Mind mapping is something you use in school to study, but it’s more than that. It’s a creative way to declutter your brain. All you need is a piece of paper and different colored pens. Start in the center of a blank paged turned sideways, in the middle add a photo or a cloud with your theme or word and use colors to create branches with keywords.
So how can you use them?
1. Make long-term goals happen!
When I need to sort out both my working and personal life and I think about long-term projects and commitments, here is when mind mapping comes in the picture. Indeed, a mind map is the only thing that helps me seeing the bigger picture.
I usually put that huge goal in the middle and then each branch contains a step I need to take to reach it, it’s a really visual way to get your life together and a great alternative to a vision board.
2. Free up some space in your brain
When I feel confused or like I have too many thoughts stuck in my brain, I just take a pen and paper and start mind mapping, putting down all my ideas and concerns. It helps me relax while I let my creative flux flows, and most importantly it helps me to clear up my mind.
3. Make decisions
I’m a very indecisive person, I find it hard to make spontaneous decisions and I tend to overthink. To avoid being torn by doubts all the time, I use a mind map to make tough decisions. Kind of like Rory Gilmore’s lists, it helps you see your pros and cons in a visual way. There’s something really therapeutic about getting all your colored pens out and drawing branches from the center. The bigger the paper, the better!
How do you use mind mapping to declutter your brain? Let me know in the comments below!
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