The Strategist

How to draw a perfect mind map

11/02/2018 - 09:18

Shortly, a mind map is a complex diagram that copies the tree structure of a neuron and is built on the basis of associations. At the same time, the mind mapping technique proved that it is not only a great way to keep records, but it is also an effective tool for thinking. The theory developed rapidly and found application in various fields, from stimulating creative thinking to improving memory and combating dementia.

A good mind map has three main components.

1. The central image conveying the topic (subject) of study.

So, if you need a mind map for planning a project, you can put an image of a stationery folder in the center. At the same time, you are not required to have special artistic skills.

2. Thick main branches extending from the central image.

These branches represent key topics related to the subject matter. Each of the branches should have its own color. In turn, the main branches are divided into “shoots” of the second and third levels, which are sub-themes.

3. The only keyword or image on each branch.

Now, follow the steps below to create a perfect mind map.

Step 1

Place a sheet of paper in front of you horizontally (as if you decide to draw a landscape). In the center, draw the subject you want to study using at least three different colors. If you do not want to draw anything special, draw a pen with ink or any other symbol. The central image stimulates imagination and will cause associations. If you need to place a word in the center, let it look three-dimensional and accompanied by an image.

Step 2

Choose a color and draw a thick branch that extends from the central image, like a branch from a tree trunk. Give branches a natural bend, as visually it is more attractive to the brain and will increase the likelihood of memorizing information on this branch. Color the branch. Its thickness symbolizes the importance of this association in the hierarchy of the mind map.

Step 3

Sign the branch in one word or capital letter. It can be anything related to the topic, from “Performance” to “Money” and so on. Instead of the word, you can draw a small sketch.

Step 4

Draw secondary branches extending from the main one. Then the branches of the third level, departing from the second. Each branch is signed with one word, or a symbol, or a combination of both. Each thought must have a separate branch. Take your time: leave a few branches empty, it stimulates the brain to figure out how to fill them.

Step 5

Choose a different color and draw the next main branch extending from the central image. (Many newbies find it easier to move around the central image clockwise, but you can act as you wish.) As before, draw branches of the second and third order and sign each one. Add a few more basic branches to end up with five or six.

Step 6

Now that you have a structure from the main branches, you can move freely across the entire intelligence map from branch to branch, fill in gaps and add new additional branches as associations arise.

Step 7

If desired, you can add arrows, connecting lines and links between the main branches to emphasize the relationship between them. Voila - you have created your first mind map!

Now, go ahead. You can continue to work and make references to the map whenever you need.

Having remembered the information presented on the map, you will instill it deep in your brain. Since creation of mind maps involves both hemispheres of the brain, this technique is multifunctional and applicable to all cognitive functions, including memory, creative thinking, learning, and all forms of thinking. This is one of the reasons why this technique is called the “Swiss Army Knife for the brain.”

Based on “Mind Map Mastery. The Complete Guide to Learning and Using the Most Powerful Thinking Tool in the Universe” by Tony Buzan

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