What is a Mind Map?
A mind map is a diagram that visually organizes information, connecting ideas around a central subject. It resembles a tree with many branches, and is sometimes referred to as a “spider diagram”.
Mind maps are hierarchical and show relationships among pieces of the whole. They are most often created around a single concept or one main idea, drawn as an image in the center of the page. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.
Feeling stuck? Map it out!
Building new habits can be challenging and there are many strategies for how to do it. One systematic approach that works well for many people is using mind maps. With mind maps, you can visualize different habit components and see how you will work on each part, being thoughtful and specific about what needs to happen, when. When you can visualize all the cues, rewards, routines, and plans that go into a habit, you will better understand how to achieve the end result.
What Else is Mind Mapping Used For?
Mind maps are often used for thinking or learning tasks, such as studying a subject or building healthy habits. You can use a mindmap to solve problems, set goals and more. Mind mapping can also be useful for note-taking; you can sort the ideas in a way that makes the most sense to you, rather than in a linear form.
Mind maps also work well for organizing your life; you can take existing information and reorganize it with a mindmap to explore new relationships between concepts and ideas. Mindmaps are an excellent tool for creating just about anything!
Using Mind Maps at Work
Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Mind maps can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively.
Work teams use mind maps for group brainstorming and interactive presentations. They are a great tool for creating project ideas or solutions, and are are an effective way for individuals and teams to get “un-stuck”, explore new ideas and create solutions.
Want to Learn More about Mind Mapping?
During the month of November, the theme of our “It’s About Time” virtual productivity program is Mind Mapping. Register today to join our webinar on Tuesday, November 6th. We’ll discuss the technique of mind mapping to get unstuck, push through procrastination, brainstorm, problem solve or plan a project more productively.