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A Beginner’s Guide to Mind Mapping

How To Mind Map: A Beginner's Guide - Mind Vector

How To Mind Map: A Beginner’s Guide – Mind Vector

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!

Must Read: Mind Mapping: The Sherlock Holmes Way!

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.

Also Read: How to Weave Stories With Mind Mapping Software

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
  • Planning
  • 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.

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Mind Mapping: The Sherlock Holmes Way!

Spider Maps of Sherlock Holmes

Holmes “Spider Web” tracing movement of Professor Moriarty:A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes! Every Crime-Thriller book/movie lover reveres this character. Sherlock Holmes is the most famous fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Wherever a mystery, Sherlock Holmes was the first one to be called on. With excellent detective skills with a dash of forensic expertise, keen observation and logical reasoning, even the Scotland Yard couldn’t do without him!

So what if Sherlock Holmes was to use the skills of brainstorming and mind mapping in detecting murders, thefts and solving other mysteries today? Here are some few steps that Holmes would follow to solve a case!

  • He would first segregate evidences by making use of icons and symbols
  • The second step to be followed by the first one would be to attach photographs to the evidences that he has collected, with the help of branches
  • He would then connect this further with branches with a few extended or topic notes so that he has them at a glance and in an organized manner
  • Right facing map would be most conducive to Mr. Holmes as he can map the incidents and developments of a case in the form of a before and after
  • He would make use of relationship lines to join evidences and information
  • Sherlock Holmes would also make a note of the names and contact details of people that he has interviewed as a part of investigation and have them at his fingertips as and when needed
  • Along with this, he would also be able to add news stories pertaining to the crime and investigation
  • If latest technology would be infused in his case solving, then he would opt for a web-based mind mapping service which also gives access to his assistant Dr. Watson and they he too could keep adding his inputs and observations later to the case
  • Mr. Holmes would also attach important forensic lab reports and save them along with small summaries as text notes
  • Once he would start mind mapping, new avenues to the case would be thrown open to him. At that moment he would realize that he could make use of some witnesses, other tests to be conducted, experts to consult and the possible outcomes or perpetrators that he is looking at. He can keep adding notes to the branches that he has already created in a well organized manner, which is highly required by someone like Sherlock Holmes who tends to get distracted easily and voila! In no time- mystery solved!

In this manner, Holmes would be able to unearth a number of mysteries and with less amount of hassle and pain. Now that you too have understood the amazing uses and advantages of mind mapping, do make a use of this wonderful creation of mankind to solve your own mysteries and to ideate over topics at school, college, office and at meetings. Take this to another level by presenting your mind map as presentations and also make use of mind mapping in schools to teach certain difficult topics with ease!

 

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5 Ways to Use Mind Maps for Eye-Catching Blog Content

5 Ways to Use Mind Maps for Eye-Catching Blog Content

5 Ways to Use Mind Maps for Eye-Catching Blog Content

Today when the world is moving at a pace that would have been unimaginable a few years back, the relevance of visual content has increased tremendously. It does make our work easier, doesn’t it? One is saved the time and effort of looking into thick literature spanning disciplines. It is in this context that mind maps gain relevance. They process complex information into easily accessible and comprehensible content. Not just this but the visual content is also more effective in catching the attention of the audience.

Must Read: Mind Maps – Writer’s Best Friend

Mind maps just help you in translating your thoughts in a pictorial form, more on the lines of hierarchical diagrams, for visual representation. The success of the mind maps lie in the fact that they help in forming associations. Here are five ways of using mind maps more effectively for your blog posts:

  1. Let’s get Quote-y: Quotes always seem to work. If you are creating or writing about stuff that interests the audience, make sure to add certain quotes. Where does mind map come in? You could create the collection of quotes into something art-y by copying and pasting on a mind map. You could even add an image of the person whose quote you have taken. This makes your blog more readable and definitely more creative.
  2. Image for central idea: It is a good idea to use an image for the centre. This not only leaves room for you to unleash in your creativity but also makes your idea more comprehensible for the reader.
  3. Color it: Using a dash of color never did any harm. Make the blog more colorful and vibrant by an intelligent mix and use of colors. Of course, this doesn’t mean creating a rainbow every time but definitely some interplay is attractive to the brain. Color is remnant of energy and everyone likes that!
  4. Curvy lines: Some curves are better than straight lines. This definitely holds true for the mind maps. Make sure your mind map is curvy at places because having straight lines throughout will make it a tad bit boring. You definitely wouldn’t want that, would you?
  5. Don’t cram content: Use a single keyword per line as it gives out a more powerful image. It also creates a greater impact on the brain. Having too much content takes away the overall appeal. Also, make sure to integrate the keyword with some image. It improves the overall aesthetics of the mind map.

There is no single way of using mind map and it totally depends on your creativity and your aim. None of the above suggested ways are set in stone but they would certainly help you pan out the mind map in a more interactive way. A very good idea would be to keep experimenting. You never know what it would lead to. Having said that, we also feel that connectivity between subsequent images or branches always work and are received well.

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Mind Mapping for Project Work

Download: Mind Mapping for Project Work PDF

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Mind Mapping Software – Must Have for Effective Team Collaboration

Mind Mapping Software – Must Have for Effective Team Collaboration

Mind Mapping Software – Must Have for Effective Team Collaboration

Working together can be quite a task because people from different backgrounds, having diverse thought processes and ideologies put their heads together to work towards one objective. In this case, a helping hand can work wonders to make team collaboration meaningful. Besides being an effective tool for activities such as brainstorming, planning and execution of an idea, mind mapping is now being used by several organizations as it is adding value to working as a team. The real power of every idea and concept lies in its presentation. The representation of an idea aids in exploring, scrutinizing and probing into it in detail for building the idea further and executing it. In most cases, working as a team can get a little tricky; especially in the stages of planning. To promote a functional team, mind mapping software like Mind Vector can be used for its simplified convenient approach towards team collaboration.

Must Read: 7 Ways to improve your Business with Free Mind mapping Software

Using Mind Vector for team collaboration can have several benefits. The non-linear representation of ideas, concepts, and tasks, with a framework that is built around a central idea gives the mind the ability to understand the idea directly by the team members and the structure gives way for any team member to add value to the content without disrupting the flow of the process. The visual structure of a mind map is illustrated in a way that is similar to the functioning of the brain; making the comprehension of a concept simpler to anyone.

Mind maps make the whole process from the conception of an idea to its implementation a fun and interesting ride. It gives the brain an image to work on. This helps represent ideas with clarity. The graphical representation helps in distinguishing your ideas and thoughts based on priorities and paves way for the creative process to build on and move in the path of execution as a team. The ability to vividly differentiate the various stages of a process in terms of planning helps in delegating responsibilities to the team members and take the process forward efficiently. The process adds value to organizing and exploring a concept and makes the process more interesting and less complicated to work as a team.

Mind mapping software, available on the internet, makes the tool more accessible to everyone. The free online collaboration software for mind mapping gives its user the chance to try the application before using or buying them. Though mind mapping can be as simple as doodling on a piece of paper, when it comes to extensive planning and involvement of a team, the software is available to everyone involved in a network to access information and add information, through creative and cognitive thinking.

Also Read: Brainstorm and Mind Map online with Best Mind Mapping Software

Mind Vector will also give you two mind maps as soon as you register with your email address and the yearly subscription allows the user to create unlimited maps and nodes, gives access to cloud storage as well as lets you import maps from Dropbox and iCloud. Mind mapping, although simple and easy, adds a whimsical value and benefit to the process of ideating, conceptualizing and presenting a thought as a team.

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