How To Draw A Mind Map – 6 Simple Steps
Before I get into how to draw a mind map, let me first talk about why mind mapping is so powerful and how it can help you build and grow your online business.
And then I’ll go through the 6 steps of creating a mind map and I also have a great free tool for creating main maps online at the end of this post.
Ok let’s get to it.
What is Mind Mapping?
Think of a mind map as the ultimate organizational tool you can have for your brain. It is one of the most efficient and easiest ways of putting and taking information in and out of your brain.
Mind maps allow you to organize information, facts, ideas and thoughts in a visual way. And by mind mapping you’re doing things in the way your brain naturally works and that’s with pictures.
And by using pictures your brain is engaged right from the get-go.
Another huge advantage of mind maps is that you can see large amounts of data or information all in one place.
And because you can see all this informaiton in one place this promotes problem solving and allowing you to see new creative ways of solving that problem that you probably wouldn’t see without having a mind map.
Using mind maps will help you be more creative, save time, problem solve, reach goals, remember better, study faster, be more efficient, see the big picture, concentrate, communicate better and plan better.
6 Things A Mind Map Does
According to Michael Michalko in his bestselling book Cracking Creativity the Secrets of Creative Genius a mind map does these 6 things:
- Activates your whole brain
- Clears your mind of mental clutter
- Allows you to focus on the subject
- Helps demonstrate connections between isolated pieces of information
- It gives a clear picture of both the details and the big picture – Allows you to group and regroup concepts, encouraging comparisons between them
- It requires you to concentrate on your project, which helps get the information about it transferred from your short-term memory to your long-term memory
Our brain works best with imagery because its natural aptitude is for visual recognition and mind maps make your thoughts visible. Think about it when you recall something you’re not recalling text you’re recalling an image.
You know all those memory training programs? They all are based on imagery. You associate what you want to remember to an image.
Using mind maps is much more stimulating then conventional note taking which tends to be very linear and monochromatic, and the use of a mind map makes it extremely easy to recall information.
So I want you to think about a mind map as a huge storage and retrieval system for the massive library of information that exists in your brain.
The best comparison of a mind map would be a map of a city. The center of your mind map would be the downtown core of the city, and this is where the main idea for your mind map would be.
Think of the main streets leading from the downtown core represent the main thoughts of your thinking process.
And the side roads from those mains streets, think of those as your secondary thoughts, and so, and so on. And you know how on city maps they have images or shapes for places of special interest, such as a cross for a church or a big H for a hospital?
On a mind map these images or shapes represent a particularly interesting idea.
Here is a sample of what a mind map could look like:
6 Steps For Drawing A Mind Map
I have a 4 x 8 white board in my office that I use. But I know not everyone has that so grab a piece of paper. Now take a piece of paper if it is a standard size of 8 x 11 size just turn it on its side this way you have more room.
In the center of the page or on a white board like I use draw a picture or even cut out a picture of your main or central idea. This is your starting point.
And you want to use pictures throughout your mind map. The use of a picture is more interesting and stimulating to your brain and will keep your brain engaged. And that’s because your brain uses pictures for memory and all other functions.
Plus, you’ve probably heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Well if you’ve used 25 pictures in your mind map you’re really use 25,000 words.
Use color and use it everywhere. You want to use color because it’s exciting, it adds life to your mind map, plus it’s as exciting to your brain as pictures are, and we want your brain to be excited.
Start connecting your main branches to your central image, and then your second and third level branches to the first and second levels and so on and so on. Why do this? It’s called association, and this is how your brain works. It likes to link things together.
You’re also creating an architecture for your thoughts. Just think of your mind map as a tree, which has its trunk and all the connecting branches radiate from the trunk.
If these were not connected the tree would not exists. Just like your mind map if things are not connected everything would fall apart.
Do not use straight lines use curves. Straight lines are boring to the brain, curved lines are more attractive and are more exciting to the eye. Think about it have you ever seen a tree that has just straight branches?
Only use one keyword per line. Why? A single keyword is more powerful and has more flexibility.
By using single keywords you’re better able to spark new ideas and new thoughts. Using a full sentence tends to diminish this trigger effect that single keywords have.
My Final Thoughts
I’m a mind mapping maniac. Everything from my content creation to the building of my affiliate marketing business which has now grown into a $10,000 plus monthly income. It all started with a mind map.
In fact everything starts with a mind map. I know if it wasn’t for the use of mind mapping I would have not discovered many of the ideas that have helped me in my life and in my buisness.
All I can say is start mind mapping everything – you’ll see your productivity and creativeness explode!! I guarantee it!
And here’s that free online mapping tool I mentioned at the beginning of this post: Bubbl.us
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And as always anytime you need a hand you can Email Me.
I believe in you!