As creatives, we may tend to keep everything we want to do in our brain and not necessarily organized in a way that we can remember and follow. I recently discovered a visible and creative tool to help me keep my ideas and projects organized so that I can move forward with some sense of confidence and order. Creating a Mind Map is one tool that helps me to get the information from my head and out to the universe for me to clearly delineate how my creative projects will flow. It is a great way to include notes for your project as well as visuals that tie it together effectively to literally "map out" your ideas.
Mind Maps are structured to focus from the center...and raidate out using lines, images, words, colors based on simple, "brain-friendly" concepts. The design is based on using information that many of us would use for planning by converting them into a brain friendly way of taking in the steps and processes. There is no real "rule" in organizing your thoughts around the central idea. You can put down any idea that pops in your mind and then organize when it makes sense to include them.
According to Mindmapping.com, there are "Five Essential Characteristics of Mind Mapping" which includes the following:
How to Make a Mind Map
Your finished product should help you visually "map" out your thinking process in reaching your creative goal. Have you ever used mind mapping for your creative projects? How did it work for you? If not is it something you would try? Feel free to comment below.