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Your Next Productivity Hack is Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping is a well known approach for drawing information in diagrams instead of writing it in sentences or making numbered lists. A Mind Map always uses the same basic format of a tree, with a single starting point in the middle that branches out, dividing again and again. The tree is made up of short words connected by lines or ‘branches’ to new words, it’s these branches between words that make up the meaning, it’s also a common tool we use to start work on a new idea here at Lucid.

Mind Maps are tools that help us brainstorm ideas, better understand a topic, improve our cognition, and speed up our memory or recall. They can are useful for creatively solving problems and helping us assign and take actions. The mind map encourages creativity and flexibility, and which is great for ‘thinking outside of the box.’

Where did Mind Mapping Originate?

The term “Mind Map” was first made famous by British psychology author and television personality Tony Buzan, however the use of diagrams that visually “map” information using branching and radial maps traces back centuries. Known as ‘pictorial’ methods record knowledge and model systems, they have a long history in learning, brainstorming, memory, visual thinking, and problem solving by educators, engineers and psychologists.

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Why Does Mind Mapping Work?

Contrary to how we perceive ourselves, our minds are generally not suited to thinking in linear, patterned ways. Our minds actually operate in tangents, which is why it’s very easy to get sidetracked or click on the ‘related’ content in YouTube and at the bottom of articles.

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A creative example of Mind Mapping.

Mind Maps help you avoid thinking linearly and thus open you up to creativity and new ways of thinking. They’re more realistic, because most things aren’t orderly to begin with which can help you understand the bigger picture. They naturally hook into your right brain, where creativity and intuition can help you reach better conclusions or find the desired outcomes.

How do I Start Mind Mapping?

  1. Get a blank piece of paper and some coloured pens or markers
  2. Start in the center with an image of the topic, we’ll use ‘lucid’ below
  3. Remember to use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map to create depth
  4. Choose keywords and write using upper or lower case letters, write each word on it’s own
  5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image, the lines should become thinner as they radiate out from the center
  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support
  7. Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping
  8. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map
  9. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.
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Our Lucid Example of Mind Mapping

How Effective is Mind Mapping?

In 2005 a study was conducted in which 80% of the students examined believed Mind Mapping helped them understand concepts and ideas in the field of science. Other studies also report positive effects through the use of mind maps. For example a review in 2002 found that spider diagrams (similar to Mind Maps) had limited, but significant, impact on memory recall in undergraduate students with a 10% memory recall improvement memory among the majority of students.

Your Next Steps

Have you been putting of an idea because you can’t wrap your head around it? Well now you have the ideal productivity tool to visualise it and get started. Mind Mapping is simple, effective and can even be done without paper! Check out my list below of popular Mind Mapping tools below, some of them are used by large Fortune 500 companies to help their teams understand and idea and get started on them.

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Hendrik Kruizinga

Hendrik is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Lucid. He avidly pursues great design, experiential products and the a daily dose of betterment.