Are you looking for an effective way to help you organize your thoughts and motivate your action? Mind maps are a great way to move your life and business forward by increasing interest and expanding creativity. Mind maps are an effective tool for planning, learning, organizing, managing, goal setting, and problem solving.
What is a mind map?
A mind map is a visual representation tool that uses words, symbols, pictures, images, numbers, and colors to take a lot of information and organize it in a brain-friendly way. A mind map is memorable which is one of the reasons it can be so helpful. A mind map is a great way to break down complex issues. Mind mapping is a way to organize information that utilizes our natural visual thinking abilities, and by doing so it can unlock our creativity.
Mind maps help us organize, store, learn, prioritize, review and memorize information. It helps us to see the bigger picture and the complexity of the bigger picture in smaller chunks of manageable information. It can help us find hidden insights and explore new ideas.
How to Create a Mind Map
First, start with your main idea or subject and put it in the center of a blank piece of paper (unlined, by the way) that is oriented in landscape mode. Don’t use small paper – that just limits you. We’re looking for plenty of room to grow our ideas.
Your main idea or subject could be your business, relationships, your health or any number of areas in your life, If you will make your main idea or subject a picture it will improve your memory of it and it can be a catalyst for your imagination.
Second, use plenty of colors as you create branches off your main idea. The branches that emanate from the center are associations with your main idea. These could be things, ideas, sounds, emotions, images – the key is to allow your brain to get creative at this stage. Each branch represents a key idea or image that radiates from your main idea.
Tony Buzan, the creator of mind maps, says to curve the lines that come out of your main idea. He says that our brains are bored by straight lines, so the curved lines help our creativity.
You may choose to brainstorm ideas before beginning your mind map. If so, this is step two.
Third, create twigs that naturally grow out of your branches. These are secondary ideas that relate to the key ideas of your branches. You can think of your branches as topics and your twigs as sub-topics. Make your branches thicker than your twigs to give them emphasis.
Helpful Info on Mind Mapping
In general, color is also used for emphasis and to separate ideas. The thickness of branches and words bring emphasis, as does UPPER CASE. Size of letters and images, symbols, etc. is also a way of drawing attention to key information.
Here’s a mind map representation of some helpful rules for mind mapping effectiveness:
If you’d like more on mind mapping, Adam Sicinski’s How to Mind Map is a great place to start. Try mind mapping for your business or your life (or both!). It can be a helpful tool in your quest for greater success.