Your first mind map

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.

Mind map guidelines

Buzan suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps:

  1. Start in the centre with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colours.

  2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.

  3. Select key words and print using upper or lower-case letters.

  4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.

  5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the centre.

  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.

  7. Use multiple colours throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping.

  8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.

  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.

  10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.

Why mind maps are better than texting and regular words.

Mind maps has various advantages that will make every user interested in using it.

  • Visual representation to a topic makes it much easier to understand and grasp the topic or the idea discussed.

  • Easy ordered way that can link the main idea to the sub ideas to better understand the topic.

  • Easy way to organize ideas and brine storming is much easier while using mind maps.

  • Can be used and designed easily.

Start Learning and drawing:

By drawing it in a piece of paper moving on to using tablets or any other device or application that makes designing a mind map much easier.

  1. Start from the center (the main idea).

  2. Use an image or a graphic to represent the main idea or topic.

  3. Use variety of different colours to keep it more representable.

  4. Design the sub or mini-ideas that can be related to the main idea.

  5. Use a keyword for each idea or sub-idea to make the map more clear and well-represented.

  6. Depend on photos in mini-ideas because photos are more meaningful than words.

You have a lot of ways to design the mind map but one of the most famous application that can be used is Coggle and Word as well.