Structuring headclutter: Mindmapping

It is not so long ago that I discovered Mindmapping and its advantages.

These advantages depend on the type of person you are. Me, I have a lot of ideas, great structuring skills but not enough space in my head to do these at the same time. If you recognize yourself in that description mindmapping can be a miracle worker. But even if you’re not it can still be very helpful.

The first goal of this system is in the name: mindmapping structuring your thoughts. Ideas don’t come structured they come in the most illogical shapes and most useless times. Than the major problem is that for most uses of your ideas you need a structure, to answer the question: which idea applies where?

Mindmap allows you to put a waterfall of ideas onto paper (or digital format) and structure them. This often has two phases: A phase in which you just enter everything that comes to mind in more or less the right categories without worrying about misplacing anything. The most important thing here is to get as many things you can out of your head and into your mindmap.

It is only after that, that you really structure this thing, to really make sure that there are no overlapping categories, subjects or that some points need more precision. This is crucial because while mindmaps are quite self explanatory on putting your thoughts in, the can be a bit tricky to read afterward. This is really something you have to get used to and is rarely easy the first time. But don’t worry you’ll get used to it soon enough.

This putting down thoughts mechanism isn’t limited to your own thoughts, you can think about brainstorms, meetings or even projects. And it is the latter that is actually the second functionality.

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