The MindMap concept was created by Tony Buzan, and invites a more creative and iterative process of capturing ideas. It is used in a wide variety of corporate settings from project planning, to goal setting, to writing. Individuals can create their own MindMaps and Teams can have their own as well.
MindMaps start out with putting a central hub and name for the topic you are looking at. Perhaps it’s 2018 Goals – see my handwritten example above, expanding on Program Ideas (see the other handwritten one for the upcoming Teams365 Leadership Lab) or maybe project planning for a new workshop (see my other computerized example).
First, write the topic you are goal setting or exploring. Extending out from the main hub are arms – almost like rays of the sun. Each arm houses ideas relating to a separate topic. These arms can also have offshoots as well.
There are a number of wonderful applications you can access and purchase through different app stores for different devices, including ones that I have used over the years – MindJet, and MindMeister.
There are a number of reasons I return to mindmapping, project after project:
- It’s a quick way to get ideas on paper
- It’s an easy way to start setting connections and themes
- It keeps initial ideas in one place
- It gets ideas out of your head
- It can be added onto at any time
If you use MindMaps let us know how and why. Do you use any particular apps that you would recommend? As always, feel free to comment below.
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