Find Time to Explore Your Heart and Mind with Mindmapping

What is mindmapping and why should you be interested in it?

Well, when you explore what you think and feel you simply know yourself better. It’s the best way I can think of to form a solid base for anything that you want to do.

And mindmapping is a tool with a long history. Recently Tony Buzan honed and popularized this tool. And it can be extremely useful in this process.

Maybe it’s in time management. Or maybe it’s in planning and following through on projects or academic pursuits. No matter what, your efficiency and effectiveness are greatly enhanced when you can see the terrain as clearly and comprehensively as possible.

And, as many have discovered, a picture is worth a thousand words!

So, what is a mind map?

Mindmapping is a method for creating a graphical representation of ideas or concepts.  Here’s how Wikipedia describes the process:

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing.

The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. Mind maps may also aid recall of existing memories.

Side-step your inner critic.

One of the things that I find particularly helpful about this tool is how non-judgmental it is. By encouraging a brainstorming approach, mindmapping short-circuits any tendencies to insert a critical or censuring voice into this process.

Mindmapping works best when it is exploratory, organic, and inclusive.  The things that we might be inclined to censure may actually be key elements in a new insight or discovery. So, you might be ignoring an opening to even deeper learning!

Arjen ter Hoeve explores mindmapping on his website Mindmaps Unleashed, and in his articles at EzineArticles.com. He offers insights, inspiration, and practical tips about this time tool. He particularly focuses on time management, goal-setting, productivity, and, as a solid base for all of this, self-knowledge.

Mindmapping and your values.

Personally, I find mindmapping to be an excellent tool for values clarification. I also use it to jump-start my creativity. And going further, I utilize mindmapping to enhance thorough and practical planning. Overall, it helps me manage my time more effectively.

I prefer the free-flowing, pen-and-paper approach when mind-mapping. However, there are lots of on-line tools available for this activity, as well, including Google Docs!

Have you used mindmapping yourself?  Is it something you would like to explore?  I’d love to hear your experiences with it.  What do YOU think? 

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