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Mind Mapping:
The simple way to organize your ideas
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As an executive, entrepreneur, or business owner, there’s a very good chance that your mind is pulled in a 100 different directions at various times of the day, and you likely have a number of different responsibilities, in a number of different disciplines. From marketing and sales, to management and logistics, there’s no shortage of different aspects that go into running an effective organization. With that in mind, it can be extremely difficult to organize the wealth of often unrelated, yet peripherally connected ideas, which we have on a daily basis.

Mind mapping, which is a technique that allows you to diagram and list your thoughts in a simple, visual, and organized way, is a relatively straightforward and basic practice, which can go great lengths to help you organize the great deal of varied ideas you likely have on a daily basis. It also has strong applications in team brainstorming and collaborative meeting environments as well.

A typical mind map revolves around one main theme or topic, which is represented by a circle (often related to as a node) that is labeled as the theme in question, at the center of the diagram. After this main theme has been established, smaller categorical thoughts related to that theme are represented by smaller circles that are connected to the main node. Once a few of these larger “sub-thoughts” are outlined, the mind map will begin to take shape, and look like one large circle, with a series of smaller circles connected to it. From these smaller circles, you can then draw lines, on which you write your specific ideas, and use the larger established framework to keep them organized.

For example, let’s say that you were looking to increase sales, and wanted to organize your ideas on doing so. Your main node or circle would be labeled “sales”. From there, you would draw several circles that would describe various methods of doing so (such as “leverage old clients”, “generate new leads”, or “partner with complementary companies”). Then, you would list specific ideas on how to accomplish each. Again, for example purposes, we’ll choose “leverage old clients”. You would draw lines from this circle and write things on them such as, “make follow up calls to all old clients”, “start a quarterly news letter”, “mail a new product announcement”.

As you should be able to see by now, mind maps can be an extremely powerful way to keep a running tally of ideas, and just as valuably, keep them organized. By developing an ongoing mind map for each of your core job functions, you’ll be able to capture all of those small ideas that randomly pop into your head, and use them to create solidly defined plans of action. While the thought of keeping these mind maps on paper is obviously a bit counterproductive, there are a number of software applications, on every major platform from Windows and Mac OS, to Android and iOS, that allow for the easy development and sharing these diagrams.

Mind mapping is just one tool that brings you more productivity and business growth. We’ve developed a 2 minute quiz that pinpoints exactly what you need to work on in YOUR life to be your most productive. Use the link below to access this free 2 minute quiz and find out.

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