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How to Create a Mind Map 2

How to Create a Mind Map 2

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Published by: pierrette1 on Jun 02, 2010
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1. Take a blank piece of paper, A4 or larger.Better on A3.Blank paper allows 360º of freedom toexpress the full range of your cortical skills,whereas pre-drawn lines restrict the naturalflow of your thoughts.2. Use the paper in landscape orientation.Words and images have more space in thedirection we write, so they don’t bump intomargins as quickly.3. Start in the centre.Thoughts start in the centre of our mentalworld. The Mind Map page reflects this!4. Make a central image that represents thetopic about which you are writing/thinking:
Use at least three colours.
Keep the height and width of the centralimage to approx. 2or 5 cm(proportionately larger for bigger paper).
Allow the image to create its own shape(do not use a frame).A picture is worth a thousand words. It opensup associations, focuses the thoughts, isfun and results in better recall:
Colours stimulate the right corticalactivity of imagination as well ascapturing and holding attention.
This size gives plenty of space for therest of your Mind Map, while making itlarge enough to be the clear focus of the topic.
The unique shape makes it morememorable and enjoyable. A framemakes the centre a monotony of shapeand disconnects the branches.5. The main themes around the central imageare like the chapter headings of a book:
Print this word in CAPITALS or drawan image.
Place on a line of the same length
The central lines are thick, curvedand organic i.e. like your arm joiningyour body, or the branch of a tree tothe trunk.
Connect directly to the central image.The main themes, connected to the centralimage on the main branches, allow their relative importance to be seen. These are theBasic Ordering Ideas (BOIs) and aggregateand focus the rest of the Mind Map:
Printing (versus cursive) allows thebrain to photograph the image thusgiving easier reading and moreimmediate recall.
Word length equals line length. An extraline disconnects thoughts, lengthaccentuates the connection.
Curved lines give visual rhythm andvariety and so are easier to remember,more pleasant to draw and less boringto look at. Thicker central lines showrelative importance.
Connected to the image because thebrain works by association notseparated, disconnected lines.6. Start to add a second level of thought.These words or images are linked to themain branch that triggered them. Remember:Your initial words and images stimulateassociations. Attach whatever word or imageis triggered. Allow the random movement of your thought; you do not have to ‘finish’ onebranch before moving on:

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