7 simple and powerful ways to create mind maps

Mind, or “thinking”, maps can be a waste of time if done incorrectly. In this article, you will learn seen simple and powerful ways that can help you get the most out of every mental mapping session you do in the future!

I have previously made a video on what a mind map is, which you can find down below.

I’ll summarise it here quickly: simply put, it is a visual representation of information done in an organised and creative way, that helps facilitate faster and more critical thinking.

Before I begin, you need to be aware of the goal you are trying to achieve through mind maps.

The goal is for you to get the main concepts of a large amount of work down in your mind map in an accessible and visual way so you can quickly review key concepts and deepen your knowledge.

Here’s another way of thinking about mind maps. Imagine the scenario:

  1. You want to put a painting up upon one of your walls at home.
  2. You got to the hardware store and buy a drill.
  3. You go home and drill a hole. And
  4. You place your new painting above the mantlepiece.

You don’t fall in love with the drill and spend all your time with the drill. The drill is the TOOL – and so is the mind map.

The goal is for your mind mapping session is to help organise critical information to make learning quicker and more effective. Not to spend hours crafting a beautiful Instagram worthy piece of art.

So, here are seven simple and powerful ways you can get the most out of every mind map you create in the future!

  1. Get a blank piece of paper.
  2. Draw the main concept, title, or overall idea in the centre of the page.
  3. Draw subheadings branching out from the central key theme in the form of arrows.
  4. Add keywords – just words right now–to represent key information. And finally–
  5. Add images from your imagination to boost your ability to remember these key ideas.
  6. Once you are finished, turn the paper upside down and see if you can remember what you created. The purpose is just to help you remember and understand what you are learning, which is the definition of productive learning.
  7. Vary between hand­written and digital mental maps to keep things creative. This will embed your ideas more effectively.

7.5 One final tip: I recommend storing your maps in an online storing mechanism such as Evernote (one of the world’s most popular note­taking apps). This is a safer way of storing your work.

What are some of your tips to help you with mental mapping? Leave your comments below!