What Is A Mind Map?
Mind maps are a way of organizing information to make it simpler to visually see “the big picture”.
Mind mapping is an organizational tool that you can utilize to get all of the ideas and thoughts that you have on any given subject out of your head and down on paper.
Have you ever worked on a project and gotten overwhelmed by where you should start, what to do next, or even had to go back and change things because you forgot something important?
Ugh… it’s the worst feeling!
Using a mind map will keep your frustration when working on all of your projects to a minimum and keep you organized.
Although the term “mind map” was first popularized by British popular psychology author and television personality Tony Buzan, the use of diagrams that visually “map” information using branching and radial maps traces back centuries. These pictorial methods record knowledge and model systems, and have a long history in learning, brainstorming, memory, visual thinking, and problem solving by educators, engineers, psychologists, and others. Some of the earliest examples of such graphical records were developed by Porphyry of Tyros, a noted thinker of the 3rd century, as he graphically visualized the concept categories of Aristotle.Wikipedia
Mind maps are great to use to create study aides, as an organizational tool, for problem solving, brainstorming ideas, checklists, summarizing information, project planning, goal setting, and decision making.
Creating Your Mind Map
Mind maps are super quick and easy to create. You can use any size of paper to make your mind map. I have made them as small as a 3×5 card and as large as a poster board. Most of my mind maps I make either in my journal or planner.
- Create your central idea or main topic. This can be placed anywhere on your page, you just need to make sure you leave plenty of room for all of your subtopics to be placed after.
- Add branches from your main topic to each of your subtopics.
- You can then add branches from each of your subtopics to further breakdown the subject.
- You can make your mind map all the same color, or you can color code each subtopic and subsequent branches their own color.
- Add images. Adding images can make your mind map more visually appealing, plus it’s just plain fun!
Mind Map Examples
This is a simple party planning mind map I quickly put together for a party this last summer.
This is a weekly chore list I made on Mind Meister
This is another mind map I made on Mind Meister to help me with setting my goals.
This is a picture of the very first mind map I ever made lol
More Mind Map Ideas
- Taking Notes – Great for taking notes for class lectures, seminars, or work meetings.
- Study Aide – Break down different subjects you are studying to help retention of the material.
- Checklists – OMGoodness… Checklists are my favorite!!
- Summarizing – Sections, articles, chapters, and books.
- Project Planning – Budgets, resources, weekly menus, home organization, blog posts, podcasts, writing a book, and planning a trip.
- Personal Development – Setting goals, choosing/creating habits, evaluations, exercise schedule, and diet plans.
- Problem Solving – Great for solving problems, making decisions or comparisons (use the who, what, why, where, and how method).
Mind Map Resources
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Alright, so we are all set to make some mind maps! Have fun with it. Once you try them they can be very addicting. Please comment below and let me know if you use mind maps, and how they benefit you. If you have any tips or tricks, let us know.