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Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping

A Mind Map is a tool that is used to visually organize ideas, thoughts and information. It is a collection of words, arrows and drawings that are organized together around a single topic or problem. Ideas can be collected through brainstorming or other group activities before they are consolidated into a single map. A mind map has many applications in personal, professional and educational situations.

Mind maps are often used during problems solving and brainstorming sessions. For example, a team may be asked to use them to sort out a complex situation or come up with new ideas in a problem-solving effort. Mind maps are also used to aid in decision making and planning activities. They allow to creatively generate and organize alternatives before making decisions. Moreover, mind maps can support meetings, interviews and studying by providing an alternative way to ordinary note-taking. They can also be used to consolidate information from different sources.

Mind maps can be used in many situations

Mind maps can help quickly identify and understand the structure of any concept, making it easy to see how pieces of information fit together. This will offer new insights into new possibilities and creative solutions to improve existing processes and practices. Mind maps will also provide focus and clarity as only words and small phrases are used. This makes it easier to classify, summarize and recall ideas and information. That’s why they are often used as a presentation tool to present thoughts and ideas.

Mind mapping basic structure

Mind maps are often drawn on paper by hand. The process of drawing a mind map can be an overwhelming activity, especially when there is a lot of information to write. For this reason, there are many software applications and online services that allow the creation of mind maps to manage larger amounts of information more easily. These applications offer greater flexibility that a piece of paper can’t. In all cases, you need to be persistent and patient in working with and mastering mind maps

How to Construct a Mind Map

Mind maps can be drawn up individually or collectively. They can be drawn as part of a team activity through the following steps:

  • With your team, present the topic or problem to be explored.
  • Draw a circle in the middle of a paper, then write in it the topic or problem.
  • Draw lines out from the circle to initiate the main points.
  • Brainstorm and add information to the main points by creating more branches.
  • Use colors and add images, icons, symbols and shapes (help you remember, recall and retrieve information more easily).
  • Show associations by connecting the related items.
  • Provide the opportunity to add to the mind map later on as you come across new information.


The following is an example of a mind map that was created to help remembering the continuous improvement tools and techniques.


The following is a mind map that was created to help remembering personal development tools and techniques.

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