What is Mind Mapping?
How can Mind Mapping Help Me Live a Better Life?
- how certain things in your life effect other things,
- why certain thought patterns may arise,
- what to do to short-circuit thought patterns,
- how to memorize different associations between thoughts
- how to anticipate thoughts before they arise by understanding how your brain works.
- realizing different methods of achieving short-term goals,
- laying out the direct and indirect benefits of performing certain tasks,
- visualizing the interconnections of many thoughts and ideas,
- creating representative imagery that will be easy to associate with later,
- realizing how you can accomplish multiple goals with one activity or at least how you can combine short-term goals.
Why is Mind Mapping so Effective?
How to Create a Mind Map
Expanding the Map
Examples of Mind Mapping for a Better Life
Vacation Mind Map
House Work Mind Map
Shopping Mind Map
Health Mind Map
Work-Life Balance Mind Map
Problem Statement Mind Map
My “Vacation” Mind-Map ExampleAbove is an example of a mind map that I created the other day when sitting at the lake. I didn't have a large peice of paper or colored pencils so it's not as extravagant as it could be, but it gets the job done. If you read through it, starting with "Vacation" in the middle, you can see that I've used "Play" "Accomplish" and "Explore" as some of my subcategories. If I were to re-draw it, I would probably lump "Beach" and "Sun" into one "Relax" subcategory.
As I drew the map, the evolution surprised me more than once, in that the ends of the branches linked up to one another, creating a "bridge" of sorts between two subcategories. It was interesting to look at these "bridging" elements from both different perspectives. For example, the branch: "Accomplish > Housework > Improve > Landscaping" leads to the same place as "Sun(Relax) > Outside > Landscaping". This tells me a few things...
- First, it means I must enjoy landscaping.
- Second, if I find myself landscaping, I can be aware of the fact that I am both, accomplishing housework, as well as relaxing.
- Also, if it is Saturday afternoon and I know I should be doing housework, but I'd really rather be relaxing, this is something I could consider doing in order to cover both bases.
- "Play > Kung-Fu > Practice > Workout > Dynamic > Games" and "Sun(Relax) > Frisbee"
- "Explore" and "Sun(Relax) > Outside"
- "Explore > Nature > Swimming / Kayaking" and "Play > Kung-Fu > Practice > Workout > Dynamic > Swim/Kayak"