If only there was a magic tool for organizing ideas, managing projects, memorizing information more quickly, and learning without feeling like you’re studying. Oh wait, there is! It’s called a mind map.
Want to know what it is, how to make one, and why it’s so useful? Read on!
What is a mind map?
A mind map is the graphic representation of one or several concepts in the form of a diagram that’s structured around a main idea. Each of these concepts is called a ‘node’.
Mind maps allow us to grasp the structure of the information and the relationship between the concepts at a glance. They are very useful for viewers, but above all, for their creators.
Creating mind maps enhances active learning, because in addition to providing an overview of your subject of study, it activates your imagination. And that helps a lot with memorizing.
By creating a mind map you are able to extract and record the information in your memory in a very efficient way. This means that mind maps are a logical and creative way to take notes and represent your ideas, whether for your own use or to share them with others.
How to make a mind map
Creating a mind map is easier than making a mug brownie. You can create one in a flash with a pencil and paper. But if you want it to last, to be collaborative and easy to send, and you want to boost creativity using methods such as Design Thinking, make it online.
At Genially, we love a good mind map and (warning: incoming SPAM) we’ve got tons of templates to help you make yours super easily. Just add your content and let the templates take care of the rest.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to enrich your mind map by adding interactivity. You can include windows and tooltips with interesting info in the form of videos, pictures, links, or texts.
Tips for creating a mind map
Whenever we’re creating a mind map, we tend to follow the same general pattern that works for us. Here are a few tips:
- Use a horizontal page format.
- Draw a central image, which becomes the main node or topic. If you choose an eye-catching image, you’ll draw more attention to your mind map.
- From the central image, expand outward with the most important keywords and ideas.
- Order the ideas clockwise.
- Place the main ideas on thicker branches and the secondary ideas on thinner branches.
- Use curved lines.
- Write one keyword per line.
- Use plenty of colors and images to make your mind map more visually appealing, interesting, and unique.
- Always make your mind maps yourself.
What are mind maps used for?
The uses of the mind map go far beyond studying. You can use them for all of this:
All kinds of everyday tasks
Yep, mind maps can be an ideal tool for approaching everyday tasks and problems and getting a broad view of all facets and possible solutions. How?
- When planning or structuring a trip.
- To plan a personal project
- In the planning phase of tasks and objectives or the management of projects at work.
- And, in general, to reflect on any topic or process and get a holistic view of it.
Take a look at this creation, it’s super handy for organizing your goals and actions effectively.
To work on something in a team or group
Use them to help with teamwork or collaboration. Whether it be in school or in a corporate team, collaborating on mind maps in real time helps to reinforce and develop ideas and concepts.. Some of the possible practical applications are:
- Brainstorming on a topic that has just been discussed
- Briefly summarizing the most general ideas around a topic
- Breaking down the problems attached to a concept or idea and seeing possible solutions.
- Memorizing and consolidating knowledge
- Explaining the ideas of a project or topic to get an overview and digging deeper little by little.
With this interactive design you’ll be solving problems at work at the speed of light:
Education mind map
Mind map or concept map?
The differences between concept maps and mind maps are not just visual. The use of one format or another will depend on your main objective.
I’m sure you have lots of projects on your hands! Now you’ve got everything you need to get organized and create mind maps.