Mind mapping is a powerful and simple problem-solving technique developed by Tony Buzan in the 1960’s. Mind maps can be described as diagrams used to “map out” your ideas. It’s a creative and logical technique which allows your brain to quickly connect and analyze vast amounts of information. A key component of all mind maps is that they use one core concept from which the organizational structure radiates outwards. Much like a city map, a mind map consists of major highways (primary thoughts) which appear to radiate from the city center (main idea). It also involves smaller roads (secondary thoughts) which connect one idea to another.
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Mind maps are so effective because they incorporate the brain’s natural cortical skills of words, colours, numbers, symbols, logic, rhythm and spatial awareness into a single tool. Mind mapping can be used to improve any area of your life. There are seven things you will need to do in order to create your own mind map…
1. Start in the Middle of the Page
Starting in the middle of a blank piece of paper gives your brain the freedom to look at your main idea from all directions and visualize solutions spreading out and multiplying.
It helps keep your main idea foremost in your mind while simultaneously allowing you to explore other avenues which flow from it. In this way you never lose sight of your central idea.