What is Mind Mapping?
It is a brainstorming technique to enable us to place all of the seemingly disconnected information we have of a subject from our subconscious and conscious mind onto a piece a paper. We then can analyze and publish the content into any forum you need.
Chance Brown from mindmapblog.com has a definition posted as this,
” A mind map uses visual thinking to create an organized display of the plan, problem, or project—a diagram that mirrors the way our brains naturally processes information. Information and tasks radiate out from a central theme or goal, rather than falling below a header, as in a list. Related items link with connecting lines. New items can be captured randomly and then organized into the larger scheme, with new ideas flowing naturally as the map gains detail. Information can be illustrated with symbols, words, color, images, links, and attachments to add context, helping to reveal new directions, greater clarity, and big ideas.”
So with that overly wordy explanation let’s get started.
How to make a mind map.
I use a very simple method by creating a bubble map. You start by writing you main idea in the center of a piece of paper and circle it. Then you begin to let whatever comes into your mind flow onto the paper stemming off of the main and it begins to look like a lot of interconnecting bubbles. Here is my mind map example that I used to create this post.
Not everything in the map made it to the post but I was able to generate an outline from the map that I had made in order to bring you the content you see here.
Mind Mapping has now become a vital tool I have in my arsenal. I use the mind map to help me with article writing, blog posts, major life decisions, pro vs. con, management, and just about anything else you can think of.
Why use mind mapping?
there are three principal reasons that I use the mind map they are as follows.
1) To generate ideas.
Every “thing” that has ever been “created” started out as an idea. And your subconscious mind is a powerful ally that once you begin to access it via the Mind Map for information you can start to develop amazing work.
2) To develop an Outline to your work
Once you have all your ideas down on paper you can begin to sort through them. It is much easier to complete a project when you have an outline detailing exactly how you want it to go. Start to place the ideas from the map into an ordered outline so you can then begin to take action.
3) Eliminate what isn’t right for the project.
If something doesn’t fit, cut it out. The mind map gives you a chance to pre-edit your work. It could save you many hours of tail-chasing later when you thought you were headed the right direction and hit a wall. As well as being able to generate content that is useful and not “seedy” as the blogger Gip Plaster outlines in this post.
Give it a shot, I am positive it will improve whatever project you have to complete.
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