What Is Mind Mapping?
Learning how to draw and use a mind map for different things like brainstorming, goal setting and time management will be a real eye-opener for many people.
For many of them, this has proven to be an exciting addition to their current knowledge and skill set.
And it can also be a better and more comfortable way for you to take notes and study many other subjects as well.
For others, it may first be a challenge.
However, the good news is that once you learn more about mind maps you will see just how easy and natural they can be to work with.
What Is A Mind Map?
A mind map is a visual diagram consisting mainly of:
- Pictures or images which should be used to represent your key topics, ideas or tasks.
- Keywords or keyword phrases that also capture the essences of a topic, idea or task.
- Circles and lines which can be one or multiple colors.
These contain the images and show the connection or flow between topics, tasks or ideas.
What Is Mind Mapping
What Is Mind Mapping?
When adequately constructed a mind map can be used as an effective whole-brain learning tool for creating, capturing and organizing ideas and information.
Images are associated with right-brain holistic functions and keywords are associated with your left-brain analytical roles.
You should also use different color pens or markers, which helps to stimulate your creativity and imagination which are right-brain functions.
Mind maps offer a free-form way of creating a to-do list or capturing ideas, without having the constraint of needing to have everything listed in sequential order.
This lets you focus more of your attention on the task of capturing useful and relevant ideas as opposed to worrying about what order everything needs to be in.
Prioritizing and organizing the task is done in a separate step from capturing all the ideas and needed information.
“Mapping your mind” involves a combination of writing and drawing.
By using multiple colors, graphics and links you create stronger associations – this makes remembering easier.
Mind maps create structure and overview.
By clicking here, you'll find a whole bunch of examples of mind maps.
How To Brainstorm and Set Goals
The good thing about brainstorming and goal setting together is that you are combining one creative activity with another, which works out well.
Here is a simple four-step process that you can follow:
Step 1. Start with your goal
Write it down in the middle of a sheet of paper.
If possible, create a picture or symbol to represent it and then circle it.
On the outside of the circle, you should write a keyword that accurately represents your topic.
Step 2. Write down (in a freestyle form) other thoughts or ideas that come to mind that will be needed or supportive in achieving your goal.
Circle them and draw a connection between them and your goal.
Step 3.You now need to add any subtasks that need to be completed for any task that will require a preceding action.
For example, if you are creating a mind map for starting a business, your goal may be to become financially independent.
Before achieving that goal, there will be a few major and minor milestones to reach along the way.
After you have written down the major ones (like get your equipment and have your product created), you would then list the smaller tasks (like find the best seller or get the best pricing)
Step 4. Once you have all of the needed items, you can subsequently organize them and make sure that everything is in a logical order.
In many cases, you will find that working through this process will help you organize your thoughts and see the big picture.
But it will also help to embed your goal and plans into your subconscious mind where they can take on a power of their own.
Recommended tools to use for mind maps include:
+ A Whiteboard
+ A Notepad or sheet of paper
+ Software programs or Mind Mapping Apps
You can also use mind mapping to improve your time management skills!
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