paper.
When you draw during your reflection you can surprise yourself
You experience creative accidents: Serendipities that lead to a new insight. A drawing that did not turn out well reminds you of something else. Or you see a connection because you happened to put 2 topics next to each other.
That is also how designers develop new ideas
When you reflect visually you loosen up your thinking. Cut out the different parts and move them around. Or make multiple versions.
When you don’t get any further you go to the third level: reframe.
You take a different perspective
Professional reflection is about how you look at something. And if you can take another angle.
Now that you have drawn out your thoughts, you can trace your thinking.
Maybe you see where your thinking is fixed
But often you need someone else to help you spot it. Take the drawing that depicts your question most clearly and explain it to someone else.
Another person sees what is obvious to you
And he finds different connections. What catches his attention?
Now it is easier to put your thinking up for discussion. Since it is not about you: It is only about a drawing.
You can think visually at 3 levels. That helps you in your professional reflection: It is easier to take another perspective when you can play with your thoughts.
Take an issue that is on your mind and put it down on paper. Follow the 3 steps with this pdf.
Do you need more tips on how to draw out your thinking?
Download the free visual thinking crash course.
Are you stuck?
We can also do a visual sparring session.
Then I draw along with you.