Have you ever been confused about an idea, project or problem?
Do you wish there was a way for you to quickly clear your mind and organize your thoughts?
If you are like most people, you take out a sheet of paper or open a Word document, and start writing down your ideas. This might help you clear your mind, but doesn’t help you organize your thoughts or see the connections between your ideas.
There is a better way
A mind map is a simple way to organize your thoughts around a central idea.” (tweet this)
Mind Maps were introduced by Tony Buzan, to provide you with a simple visual way to display your thoughts and ideas. The benefit of a mind map is that they make it easier for your brain to make connections and generate new ideas.
Creating a mind map is pretty simple and does not require that you learn a lot of rules. (tweet this) Keep in mind that your mind map is to help you plan your project, solve your problem, and organize your thoughts, therefore, it can be whatever you want it to be.
With that said, here are 7 quick steps to get you started on creating your first mind map:
Pick your topic - Decide on the topic of your mind map. This can be anything that you want it to be - a project that you need to plan, a problem that you need to solve, or just something that you need to organize. It is a good idea to be concise, and use as few words as possible. A word or two will usually get you started.
Place your topic in the center of the page - Just write the word or words that you came up with in the first step in the center of the page and draw a circle around it. Simple isn’t it?
Add your main branches - What is the first idea that comes to mind when you think of your topic? Draw a line from the circle, and write your idea on that line.
Add your subbranches - Now, what does this idea make you think of? What ideas are related to it? Draw branches off of this main branch and write your thoughts on it.
Repeat - Repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as you need to flush out all of your ideas about your topic.
Study your map - When you are finished mapping, carefully study the connections that you have made between your thoughts and ideas and try to relate them to each other.
Add more ideas - Add anything else that comes to mind so that your mind map is gives you a complete picture of the problem you are trying to solve or the project you are trying to plan.
That’s it! You have completed your first mind map.
There are many uses for a mind map, and the more you try it the more you will like it. Check out this article for more uses of mind maps.
Try mind mapping today! Pick a project that you are trying to plan or a problem you are trying to solve and apply these 7-steps. Let us know about your results in the comments here.