The Power of Mind Mapping

by Steven Liew

in Personal Development

During my secondary school days, I signed up for a programme that was “proven to let you learn faster” as quoted. And in that programme, they touched heavily on a powerful technique. Mind Mapping, a technique that is considered as one of the most effective methods for notes-taking, brain-storming and concept mapping. Frankly speaking, I have not been practising this technique and recently when I was trying to use it for a part-time project, I realised that this is a technique that will last a long time, and is so helpful that one should not forget!

For that same reason, I thought I’d blog on it and share with you on the Power of Mind Mapping.

For those who are unaware of this magnificent technique, a mind map is some thing you would draw (on paper or even using your computer) that looks like a tree-branch-like structure, which eventually allows your main topic to branch out, and out, and only sky knows the limits. This is how a mind map looks like…

Mind Map

Mind Map

I have used it for several of my personal projects. Here’s one that I used to create a website for one of my clients:

My Mind Map

My Mind Map

Notice many ideas/things can be put inside it, and yet with little words? A picture sure does speak a thousand words, doesn’t it? I also used different colours to mark items that I have completed, yet to complete, and those that are in the progress.

So as you can see, you don’t need to have ANY prior knowledge, and you can just kick-off “just like that” 🙂

First off, you start off with the center of the page (usually a topic), and start to branch out using keywords related to your topic. You only need images, colours, and important keywords, and then you just link all of them up! Keep practising and you will learn how to organise and structure your mind maps better, and with a little more patience and effort, your mind map will be blowing minds away!

Do you use mind maps often? Do you find them very useful? Do share your comments!

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bob leponge February 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

hehe mindmap is great, but to be efficient it has to be established with a methodology…thats why im believing that it is a very limited tool.
Think in time and space
Think in term of ideal final result
Think in term of functions and substances
Think TRIZ!

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Steven Liew February 14, 2011 at 12:04 am

Thanks for your comments Bob 🙂 So far it has worked out for me, and I have used it to generate a money-making blueprint which I am using for experiment. Will share with it if it works out great.

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bob leponge February 16, 2011 at 2:32 am

yeah it is a nice tool to formalize network of ideas. however i really encourage you to have a look at TRIZ if you want to go further. especially for business setting up

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