Monday, February 1, 2010

Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a strategy for harnessing the power of lateral thinking, also called "the right brain." It can be used for note-taking, decision-making, and brainstorming.

When you mind map something, you put your starting concept in the middle of the page. From there you let your mind associate ideas out from that central node. Each of those ideas becomes its own node with its own branches and so forth. You can also draw connections among different nodes. You're encouraged to use different colors, sizes, and lettering styles, and be as playful and creative as possible. Ideas shouldn't be spelled out in detail, but represented by a pithy word or phrase. You can even use a symbol, picture, or diagram. Your mind map doesn't have to make any sense to anyone but you. On the other hand, they can be a great collaboration tool.
If you like mind mapping, you may find MindMeister useful. It's an online mind mapping tool that allows you to share and collaborate on mind maps. The free account allows you to have 3 mind maps at a time.

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