Mind maps? Sounds a bit puzzling. How often do you happen to make a note of something and then forget or lose a piece of paper with the notes on it? Or maybe you read your notes later and do not understand them at all?
The process of writing or noting involves only the left hemisphere of the brain. Notes are usually long, visually monotonous, difficult to remember for the brain. When we read them, we often catch ourselves thinking about something else. This is all because you set your brain to a very monotonous, tedious work.
What do you say to start using the full power of your brain?
Turn on your right hemisphere
The right hemisphere is responsible for spatial orientation, colors, organization. And this is just what mind maps are – colorful, well-organized diagrams. Thanks to mind maps, you will increase your efficiency using the whole brain. It is a technique developed in 1970 by Buzan brothers.
Tony Buzan about mind mapping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlabrWv25qQ
Let’s make a mind map
In the middle of a blank piece of paper write down the main topic of the very map. It is vital that it is placed in the center of the paper and is additionally highlighted. If instead of writing the word, you use a drawing, especially a colorful and funny one, you will additionally involve emotions resulting in a better concentration and memory. Draw a line from the main topic and write down the name of subtopic on it. Draw another lines stemming from it and label them as subtopics of this topic. Continue until you run out of individual key words.
Look at the mind map as at a tree (can be a directory tree :). Trunk is the main topic, branches are subtopics. The further away from the trunk, the more detailed information is presented. The last elements – leaves, are the most detailed words.
The rules for creating mind maps
Write in capital letters, maps will be more legible. Use colors. A separate color for each subtopic. This will not only improve the legibility of the map, but will also stimulate the right hemisphere. Do not be afraid of drawings. One drawing is frequently more than one word.
Mind maps and productivity
Thanks to the involvement of a large part of the brain, mind maps increase our productivity by an average of 25%. It’s a great way to manage projects or create to-do lists. Through the visualization of ideas and connections in the form of mind maps, one can better conduct project meetings and listeners find it easier to follow the thoughts of the speaker.
Here are the websites where you can download free software to create your own mind maps: