What is Mind Mapping?
The mind mapping process is a very helpful tool for any person in their day-to-day life. It can be used to create an easy visual of your thoughts, plan out the perfect vacation destination and save time while doing it!
These maps are great for anybody looking to get organized but also have fun with what they’re doing.
Mind Mapping: History
Mind mapping has been around since 1943 when Tony Buzan invented this idea after noticing how his wife’s brain was wired differently than others he studied at the University College London Hospital’s neurology department.
This exercise helped her become more focused on certain tasks which were important that week such as making dinner or going grocery shopping rather than getting too overwhelmed by all she needed to do each day.
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According to research by Edward de Bono, the brain can only hold about seven pieces of information in a short term memory.
Mind mapping is an exercise worth mastering because it dictates how efficiently we are able to process our thoughts and ideas into one concept or idea.
The most well known example that I’m sure all readers will be familiar with comes from software development: map out your entire plan before you start any work on anything else!
A mind map involves writing down a central theme and thinking of new and related ideas which radiate out from the center.
By focusing on key ideas written down in your own words and looking for connections between them, you can map knowledge in a way that will help you to better understand and retain information.
Clear Away The Confusion & FOCUS
Imagine a map with roads going in all different directions. Imagine the person who has to get from point A to B, and that they have no idea what route is the fastest or most efficient for them because of how much data there is on this map – it’s like trying to find your way through NYC without knowing where you’re starting out at.
Mind mapping can be an effective tool when faced with these maps so large and complex; by simplifying things into graphical form, we are able to navigate our way quickly but efficiently through those tangled webs of information.
Creating Your First Mind Map
As you can see, Mind Meister does a wonderful job outlining the how-to elements of their tool. No learning curve at all. Simply follow their brief tutorial, and you’re off!
Multiple packages are available, and their FREE membership is perfect for getting familiar with the power you will now wield.
Do you have experience with any mind mapping or similar tool? We would love to hear about it in the comments below. Be sure to stay tuned for more tools on Tool Tuesday!