How to Use Mind-Mapping to Enrich Your Life

SDN Clubhouse Community MindSpace by cote
SDN Clubhouse Community MindSpace by cote

Visual thinking is becoming more and more dominate. I am looking forward to being able to get a tablet PC maybe even smaller than a netbook and just write and not use the keypad. I know it is coming. Thinking visually will be a lot easier than it is now.

Mindmapping (from  Wikipedia)–

“A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.”

“The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. Mind maps may also aid recall of existing memories.”

(1)  I first read about mind-mapping at Squidoo. (My Squidoo lens are here.)

(2)  The Mind Mapping Wiki

“This wiki covers the many types of maps – mind maps, concept maps, argument maps and others.  It explains the variations and how you might choose one type if you’re learning something, another type if you’re planning a new project, and something else again if you’re doing some deep analysis.  The main map types are introduced in a summary article here that branches out to many other pages.”

(3)  Alltop has 20 blogs/sites about mind-mapping I will post about these at a later time.

(4)  The power of mind-mapping by Dan Woods is about how visual outlining provides a shareable snapshot of ideas.

(5)  Litemind (exploring ways to use our minds efficiently) has 11050 readers. One of the mind maps it has is a mind map of a book entitled: One Small Step can Change Your Life.

(6)  20+ resources to help you mindmap is on the Mindmap blog.

(7)  MindMapArt showcases the world’s finest mind maps. It has categories of arts, business, education, lifestyles, mind mappers, offbeat, sports, science and technology. Raising Self-Esteem Mind Map Mind Map Art shows the causes and cures for self-esteem.


  1. Hi Kathy,

    It would be very nice to use touch screens and create mindmaps on them. Do you create most of your mindmaps on paper?

    I think the size of the screen will be very important for touch screen mind mapping. There are some tools for the iPhone… but the screen is way too small to create a nice map.

    Question: Do you use mindmaps TOGETHER with your clients as well? Just ask your clients to create a mindmap of themselves. This will give them and you lots of insight in their thinking.


  2. I use templates with my clients in this sort of work because there is nothing that freaks a client more than a blank piece of paper! Sometimes a Mind Map to trace first to get the concepts across is also a good idea.
    I recently helped a friend through a very difficult time in their life using MindMapping and it worked a treat because they were able to see all aspects of the issues all the time getting the balance back.


  3. The combined power and utility of mind or idea mapping and Microsoft Surface (or other large screen horizontal or vertical touch screen) would be a very productive combination.


  4. Kathy,

    Great set of resources. Thanks for sharing.

    Michael Deutch / Mindjet


  5. Kathy what I’ve found to really enhance the visual experience using mind maps is to embed images in all your nodes.

    You can make simple images and then embed them like “check e-mail”, “login”, “Blogs”, etc.

    Then link to each website or file locally on your hard drive and work off that system or map that yo created in your day-to-day business operations.

    Hope this tip helps to all those using mind mapping software.



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