I create mindmaps practically every day, both for work (I typically write 5-10 blog posts a week) and for my personal life.
Watch the video below to see how easily I create a mindmap to write a blog post and turn it into an instant outline. I also demonstrate how to use a mindmap for project planning. Yes, you'll take a peek into an actual mindmap for a product launch 😉
A mindmap is a visual diagram. While people have been creating cognitive maps and visual webs for many years, it was Tony Buzan who coined the term “mind map” and taught people how to use it to improve learning and memory.
Mindmaps are used for different things, from learning to problem solving. I use it most to create content and plan projects.
Some guidelines to remember when creating your mindmaps:
The best way to mindmap is by hand. That way, you can draw small images and add lines to show relationships between ideas. Moreover, the writing action of your hand helps embed the concepts into your brain.
However, if you'd like to use mindmapping software, like I do in the video, two I've used are:
Both are available in free versions, with features that are robust enough for me. If you're looking for even more features, there are plenty of paid mindmapping software available.
Are you also a mindmapper? Feel free to show us your mindmaps by linking to them in the comments below.
Or do you have other mindmapping tips I haven't covered? Please do share them!
Or do you have any questions about mindmapping? Then post them in the comments below and I'll do my best to respond right away.
Lexi Rodrigo is a communication and marketing professional for multimillion-dollar businesses, co-author of Blog Post Ideas: 21 Proven Ways to Create Compelling Content and Kiss Writer's Block Goodbye, and host of "Marketing Insights LIVE!." Connect with Lexi on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
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