Mind mapping is a type of visualization tool whose main purpose is to help structure information. By graphically representing ideas and concepts a person will have a better time in analyzing and comprehending ideas, which allows them to have an easier time synthesizing and recalling these ideas and even give them more ideas.
Mind mapping is a very powerful tool. There are many uses to mind mapping. You can use it to for note taking, strengthening your memory or for brainstorming sessions. A mind map is also a useful tool in condensing information, consolidating data, or in the analysis of difficult problems that need various solutions. People have also used mind maps in making outline designs, in collaborative projects or in melding both visuals and abstract ideas. There are so many applications for mind mapping that you can definitely find a use for it in practically all aspects of your life.
Mind mapping is not as complicated as it looks. Just follow these steps:
• Jot down the main idea of your project, interest or study. Don’t forget to include both the theme and major preposition. In order to help you visualize the whole thing better, put a picture, drawing or diagram at the center of the page. You can use various computer software if you want to – people have used word processing, presentation or spreadsheet software for their mind maps with success.
• Radiating from your central idea, draw arrows that point to words, random thoughts, possible research options and even pictures. These items will help you further expand the boundaries of your central idea. You can use these arrows to also record your thought processes so you’ll know where a final idea germinated.
Here are some important things you should remember when mind mapping:
• Put images or diagrams that are related to your topic. The first thoughts or ideas always begin from the very center of the material you’re using (a piece of paper, a drawing pad, etc.).
• Don’t be limited to words. You can use codes, symbols or even various dimensions to help put a visual representation to the ideas you want to put on paper. You can use these at any time or at any point in your map.
• Words are very effective in describing what you’re thinking. Use keywords effectively. You shouldn’t also be limited to linearity. You can put in sub-ideas or branching arrows to better illustrate how your ideas are developing.
• Branching is all good but if it’s too confusing you’ll have a harder time of understanding your mind map. Try to be organized by using numerical orders, hierarchies or outlines.
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I should use this trick when I feel overwhelmed or confused. Good idea!