As an entrepreneur (and a woman…), my brain works around the clock, always coming up with thing to do, try or develop.
Sometimes it can get too much and I have to see the big picture visually in front of me, so I can relax and think clearly. Otherwise I can get into overwhelm mode and freeze.
That is why I love mind mapping so much. It helps me organize my thought in a visual and simple way. It is a graphic representation of your thoughts, ideas or concepts.
Why is that different from creating a regular TODO list?
When creating a mind map, you can jump from one topic to another just because your mind jumped associatively. But in the end, everything is still organized and clear.
Also, the visual and creative element of mind mapping with the analytical part of it; helps you use all parts of your brain and make the most of the thinking process.
I love to use mind mapping on big projects and also in everyday life.
Sometimes even my TODO list goes on a map (I’ll show you in a minute).
Through mind mapping you can think more clearly, plan or organize your day/week/month, remember the big picture, come up with new ideas, answers to a problem and much more.
How to do a mind map?
There are all kinds of softwares out there for mind mapping, but today I want to talk about the fun, creative old fashion way – on paper.
This is how you do it in 3 simple steps:
Take a new piece of paper and use it horizontally. Center the main topic you want to build your map around. This time I want to “download” my TODO list from my brain to my map.
Branch the subtopics from the center idea. Try to use different colors to separate your topic visually and use one word if possible to describe what you mean. You don’t have to write everything down, just enough so you’ll remember.
Keep going and branch every subtopic. Don’t be afraid to jump from one place to another. That’s the idea! Use colors, drawings, symbols and sizes us mach as you like. Your brain will remember it better.
How to get out of “TODO list’ overwhelm?
Sometimes, when I feel my mind is full, I’m nerves; stress out and can’t think clearly, I just take a piece of paper and let it all out. If I want to do it fast, I don’t even use colors – I just “puke” it on paper so it won’t be in my head. Download your thoughts on paper. Believe me – it helps! (tweet that!)
After that I can do a tidy version of it if I’d like to.
Just to summarize everything (and because it’s so cute!) I had to share this mind map from litemind.com with you – a mind map of mind mapping (:
Now your turn!
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