Published: August 02, 2021
Reading Time: 4 mins
Mind maps are a powerful tool for getting started with project planning, learning something new, or even making decisions.
They help you to overcome the hurdle of getting started in many ways:
They help you to pull thoughts and ideas out of your head and structure them in a way that makes sense to you.
It’s like Dumbledore pulling thoughts and memories out of his head and into the pensieve. He did this so he could examine them to understand different patterns and make connections.
The mind map in this analogy is the pensieve. When your thoughts and ideas are in this form, it becomes easier to understand them and you can make different connections.
As well as being useful for understanding your thoughts and ideas, mind maps are helpful when studying or learning new things.
By structuring content you want to learn into a mind map form, you’re harnessing both “parts” of your brain. These relate to the visual and the abstract aka the left + right brain.
It does this by leveraging the power of the hippocampus.
The hippocampus is a part of your brain that’s responsible for spatial awareness. It helps you to remember where things are in a space.
This means that when you create a mind map, you’ll find it easier to remember where a node or connection was on the page.
This is what makes mind maps a powerful tool for learning.
In an exam situation, for instance, you can recall the structure of a mind map to retrieve a specific piece of information. That will help to spark an idea in your head so you can answer the exam question.
You can use mind maps to express a wide range of things.
Here are some of the things I use them for:
Want to create a mind map for yourself?
Here are the steps for creating a mind map:
In this section, I want to share with you some practical examples of mind maps I’ve created.
The best example of my mind maps in action is with my book notes.
I take notes as I read books and once I’ve finished reading a book, I create a mind map based on everything I’ve learned.
Here is a recent example of a book notes mind map I created:
If you’d like to see more of these mind maps, I include them all in my Knowledge Vault of Digital Notes.
I hope you found some value in reading this article.
I would encourage you to give mind maps a try the next time you’re stuck on something.
As well as that, see how many different types of mind maps you can create.
Let me know over on Twitter how you get on with this, I’d love to know all the different ways mind maps can be used!
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