Mind Mapping, Who Me?

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Mind mapping, who me?  That was my reply to my fabulous massage therapist today – she is a holistic practitioner and a healer and so much more.  She suggested I try it and I did not have the heart to say I had tried it before.

On the drive home I thought hard about my last trip down the highway of mind mapping and I just remember I gave up.  I have an “oh look a squirrel” brain so when I tried it I felt I would need a white board bigger than my house.

Mind mapping requires you to make a diagram to visually organize information.  I visualize squirrels.  It did not work well for me.

 

All day every day I am distracted by squirrels.

All day every day I am distracted by squirrels.

My fabulous massage therapist told me to Google Tony Buzan and follow his directions – she swears I can do it.

This is what Buzan says to do and he left out paper or a white board:

  1. Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.
  2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
  3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
  4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
  5. The lines should be connected starting from the central image.  The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the center.
  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
  7. Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping.
  8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
  10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.

I keep seeing squirrels so I dug deeper and came up with this great link:

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-use-mind-maps-to-unleash-your-brains-creativity-1348869811

I will try it – I feel it might give me some clarity with some issues I need to put to rest.  Coming from “BIG PHARMA” sales though I know all about giving fair balance.  I looked for opinions that were not favorable to doing a mindmap.  I did not exactly find a big “Don’t Mind Map” article, I did find this:

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/5-reasons-stop-mind-mapping-immediately.html

This article doesn’t say to not mindmap, it says when to stop.
I do intend to study it more because in business I think mindmapping can definitively set all of us on the right path if do it as Buzan suggests.  Being married to an anal engineer I am going to have him do one right along side me – love will keep us together.

Have you ever done a mind map?

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