Teaching old dogs new tricks is actually easier done than said -spoonerism not intended.
Using mind mapping techniques are used to effectively organize large amounts of information, combining spatial organization & dynamic hierarchical structuring. This technique allows a person to retain information and ideas than by using traditional ‘linear’ note taking methods. If you have several projects that you’d like to accomplish, mindmapping can be a source of creative freeflow thought that will enable you to generate ideas in a flash. Thus, one doesn’t risk being stymied by the notebook ruled paper. Ack!
Some literature makes claims that it allows greater motivation to complete a task, allows one to tap the deeper levels of consciousness by using mind map techniques and these may include developing intuitive powers, combat bullying, create global harmony to working out a business plan. Mindmaps can be drawn by hand, either as ‘rough notes’, for example, during a lecture or meeting, or can be more sophisticated in quality.
For example, locate a large piece of paper or your wall, draw a circle in the center with the name of your theme in the center of that circle -we’ll call this a lake. Begin to build on that theme with bubbles (ponds) with thoughts, ideas, and sketches that flow like tributaries to puddles.
Basic Simple Structure
|I learned of this technique several years ago via Michel Gelb’s Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Creative Genius.
Additional tools to aid your mindmapping quest:
The trick is to keep the mind fresh, free from restrictive measures. Waffling your time with fancy tools only hinders and creates a crutch out of them whilst a pocket full of index cards will do.