Mind Maps for Plotting Your Direction and Planning Your Future

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Mind maps help you see.

What are mind maps and why would you be interested in them?

Well, when you explore what you think and feel you simply know yourself better. It helps you form a solid base for anything you want to do. 

Mind maps offer powerful help with this task. Mind maps have a long history and Tony Buzan is one expert who has honed and popularized this tool.

How do mind maps help?

Well, maybe it’s in time management.

Or maybe it’s in planning and following through on projects or academic pursuits.

The bottom line is that no matter what, your efficiency and effectiveness are going to be enhanced. When you can see the terrain as clearly and comprehensively as possible your planning is just easier. 

It’s like they say: A picture is worth a thousand words.

So, what are mind maps? 

Mind mapping 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. Creating mind maps involves brainstorming. And that short-circuits any tendencies to insert a critical or censuring voice into this process. 

Mind mapping 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 mind maps on his website Mind Maps 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 mind mapping to be an excellent tool for values clarification. I also use it to jump-start my creativity. And going further, I utilize mind mapping 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 online tools available for this activity, as well, including Google Docs.

How will you use mind mapping to clarify and plan?  What one step will you take today?

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Are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities even are?

Well, a time tool that I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life.

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you to follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your direction with “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life.

Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.


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