Mind Mapping for Creativity

Mind Mapping is a tool to boost creativity in a non-linear or abstract thinking pattern. This allows you to make connections, overcome obstacles or even make paths where linear thinking might otherwise trip you up.Mind Mapping for Creativity blog graphic The mechanics of mind mapping are simple. Write an idea in the middle of a paper, preferably ones without lines as this will help separate the linear and non linear ideas visually and promote free association. Sometimes it can help to have instrumental music going so the part of your brain that needs a distraction is calmed a bit. If you need a classical music soundtrack check this out. Or if you need a faster soundtrack this one will work well.

Lets get down to business…You need to start with an idea or direction. The idea I started with was goals as the main or primary idea as seen in the diagram below. Using your non-dominant hand to write causes the logical side of your brain not to override the creativity. The next thing I did was write the ideas that came to mind when thinking about goals using my left hand. These sub-points or secondary ideas are the natural ideas my brain comes up with in a free association manner. You take the secondary ideas and free associate around each of them. and continue out as many times as you need. This reveals the connections and flow between ideas that your brain naturally associates. When you complete several rounds of free association take a step back and look at the ideas that have come out. Look for patterns, significance, or themes that emerge. Goals mindmap example

 

Ideas that present themselves can be used for writing projects, goal setting, used to plan art projects, or even to help you strategize ideas for your business. I created a  Video here for you to watch the progression. Let me know how you utilize mind mapping.

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