Mind Mapping Tips for Beginners

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Mind mapping can be a very effective and efficient tool to improve productivity and avoid missing out details in a brainstorming session, or a project that you need to work on and oversee. Whether you’re a student who needs a clear outline of a term paper for school, or an overwhelmed group leader who needs to organise your members’ tasks and progress, mind maps ensure a concise and comprehensive visualisation of what needs to be done, who needs to do it, when it needs to be done, and how.

Don’t hesitate to add as many branches as needed.

Mind Maps are designed to identify a central idea and branch out into its subcategories and concepts in a radial fashion. That way, you stay focused on what you’re goals are, and you have a visual diagram of which detail is more important and urgent, all in a hierarchy.

For example: You are working on a narrative, and your main concept is one family’s story—your main idea. You will then get that concept and divide it into the individual relationships of each and every single member of that family (the mother, father, the children, extended members)–your first level of subcategories and subtopics. As we all know, every family has a different story, and a multitude of other stories within those stories that are surely tragic, funny, romantic, or even historical. Once you focus on each family member, you’ll find that you cannot limit the number and ways that you branch out the subtopics.

Once you finish your mind map, you’ll see that all branches have different depths—some may be simple and would require less subtopics, and some would surprise you about how deep you can go into their drama. Nevertheless, the information that you put in are organised in a hierarchy—you will never miss a detail in each and every subcategory, and you won’t get overwhelmed by the plethora of data, no matter how intricate your storyline becomes—it’s a visual summary of your narrative!

Represent your subtopics or ideas—and be creative with it!

One of the most fun mind mapping tips: Get creative! Making mind maps take advantage of our brain’s cortical skills—how we process numbers, words, images, patterns, rhythms, among other things. The radial, non-linear design lets us retain information better via the visual cues that we ourselves make.

So why not maximise the visual potential of mind mapping? Whatever your main idea or topic, no matter how detailed and branched out it ends up being, you can use different colours for the lines, utilise clip arts, photos, or drawings to represent each subtopic, and using different sizes of shapes to emphasise each and every one of them. Remember, these images and colours ‘stamp’ the information in your brain and provides ‘clues’ so you can recall them with ease.

Finding a great mind mapping software

One way to increase productivity, especially at work, is to get a great mind mapping software that works in harmony with your existing systems and programs. One great mind mapping software is MindGenius, a simple, yet powerful business tool that not only utilises all the features and functions of mind mapping, but also generates reports, tracks down progress in any task or ongoing project, and allows users to do real-time data entry and manipulation to make updating information easier, and avoid redundancy and repetition of work.

Sounds simple? That’s because mind mapping is supposed to be! Once you learn to maximise the use of mind maps and tap into how fun and productive it can be, you’ll see better results, less mistakes, and more amazing output.

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Colin Cooper is the CEO of Boost Your Business, the leader in marketing and business development for both large and small scale businesses. As one of the most innovative marketing specialists for over a decade, Colin and his team of business and online experts collate their years of know-how and experiences with the Boost Your Business: Body Armour for Business, an online magazine created to provide a holistic resource avenue for everything business, health, and wellness.