7 Tips to Make Professional Mind MapsCindy
Mind maps are widely used in both work and daily life. Mind mapping can be mastered by not only by professionals, but also by children and housewives. More and more people are learning the rules and skills of making mind maps and apply them to both work and daily life. This article introduces 7 tips to make professionals mind maps.
Paper v.s. Mind Map Software
Pick a piece of paper or launch the mind map software, center your central topic on the canvas. If you choose to make a hand-drawn mind map, a piece of horizontally placed A4 paper would be the best choice. Mind map software helps to improve mind mapping efficiency – you type in the content, insert images and attachments by a drag-and-drop operation. I recommend a free mind map tool – Edraw MindMaster.
Use Central Image
The central image doesn’t need to be very beautiful. You draw the central image to reflect the central topic. Just make it as far as you can go in accordance with the necessity. Make the size of the central image 5 centimeters in diameter. As the old saying goes, “Well begun is half done.” People start from the central topic to create a mind map, so it doesn’t matter if you spend some more time in the beginning.
Write Down “Key Words”
Bear it in mind that it’s words or short phrases rather than a paragraph or article that should be written on the branch. They are used to summarize key information, thus making it easier to read and to memorize important issues. Here I recommend applying different font size and weight to indicate the importance of keywords. Follow the rule that only one topic (short phrase or word) fits one branch and resolve the branch into a new inspiration.
Use Images, Lines and Colors
Proper images help to memorize, understand and spread information on the mind map. Vivid colors can stimulate the human brain to analyze problems optimistically. Making full use of colors in mind mapping brings you much interest and joy. Besides, I recommend using pens rather pencils to draw a mind map because pens write more smoothly than pencils. Smooth writing contributes to thinking smoothly.
Three key points of developing mind map branches have to be considered: branch style, weight, and length. Body curved lines are preferred while developing and connecting the father topic with its subtopics. For examples, most beverage bottles are designed in the shape of an S line originated from women waist. In terms of line weight, remember to use lines of the most thickness for a branch of the central topic. The beginning and end of the branch are of different thickness, and make the end an elegant point. The thickness of branches at different levels of the map should differ. The length refers to the balance between the length of a branch and texts distributed on the branch. Make the length of a branch isometric with a length of the texts above it. This can help concentrate and keep calm.
Ideas and Structure
Write down the ideas you think of around the central topic. Don’t care about the structure and level of your ideas when you write them down. Note that you summarize an idea with words rather than cumbersome texts. If you can’t come up with more ideas, then start to classify the ideas you wrote and put them in structure. In this case, using mind map software is much more efficient and convenient to edit.
“TEFCAS” is an abbreviation of “Try”, “Event”, “Feedback”, “Check”, “Adjust” and “Success”. It’s a model created by Tony Buzan which explains the process we go through in natural flow to learn. The core of the success model is to have a try first no matter how your map looks.
Your mind map doesn’t have to be perfect in the beginning. As long as you stick to making mind maps, you are sure to progress at your own speed and get results.