The seven steps to make a mind map

A Mind Map is ‘the whole-brain alternative to linear thinking. (It) reaches out in all directions and catches thoughts from any angle.’- Michael Michalko, Cracking Creativity

A Mind Map is the easiest way to put information into your brain and to take information out of your brain. It is a creative and effective means of note-taking that maps out your thoughts.

They can help you do almost anything and the great geniuses of the world like Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein used mind maps.

Minds maps work so well because the brain has a natural aptitude for visual recognition and is perfect at it. We are more likely to remember information when we use images to represent it.

They help you to learn, organize, and store as much information as you want, and to classify it in natural ways that give you easy and instant access(perfect memory) to whatever you want.

The seven steps to making a mind map are as follows:

1. Start in the CENTRE of a blank page turned sideways(i.e in landscape mode).(gives your brain freedom to spread out in all directions and to express itself more freely and naturally)

2. Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea.( an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your imagination)

3. Use COLOURS throughout.( because colours are exciting, adds extra vibrancy and life to your mind map)

4. CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second-and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc (because your brain works by association. It likes to link things together. If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily)

5. Make your branches CURVED and not straight-lined.(because having nothing but straight lines is boring to your brain)

6. Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE(because single key words give your mind map more power and flexibility)

7. Use IMAGES throughout.(because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words)

Millions of people use mind maps every day to help them. No matter what you do, mind maps can help you. So start using them today –  to plan, communicate, be more creative, save time, solve problems, concentrate, organise and clarify your thoughts, remember better, study faster and more efficiently, see the ‘whole picture’ and save trees!

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