The concept of mindmapping was created based on neuroscience and how the brain functions. The brain works based on synaptic connections. One thoughts connects to another and another and another, creating the cohesive thoughts and actions that we are aware of. Trying to organize our life around lists can be difficult as it’s so very limiting and contrary to how the brain functions.
Mindmapping, on the other hand, mimics how our brain creates connections, which enables us to improve how we function. You create mindmaps by starting with a brainstorming stage where you write everything down, then you organize all of those thoughts into concepts, and you create categories and subcategories.
In this article we will talk about 3 ways to use MindMapping to Improve your WorkFlow.
1. Structure your Projects
Many of us have a very long list of things to do on any given day. The information floats in our head, causing clutter and preventing us from workin effectively. Step 1 when creating a mindmap is called a “brain dump.” Write down everything that you have pending, whether it’s of high or low priority. Clear out the clutter in your brain and get it all down on a map.
Once you’ve written down everything, the next step is to organize. What tasks can you group into projects?
Let’s take the example of a mind map for Blogging Workflow:
In the example above you can see that the author wrote down all of the elements that he could think of when it come to site design. These were then grouped within hierarchical categories. This is the foundation of any good mindmap, and this simple step alone will help to improve your productivity as your brain relates to an organized structure. You can then keep expanding and adding more detail to your project.
2. Go from Macro to Micro: Elevate
To improve productivity, it’s important for you to elevate so you don’t get bogged down by minutiae. By organizing your workflow into a mindmap, you can gain clarity over how each task fits into the big picture. Once you are clear about what the big picture is and how each step fits into the puzzle, you can prioritize your time accordingly.
You can add notes to your mindmaps and use tools such as Task Timer to give yourself a limited amount of time on each task. This will help keep you flowing through the different stages in your map.
3. Overcome Information Overload
Whether you are a student, employee, entrepreneur, or blogger, we are all bombarded with a million things we could be doing to become more successful. Writing all of them down in a mindmap to create a roadmap to success will help you achiever your goals.
By writing down and organizing all of the necessary steps you will find yourself moving in the right direction in a daily basis.
Above you can see an example of template to organize your week by objectives, task and priorities. This is one of MindMeister’s default templates and you can adapt it to your projects.
MindMapping can help you on many levels
From organizing your personal life to your projects, to collaboration with others, mindmapping is an excellent tool. Cloud based mindmapping tools like MindMeister give you flexibility to view and modify your maps from anywhere, and to collaborate with others. The best way to find out how mind maps can help you is by trying it out!
Bio: Marcela De Vivo is a mindmapping enthusiast and a lover of technology and tools to improve our life and productivity. She works with WhoIsHostingThis to spread the word on their amazing Hosting Review Tool, as well as blogging about internet marketing. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.