Mind mapping is an incredible way to brainstorm ideas. In this article, we’ll review the basics of how to draw a mind map.
What is mind mapping? It’s a brainstorming process where you think of a topic and allow it to trigger new and related ideas. As the new ideas come to mind, you map them out in a fashion that is similar to what a family tree might look like. Here’s an example of a mind map:
There are two ways to mind map:
- With a pen (or pencil) and paper.
- With software. I use www.mindmup.com
How to Draw a Mind Map
Okay, so here’s how to draw a mind map.
Write down a word or phrase. For example purposes, write down the phrase “Ice Cream Store” in the middle of a piece of paper. Go ahead, write it down. Now, draw a circle around it and draw a connecting line to a new circle and write whatever comes to mind from phrase “Ice Cream Store”. Some examples might be “ice cream”, “customers”, “marketing”, “ice cream equipment”, or “good locations for ice cream stores”.
Now we have the phrase “ice cream store” with several lines branching out to five other circles that also have ideas in them. Now take a look at one of the new circles and think of anything that relates to that. Again, as an example, I might look at “ice cream” and map out flavors, textures, colors, brands, etc.
At this point, you have a pretty good idea of how the mind mapping process works. You just want to continue the process until you can’t think of anything else.
Mind mapping is the constant branching out of whatever your mind comes up with. Don’t rush this process. If you take some time with this, you’ll be amazed with what you can come up with.
So now that you know how to draw a mind map, it’s time to actually use your mind mapping and brainstorming skills. Go ahead and give it a try to come up with some of your next big ideas. Mind mapping is incredibly helpful when putting together a website blueprint, a business plan, a book, an agenda, projects, etc.