How to Make a Mind Map

A mind map is a graphic elaboration of ideas that are in the head.

It is an excellent tool to help us have a clearer view of a mentally elaborated scenario.

It helps a lot when we have a lot of ideas on a given topic and those ideas need to be organized in order to bring more clarity to the understanding of the whole.

Creating mind maps is a simple and creative process. So quite fun to do.

It has several uses. They can be used to organize ideas and information, help to write an article or speech and even to solve problems.

A great benefit that I realized from mind maps is that it also makes learning a lot easier.

Given the different nature of the activity that includes creating the graphic representation, adding images, etc., it makes the final result much easier to remember than if it were plain text.

Therefore, a valuable technique not only for organizing your ideas, but also for studying different topics.

An advantage of mind maps is that you don’t have to worry about order.

When creating lists, ordering them can become a problem. In mind maps you just add new branches to the map as they appear.

Making a mind map is not difficult.

There are two options.

You can design or use specific software for this.

If you are good at drawing it is a nice option to put this creativity into practice.

How to draw is not my forte I got help from software. What I used was MindMeister, but you can find many others on the internet.

The cool thing about MindMeister is that it has a free version with several templates. This makes the process much easier.

Let’s go step by step.

  1. Define the central idea

The mind map must begin with the definition of the central idea to be broken down.

In the example below, I chose the theme of another article I wrote here on the blog that addresses the sources of happiness.

  1. Add branches

Once you have defined the central idea, you should break it down into other themes related to the central theme. This is a first level of branching.

In my example, this first level is represented by the five sources of happiness that I listed in the original article: gratitude, life purpose, good relationships, emotional intelligence and enjoying life.

From this you can create more lower levels of branching for each theme up to the limit that you find most interesting to represent the whole idea.

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  1. Include images, colors and symbols

Finally, add images, colors and symbols to bring your mind map to life. If you like to draw, you can create your own drawings.

Or do as I did and put interesting and representative images that help to remember each theme.

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Here is the result.

Easy. Nice to do and an excellent way to remember.

Mind maps are a highly effective way of putting themes on paper.

It converts long tiring lists into a pleasant and cheerful graphic organization that makes it easy to use to learn.

A useful tool that can certainly contribute a lot to the organization of your ideas and learning.

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