Mind mapping isn’t for everyone, but I can tell you, it’s helped me through many stressful times and periods of uncertainty.
It’s easy and fun to do and helps to silence your inner critic…
You will be amazed at how much calmer you feel. With practice you can start to automatically do mental mind maps when stressed.
Mind mapping is a technique based on memory and creativity, comprehension and understanding.
By using and creating mind maps, you are actually using your brain in the way it was designed to be used.
And, as Steve Jobs said ‘Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?’ – Mind Mapping can help you get clear on what you want to do.
- Start in the middle of a blank page, turned sideways. You will need room to add branches or images to your map, so starting in middle gives you space to spread out.
- In the middle I draw a shape and write inside the shape what my issue, problem or decision is. Some people say to use a picture or image in the centre, if that feels right for you then do it. There is no right or wrong way to doing mind maps.
- The above picture is a good example of a mind map. As you can see the main branches connect and spread out from the central image, shape or word.
- As ideas, solutions come to you, connect them to the right main branch as second and third level branches; there is no limit to how many levels you can have.
- This is probably the most important step as our brains work by association, so it will link two or three things together. Once you start connecting your branches, you will understand.
- I prefer to keep it simple by using only one or two words per branch. Once I’ve finished my mind map then I expand on the words to form the basis of my idea.
Personally, I still use pen and paper when doing my mind maps as it makes me feel connected. Some people prefer to use Word or PowerPoint, again there is no right or wrong way, it’s what feels comfortable to you.
When you use mind maps on a daily basis, you will find that your life becomes more productive, fulfilled and successful on every level.
There are no limits to the number of thoughts, ideas and connections that your brain can make, which means that there are no limits to the different ways you can use mind maps to help you.
“I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head. How else could I capture all these mini inspirations, quickly, without the simplicity of Mind Mapping?” – Dominic O’Brien, nine times World Memory Champion