One thing I always make sure I do is take lots of notes. You just can’t beat a good old fashioned pad of paper and a pen. I take it a step further though. I mind map everything I do. I’m a freak for it. Today’s video is just a look at a couple of examples of my mind maps and the way I go about them.
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The Art Of Mind Mapping
There’s been a lot of talk here and there about mind mapping recently, and I just wanted to give you my take on it, and how I benefit from using them.
I’ve been a mind mapper from way back. I started when I was at university about 12 or so years ago. I was a doodler back then. I’d scribble little drawings everywhere. In lectures I got bored out of my mind (when I didn’t skip off down to the pub instead) and I’d just start drawing. The scribbles evolved to include some words here and there, and eventually grew into an effective way for me to take notes that was an organic process, and also stored little snippets of information in a way my brain could easily digest at a later date.
This has been great for me as I’m not a guy who can take copius amounts of notes at seminars and the like. I’m a fairly slow writer, so the concept of single words or phrases that link together to form a picture was like a godsend. I’ve now graduated into the mind mapping arena of using software with my mindmaps, but never in the initial creation stage. I always brain storm on paper first, make changes here and there, and then when I feel I have a good working copy I transfer to details into the software of my choice.
Software choices these days for mindmapping are excellent. There’s NovaMind , Inspiration , Mind Manager , and Tony Buzan’s iMindMap for starters. The idea has really taken off now. and for good reason. But keep in mind that there’s no one proper way to mindmap. Everyone has a method that will suit them more than others.
My method isn’t quite the same as most methods, so I’ve had to find software that would bend to my will. I usually start of with a simple black ink drawing, and as they become a finished product I color code them with highlighters to make them easier to follow. I also fatten the links at one end so the flow of each map is obvious too. Most of my software based mindmaps are a combining of a few of the color coded ones (one recently had 10 maps in it) that blend together to create a larger beast that suits the complexities of the software.