The 3 most important steps for an EXTRAORDINARY Mind Map…

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When I was 15 and in year 10 of high school, I like most teens, hated to study… I detested it… I was only interested in reading one book and that was the next edition in The adventures of Sweet Valley High… Non fiction books were not on my fun list at all… Its funny how things change isn’t it.. Now I would sell a kidney if it meant I could sit all day or even better for a whole week and read through the pile of amazing books I have sitting unread on my bedside table…

I remember my mum coming into my room and showing me yet another book and all I could think was ‘oh god another one!’ – she handed it to me and told me that she had heard about how great it was to help kids learn a fun way to study (a what – yeah right…) and thought she would buy it for me. The look of complete disinterest on my face must have been obvious because she then went on to say – well it was written by a 17 year old and its only really short so it might be worth flicking through… she finished with ‘up to you…’ VERY smart and strategic my mum even though she doesn’t even realise it…

Get your colour on when doing your Mind Map

Get your colour on when doing your Mind Map

So I read it – a book that was going to teach me to Mind Map whatever that was… Can I tell you right now that I wish with I had kept that book because it turns out it was the BEST thing gave me as far as a schooling aid goes – and I have been using Mind Maps ever since to help me first gain some clarity around a situation and also to work out what my actions steps are going to be for a task – however BIG or small it might seem – for example – working out what positions Bubbles was going to need once we grew out business to include retailers and hotels… a Mind Map allows you to break anything you like into bite size pieces and it can as detailed as you want or need it to be.

What makes using a Mind Map so effective for this is that they switch on BOTH sides of your brain at the same time – your emotional brain and your thinking brain (left and right, red and green – whichever description you have heard) Our emotional brain is switched on when we are creating! When we are using our imagination and daydreaming… Our thinking brain is activated when we are analysing, cross checking and list ticking… When we ‘draw’ a Mind Map – we are doing all of these things and in doing so we utilise so much more of the untapped potential of our the power of our minds…

There are loads of different ways to do a Mind Map and if you watch the video link here you will see me in action showing you the basic’s of how its done.
The important part to remember is that the more creative you are using colour, pictures and symbols – the more you will activate your frontal lobe – the key controller and creative master of our brain…. More on the power of utilising our Frontal Lobe coming soon…

I have attached a picture of a Mind Map that has gone above and beyond when it comes to creativity to show you just how intricate it can be… The more creative you are – the more powerful and clear the map will be and like any map we have to read – we all know we get there faster if it makes more sense.

So what are the 3 most important steps to an EXTRAORDINARY Mind Map??

1 – Set aside enough time to really dive in and let your creativity flow. The last thing you need is to have to pack it up just when you start getting your groove on!

2 – Use LOTS of colour! When you are finished you will be able to see which parts of the map you are most excited about based on the colour’s you have chosen to use.

3 – The bigger and more detailed the better! There is no such thing as a mind map that is too widespread – keep expanding until you get to the VERY next step you need to take when you begin to action this masterpiece…

More on Mind Maps soon – I recently discovered an awesome software program so you can ‘Mind Map’ on your laptop – its amazing!!

If you want to share your Mind Mapping experiences with us – we would love to hear it!

Till next time…

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