Dealing with overwhelm / How to organize your thoughts

  • Adi Maor Siso
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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.

 

How to organize your todo list a with mindmap

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.

 

How to organize your todo list a with mindmap

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 organize your todo list a with mindmap

 

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 (:

Example for mind mapping

 

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13 Comments
  1. Marsha from YesYesMarsha.com
    October 5, 2013 Reply

    Ooh, I’ve never tried mind-mapping before.
    I always thought of it as being something that didn’t apply to me, but I always have TONS flying around my head, so I want to try this for sure! Thanks Adi.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      October 10, 2013 Reply

      Yes! I’m so happy you said that, Marsha!
      If things are flying around, mind mapping will help you for sure. Even creating a small and simple map.
      Give it a try and come back to share your insights!
      I would love to hear them (:
      xo,
      Adi

  2. Leah
    October 8, 2013 Reply

    Hey Adi- I haven’t tried it but have read about it a lot recently and can definitely see the potential benefits.
    Thanks for the set by step because as obvious as it seems, I never quite realized what I was supposed to do :)

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      October 10, 2013 Reply

      Glad I could help, Leah!
      Come back and tell me how was your first try!
      xo,
      Adi

  3. Silvia Bianco
    October 8, 2013 Reply

    Love this idea Adi.
    I used to do mind mapping in grad school when we’d have to write down our major business goals and then come up with strategies that lead there.
    I still incorporate that in a business plan but never thought of using this for a mind dump. I can definitely see how this could help ease all the overwhelm in my head and instead make pretty pictures.
    Thanks so much for this post.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      October 10, 2013 Reply

      Ooh… Silvia – I love “mind dumping” :-P
      That’s what keeping me sane with all the things I have to do.
      I also like to repurpose business tool, so I really appreciate you liked this one.
      Come back and tell me if you use it on your “todo” list.
      xo,
      Adi

  4. krista
    October 9, 2013 Reply

    And look at all of those fun colors! You had me when I saw all of your different colors of ink and pretty drawings (love the phone!) :)

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      October 10, 2013 Reply

      Colors make everything fun and pretty :-)
      I really tried to show how we can take this overload of thoughts that we have in our head and turn it into something that is nice to look at and fun to create!
      Did you ever try to do a mind map Krista?
      Love to hear you experience!
      xo,
      Adi

  5. Melissa Burkheimer
    October 10, 2013 Reply

    Love this idea – and your detailed instructions! xoxo

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      October 10, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Melissa!
      I tried to do that as cute and fun as possible :-)
      xo,
      Adi

  6. Court
    October 10, 2013 Reply

    I love this, Adi! This was the perfect tool for how I was feeling today, in the midst of many projects with fast approaching deadlines. Helped me so much! Thank you!

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      October 10, 2013 Reply

      Wow Court! I’m SO happy!! Thank YOU for sharing, and telling me that.
      You know, this makes it all worth it! To know that I can really help by sharing my ideas, thoughts and knowledge.
      Hope you’ll find my next posts helpful as much as this one :-P
      xo,
      Adi

  7. Desiree East
    October 10, 2013 Reply

    I love mind-mapping…especially with colored markers!! This is right up my alley. Adi, we are on the same wave-length…I just finished a post about busting through fear, and one of my favorite things to do is ‘puke’ words out on paper, too (I even used the exact same words)!! Great minds think alike ;-) Thanks for sharing this…love the photos!! xx

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