mind mapping and brainstorming

Mind mapping is a great way to brainstorm, and if you’ve brainstormed successfully, you know how valuable the process is – especially for work productivity. Brainstorming using mind mapping software is actually very simple:

  1. Open up a new mindmap.
  2. Create and label the root “node”, or central idea, of the map.
  3. Brainstorm and start adding “child” map nodes, off the top of your head, which relate to the root node. As with regular brainstorming, don’t “edit” yourself just yet; let the ideas flow first.
  4. Keep adding ideas, and branch off into related topics if the urge strikes you.
  5. When you’re out of ideas, take a break. Repeat step 3 if you want to record more ideas.
  6. Now start reorganizing all the child nodes into clusters of related topics and sub-topics. Let the hierarchy reveal itself to you. (This process might take a few revisions until you’re happy with it.)
  7. Add extra info such as text/ node colors, dates, links to other resources/ web pages/ mind maps, embedded images, icons, notes, and whatever else is relevant.

The “brainstorming with mind maps” process might take a bit of getting used to, but it really is quite a natural process.

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