I have a Mindmap for practically everything. Sometimes it is a mindmap I make and manage for a long period of time – like my personal scheduler. Other times it’s a quick throw away mindmap that helps me think through a difficult conversation.
What is a mindmap?
Here’s the official definition from our generations “Encyclopedia Brittanica” AKA Wikipedia:
The elements are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts and they are organized into groupings, branches, or areas. The uniform graphic formulation of the semantic structure of information on the method of gathering knowledge, may aid recall of existing memories.
Here is an example of a hand drawn mindmap:
And one that is generated with a computer:
All the way back to Junior High School, my class notes looked like a mindmap. There’s just something about this format with multiple colors and lots of arrows and boxes that helps me really process information more quickly, not dwindle on decisions and be most productive and effective.
Here’s just a short list of how I’ve used Mindmaps recently:
- My personal organizer mindmap I use at least 3-4 times a day. It tracks my meetings appointments, goals, tasks, idea brainstorms, bible verse to memorize, personal journaling, notes from meetings, you name it. It is like command central for me.
- Brainstormed a website layout
- Organized my thoughts for writing an eBook
- Focused myself for a difficult conversation
- Created a meeting agenda
- Picked apart ideas for a marketing plan
- Took notes during a phone conference
- Put together a presentation outline before moving it into Powerpoint
Why I like Mindmaps:
- It’s fast and easy to add items. Mindmapping actually keeps up with the pace of the thoughts pouring through my brain!
- The levels, branches, legs make it easy to separate and differentiate ideas
- There is no wrong or right way to organize! You can start quick and get your thoughts out then very easily drag and drop to move your ideas around
Mindmapping allows you to be more efficient in organizing your thoughts. You can focus on the outcomes you are trying to achieve and not be distracted when your brain runs in another direction. I can spend 5 minutes mindmapping in preparation for a difficult conversation that will lead me to a better outcome in a shorter period of time.
My personal favorite Mindmap Software is by Mindjet. There are also a variety of free mindmapping applications but I do not use them so I can’t give a personal recommendation. But I do suggest you visit Mindjet’s website to understand the potential of how it can used.