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3 Steps to Master Mind Maps

Posted on 6.21.2015

While simple in nature, mind maps can grow to be outrageously complex depending on the idea they aim to bring to life.

Due to the possible complexities, here are three things to keep in mind when creating your own map.

1) Have a Clear End-Game

Regardless if your goal is to create a new product, services or news article, having a clear goal is a must when creating a mind map. As mind maps grow they become increasingly complicated due to all of the elements each idea contains making it necessary for the creator of the map to know what they are working toward.

2) Stay Organized

Mind maps can get messy fast. Depending on the central idea there can be hundreds of sublayers underneath that are connected to one another via parent–child relationships. These relationships, while necessary to describe the finished product and everything it will entail, can make mind maps rather jumbled and difficult to read (especially hand-written ones). To make sure their mind maps stay readable users should make sure to take their time and carefully place each node.

What’s more, as creators finish specific parts of their projects make sure to note that on the mind map. This way, the mind map is always up to date and creators only have to glance at it in order to know what still has to be done.

3) Don’t Go Off-Script

A complete mind map should contain everything the service, product or idea will have in it when complete. With this in mind, chances are if creators are working on something that is not on the map then they are off topic, and should revert back to the map to find out what they should be working on instead. If creators believe that what they are working on should be on the map, they need to come up with a clear reason why it should be included and run it by other members of the team to see what they think.

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