The Mind Maps are diagrams, drawing with hierarchies, created from a central idea or concept.
At the center of a paper sheet or blackboard, you write the concept or problem with which you want to work, then you start breaking down the idea with related concepts as if they were branches coming out of that central idea. The branches can be as many as you want and these also can have several levels of branches, as far as you want or you can find.
Divide et Impera
That means, divide and conquer. Precisely, this is what you are doing, dividing your problem or concept into parts and the more you divide it the better you can have a global idea of everything that is involved and how it is connected to other ideas.
This technique allows you to organize and visualize the thoughts. You can see the whole set or see the smallest detail.
As you can see, this is not exactly a brainstorming in which thoughts come out without any order. In each connection you make, you have the opportunity of a new idea and after some levels, you may realize that, with the Mind Map, you can make relationships of concepts and ideas that initially you had not seen.
But as with Brainstorming, you have to let ideas flow without limiting them, just be careful not to get out of the goal you are looking for.
You can do it individually, however, in a group you can have other points of view that you may pass.
A quick extra tip. A Mind Map can also help you to study and understand a topic, especially useful when you are studying for a test.
I almost forgot to mention that you can draw a Mind Map by hand or also you can use a specialized software in Mind Maps (Personally I like Freemind , it is free and very flexible)
In this five minutes video, Tony Buzan, which is an authority in Mind Maps, gives you some extra tips for when you are doing your Mind Maps.
I hope you found this post useful, this is the second technique I am talking about in the article on The best way to have a good idea.
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