How to creatively solve any problems using mind mapping?
Mindmapping, or as it is also called, mind-management is an uncomplicated technique of graphical representation of information, recording your own thinking, which is depicted on paper in a form resembling a tree diagram. Connections that are created in the process of mind mapping are called a thought map (it is the same mind map, an intelligence map, a mental map). And how to develop memory and attention using mind mapping and is it possible at all?
What is the essence of mind mapping?
Mindmapping as a technique appeared in the last century thanks to Tony Buzan, a British psychologist who studied the records of ancient thinkers and great minds of the Renaissance. His research showed that they all used the association method in their notes and used all the power of imagination, creating their own illustrations, which made their thoughts lively, interesting,not like boring notes and diary entries. So Buzan came to the conclusion about the exceptional importance of drawings and associations in the design and transfer of thoughts.
Remember school lessons - since that time we have become accustomed to the linear presentation of information, which we sometimes diluted with charts, tablets and lists. But habitual does not mean effective: even then we were confused in our own records and had difficulties trying to disassemble and simplify them.
This is because the information presented in a linear fashion looks too monotonous, the elements in it repeat and merge, it becomes very difficult to isolate the main idea. To carefully read such a summary, you need to spend a lot of time, which does not mean that the information will be properly understood.
But our ideas do not develop linearly. Therefore, mind mapping is built differently: it is based on the so-called radiant thinking, in which the left and right hemispheres are simultaneously involved in the work of the brain. This concept was introduced by Tony Buzan. With this type of thinking, thoughts, like branches on a tree, diverge from their cores - from the center to the periphery, from the central idea to the associative one.
How can mindmapping help?
The main task of mind mapping is to structure any information, idea and task, making it simple and understandable. Intellect card is ideal if you need to brainstorm, solve professional problems or personal problems, plan time and goals for a long or short term.
Everything else, mindmapping is an excellent accumulator of ideas, and therefore helps to find inspiration for people of creative professions: writers, screenwriters, musicians, photographers, bloggers, etc.
Mind management as an effective tool for solving business problems is actively used in the business field. For an example of how to use mind mapping in business, see this video:
And especially the mental map helps students, in particular, university students, because it is an excellent way of structuring and simplifying even large amounts of information. Mindmapping allows you to make your own notes or memorize already ready, take notes, plan essays, coursework and dissertations, create presentations, quickly learn tickets and prepare for exams.
How to create a mind map
Now we will take a closer look at how mind mapping happens and present a universal instruction for creating a thought map for any purpose. We have already figured out that we need to fix on paper the main idea and lead from it a number of associative. How is all this to issue? So:
- Intellect card is created on a white sheet of paper. The size of the paper depends on how extensive your card of thoughts will be, but in any case, start with a sheet of at least A4. The paper should be clean, unlined, so as not to limit the natural flow of your thoughts. You need to draw a map, all branches, arrows and illustrations in different colors, so stock up with a set of colored pencils or markers.
- The sheet of paper should lie horizontally, as the card expands in width, not in height. Due to this, the creator of the mental map has more space for new branches, they do not have to be torn and transferred.
- Any thought map starts from the center of the leaf and expands according to the principle of movement from the center to the periphery. Therefore, first of all, you need to create this center, the core of the map, its central image, reflecting your main idea, the goal you need to accomplish, or the task you need to solve.They can be "Smoking Cessation", "Plans for the school year", "Creating a personal blog", "Planning a family budget", etc.
- Make the size of the central pattern large enough, about 5x5 cm for A4 paper - for larger sheets, increase the size proportionally.
- Draw the first branches that diverge from the central image - associative ideas. These are usually words accompanied by small drawings. They should reveal the idea of a central image. If your card, for example, is devoted to building plans for the future, your first associative thoughts can be “Long-term goals”, “Short-term goals” or goals relating to different areas of life - “Financial position”, “Relations”, etc.
- The words of the first branches should be clearly, clearly, concisely. These are the main ideas by which the map is organized - they bring together all its components. When writing them, it is better to use only capital letters so that they are easily distinguished and remembered. Each branch depict a new color.
- These words-thoughts should be placed directly on the branches, having the form of curved and thick lines, the length of which does not significantly exceed the length of the words themselves.These lines should look organic, being attached to the central pattern as branches.
- After working on the first level of associative thoughts, start drawing the second. The ideas that you post here will be a continuation of the main ideas, their logical development. For example, developing a map of plans for the future, for long-term goals can be attributed to "Career", "Family", and to short-term goals to set goals for the week, day, month. The lines on which you depict these thoughts should be more subtle, and the font of words a little smaller.
- By the same principle, add the third level of the map, then by necessity the fourth, fifth, and so on. The further the level is from the center, the more concrete the ideas will be. Do not forget to accompany at least some of your ideas with drawings.
- You do not need to completely finish one branch to switch to another. Mindmapping is designed to give free rein to your thoughts, not limiting them to one topic, so if you come up with new ideas, write them down in the order in which you are comfortable.
And such a mental map can help build plans and define the main goals for the year.An example of how to do this, see below:
Mind mapping services
Creative personalities will most likely prefer to practice mind mapping using paper and pencils, but more and more people are starting to create mind maps online on websites or using special applications for smartphones and tablets. This method has its advantages: making corrections, swapping the branches of the map, removing the excess is much easier in digital form, which cannot be said about the drawings on paper.
The most popular free mapping mapping resources are Coggle.it, Mind42.com and Xmind from Xmind.net. MindNode, Mapul and MindMeister tools are also actively used, but their use is not free.