Just Follow These Steps ūüôā

1. Focus on the core question, the precise topic. Be clear about what it is that you are aiming for or trying to resolve.

2. Turn your first sheet of paper sideways in front of you (landscape-style), in order to start creating your Mind Map in the centre of the page. This will allow you freedom of expression, without being restricted by the narrow measure of
the page.

3. Draw an image in the centre of the blank sheet of paper to¬†represent your goal. Don’t worry if you feel that you can’t draw¬†well; that doesn’t matter. It is very important to use an image¬†as the starting point for your Mind Map because an image will¬†jump-start your thinking by activating your imagination.

4. Use colour from the outset, for emphasis, structure, texture, creativity Рto stimulate visual flow and reinforce the image in your mind. Try to use at least three colours overall, and create your own colourcoding system. Colour can be used hierarchically or thematically, or it can be used to emphasize certain points.

5. Now draw a series of thick lines , radiating out from the centre of the image. These are the primary branches of your Mind Map and will support your idea like the sturdy branches of a tree.Make sure you connect these primary branches firmly to the central image, because your brain, and therefore your memory,
operates by association.

6. Curve your lines because they are more interesting to your eye and more memorable to your brain than straight ones.

7. Write one key word on each branch, that you associate with the topic. These are your main thoughts (and your Basic Ordering Ideas), relating to themes such as:

Situation Feelings Facts Choices

Remember that using only one Key Word per line allows you to define the very essence of the issue you are exploring,whilst also helping to make the association be stored more emphatically in your brain. Phrases and sentences limit the effect and confuse your memory.

8. Add a few empty branches to your Mind Map. Your brain will want to put something on them.

9. Next, create second- and third-level branches for your related Associated and Secon dary Thoughts The secondary level connects to the primary branches, the third level to the secondary branches, and so on. Association is everything in this process. The words that you choose for each of your branches might include themes that ask questions: the Who, What, Where, Why, How of the subject or situation.