Best Work Yet | Susan Gregory

Do you have a lot on your mind at the end of the year?

It’s almost December! Wow, where did 2016 go? I have so much to do before the end of the year. Gifts to buy, vacations to prep for, 2017 goals to set.

When I have a lot on my mind, I turn to one of my tried-and-true techniques: Mind Mapping.  If you know me, you probably know that I love Mind Mapping.  I use it in almost all of my workshops and facilitations, to help people to gather ideas, organize projects and remember more.

Why should I try Mind Mapping?

If you’re feeling like you’ve got a lot on the go, try creating a Mind Map as a brain dump of all of your tasks.  It’s fast, fun and creative. You might be surprised by how much you can get onto one page.  Once you’ve made it, you can use it like a to-do list, checking off the items as you.

I find a Mind Map much less stressful that a to-do list.  The main branches create compartments for your tasks, which feels easier than just one long list. Yet, the tool still allows you to see everything on one page.

How do I get started?

  1. Grab a blank page and whatever pens you have available
  2. Draw a picture or write a couple of key words in the middle of the page
  3. Create a few central branches, for example type of tasks or areas of focus
  4. Add details wherever you feel like it, it whatever order you like
  5. Let yourself repeat words if it makes sense

The steps above are just guidelines.  It’s your brain dump, so do whatever works for you.  Add pictures (if it’s fun) or arrows to show connections between different parts of the map.

And, if you’d like to learn more about Mind Mapping, check out our workshop.

 

Categories: Mind Mapping,Productivity.

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