How to Mind Map – An Ultimate Guide
Have you ever been jealous of a person whose facts are always on point, without working even half as hard as you do? Or, spent all night preparing a presentation that you thought would help you get that long-awaited promotion only to stand there blankly in the middle of the hall, waiting for the right words to come to your mind?
Well, it’s time you stop being that guy who works way too hard and be the guy who works smart!
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The good news is that it’s really easy if you know the right tricks. In fact, all you have to do is to train your mind to ‘think visually’. This visual thinking process, aka, mind mapping helps you simplify the presented information, thereby making it much easier to analyze it, understand it, recall it and use it to generate new concepts and ideas whenever you need.
Now, before we dive into any specifities, here’s a no-brainer for you- Isn’t it easier to remember even complex and large amount of information when you connect it to some song or stuff that you use/see on a day-to-day basis? For example, ‘Mnemonics’; let’s admit we still remember the taxonomic classification we learned in 10th standard. Why? Because we connected it to a simple idea that ‘Keep Pots Clean Or Family Gets Sick.’
A mind mapping software works on the same principle and reintroduces you to the age old fact that ‘Simplicity is the key to brilliance.’ It helps you leave the traditional, boring learning method behind and structures your information in a much streamlined and fun way.
How to draw a mind map?
The best thing about mind mapping is that the process itself is so simple that anyone and everyone can do it. All you have to do is follow these 3 simple steps:
- Draw circle or box the middle of the page and write your central theme in it.
- Create boxes for subtopics around your central idea, and connect each box with the main box using a line.
- Create boxes for sub-subtopics and more if further lower level subtopics come to your mind and join each of them to their relative subtopics.
Using an online mind map gives you a creative edge where you can use different colors, drawings, text size, alignment, color, box color, line thickness and symbols in much lesser time for a more engaging map. Each unique character you apply helps each specific idea stand out and is a cue for more engagement by your brain.
What can you use a mind map for?
Since mind mapping is about simplifying the information, there is no bar to where and how you can use it. You can use it for:
- Note taking
- Creating Presentations
- Problem Solving
- Recalling a previously learned concept
- Studying for exams
- Brainstorming Ideas
- Developing ideas for a book/blog
- Encouraging Creativity
- Researching and integrating large amount of information in a simplified, easily approachable and comprehensive format
This is, in fact, just the tip of the iceberg – with so much to do and so less time, you can untangle any complex information and clarify your views, in any context, using Mind Vector, the best mind mapping software.