Sketchnoting Challenge: David Allen on Mac Power Users (February UPDATE)


UPDATED February 1, 2015

We've received some feedback from readers that the timeframe is a little too short and the podcast episode is too long and varied.

We LOVE hearing your feedback, so we can make these challenges better. With the spirit of improvement in mind, we're updating the challenge.

First, we're extending the deadline for one more week. Second, we're choosing a specific, 3 minute portion of the podcast for you to sketchnote.

New Deadline: Sunday, February 15th

Sketchnote Section: 8:56-12:00

Thanks again for your feedback, and let's try this again. Most of all, have fun with your sketchnoting!

- Mike & Mauro

Participate in Sketchnoting Challenge for a chance to win one of these 2 prizes:

PRIZE 1: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 David Sparks' ebook (PDF) of your choice

PRIZE 2: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 The Sketchnote Workbook (PDF)

One of the things I am most proud of from The Sketchnote Workbook are the challenges included within the book. They push sketchnoters to try new things and explore and experiment, which is an important part of learning.

New Series: Sketchnoting Challenge

So, in that spirit, we are kicking off a series here on Sketchnote Army called Sketchnoting Challenge, where Mauro, Binaebi and I will challenge readers to sketchnote something and then submit work to be included in a follow-up post to show each contributor's perspective.

Sketchnoting a Podcast

Sketchnoting a podcast is a great way to practice your listening skills without the distraction of images. Plus, you can pause the podcast if you've missed anything.

Podcast Sketchnote

For this first challenge, we've decided to use an episode of Mac Power Users Podcast, created by my friends David Sparks and Katie Floyd with productivity guru, David Allen on his bestselling book Getting Things Done.

MPU Graphic David and Katie

David Sparks and  Katie Floyd - Photo courtesy Allison Sheridan


For this challenge, we want you to listen to the MPU episode with David Allen between 8:56 and 12:00, then sketchnote the things that stand out to you from that section. Here's a link to the show:

219: Getting Things Done with David Allen

Remember to relax and focus on the things that stand out to you. The idea is not to capture every detail of the discussion, but to capture what is meaningful to you.

Once you've created a sketchnote, using any format or medium you like, submit it to us here at Sketchnote Army, so we can gather those into a single follow-up post.

Sketchnote Army Submission Link

You have 3 weeks, from January 26 to February 15 to submit your works.

After the deadline, we will take the submissions we've recevied to create a new post showing your work on Sketchnote Army and David and Katie will select the 2 Winners!

Future Challenges

As the year goes along, we will create new challenges for all of us to try out, exploring new areas where you can use sketchnoting to make your thinking visible and visual.

Most of all, have fun and be sure to share this challenge with friends. We would love to see a huge participation with tons of submissions to share.

Thanks and Happy New year!

- Mike, Mauro and Binaebi

TEDxCortland Sketchnote Capture: Michelle Cryan

Sketchnoting movies graphic organizer: Umm Sultan