Ever been to a meeting, which never seemed to end. You try to listen to the speaker, but your mind keeps wandering off to thoughts like; If I sneak out, will anybody notice. If I fall asleep, I will probably snore.
Maybe it is because you have no clue what the speaker is talking about because the speaker’s voice sounds like there is a bucket over his or her head, which makes it hard for you to keep focus. Or maybe because it is such a boring subject in the first place.
Before you stand up and yell; – I can’t take this anymore, you discreetly begin to draw flowers and butterflies on a piece of paper, pretending to take notes.
Some neurologists might say that it is your right-brain revolting. Listening to a string of words, where your right-brain doesn’t see the greater picture, often leads to a brain shut down because of extreme boredom. To save your sanity, you start to draw.
But why not use this urge to draw to your advantage. Instead of drawing butterflies and flowers, why not figure out how to translate the information the speaker tries to convey into drawings. Start listening to words that could inspire you to draw something related to the subject. This way you activate the right-brain. You are no longer a passive listener, not even bored.
Have fun with it. Surprise yourself. You probably will get a better understanding of what the speaker is talking about, even end up getting the greater picture