Creating a mind map is a great way to identify your thoughts and the goals you want to work towards, and they are particularly useful in brainstorming sessions. If you are a beginner at mind mapping, don’t worry, here are some tips on how to get you started.
There are no rules when creating a mind map, you are simply mapping out ideas. Remember, the golden rule is to remind yourself that a mind map is not a 'precious' document, simply view it as a creative tool to organise your thoughts. You may elect to write your ideas down on post-it notes, scraps of paper, on a crisp piece of paper using colourful pens, or you may decide to use a computer program. You can even use a napkin if you feel inspired while eating!
I have included an example of how a mind map could look, this mind map is by no means complete but it is a great starting point to help break down the barriers stopping someone from reaching the goal of ‘feeling more positive about life’. Have a look at the example and follow the train of thought that has gone into the process, you will soon get the gist of what you can put on your mind map.
Bottom line is that once you put your thoughts down on paper, it is easier to see where you are going, what you want to achieve, and what needs to happen in order to accomplish something. The mind map can help you identify your goals, as well as the actions you need to take in order to achieve those goals.
Personally, I use a mixture of materials when I create mind maps for my private and business life, it all depends on where I am, and what I have to hand, for outlining new ideas, plots for my next book, or maybe even planning where I am going on my summer holiday.
Mind maps are very personal to your situation, therefore, your mind map can be as big or small as you need it to be. Remember, mind maps are also great for organising your work load if you are studying for an exam and similar. A note of caution, your mind map may not make much sense to another person but this is irrelevant as long as your own mind map has helped you outline your thoughts and highlighted your next moves.
Have fun with mind maps, discover how you are able to overcome that tendency of being stuck with a non-productive idea or worry. Simply putting pen to paper and creating your own mind maps allows you to be proactive and achieve your goals.
By Tina Elven
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