A mind map begins with a central topic or idea, then flows outward. Think of it as a tree, where the central point is the trunk. The next level of topics is represented by limbs, with branches and twigs extending from them.
Unlike other diagram types, such as flowcharts and org charts, there aren't really any rules for creating mind maps. While most flow outwardly from the central topic, some users prefer to build mind maps in one direction.
Others like to add colors, pictures, or symbols in their mind maps. This can make groups of ideas easier to identify and remember. It also makes a mind map more enjoyable to create and use.
Why Mind Maps Work So Well
Mind maps are extremely effective for taking notes, planning a project, brainstorming an idea, presenting information to others, and many other uses. Why is this? Here are a few reasons:
- They improve our capacity to see the bigger picture.
- They help us save time by focusing on key issues.
- They improve our ability to retain and recall information through patterns and associations.
- They help to clarify thinking.
- They provide concise, visual information maps that are well-suited for presentations and reports.
How to Create a Mind Map with SmartDraw
When we are presented with a task our brain's natural response is to immediately begin conceptualizing a number of different approaches towards completing the task. Our mind doesn't develop a plan all at once-instead it adds new information and new tasks to the picture as the mind digests the problem over time.
A mind map intuitively illustrates this process before your eyes.
A mind map begins with a central idea, usually the problem or task at hand, and makes room to insert any number of tasks and pieces of information needed to solve the problem. It's brainstorming, with visuals.
Mind Maps can be used for organizing ideas, planning projects, breaking down decision making processes and just about anything else. And there is no better or easier way to create a mind map than by using SmartDraw.
Take SmartDraw with you, too. Create a mind map online using your Mac® or PC laptop. You can also use SmartDraw on your tablet or smartphone running iOS®, Android®, or any other platform.