There's something about mind maps that just feels natural and helps me think. They work much better than a list. They were invented by Tony Buzan in 1974, and the good thing about them is that they really do reflect how we think. They make a problem visual, they use both your creative side and your structured thinking side. I use an app called Escape. it is a free easy to use app and it's also full of options.
Here are the top 5 tips to make mindmaps work extra well:
- Firstly, use paper in landscape mode rather than portrait.
- Next, use color, and ideally pictures and cartoons as well to bring your mind map to life.
- Then, consider using a whiteboard if you're at work, they have loads of space, rubbing out is easy, and a whole group can contribute to mapping out the problem and the possible solutions.
- Next, perhaps surprisingly, iPads or tablets are great for drawing mind maps.
- If you do quite a bit of presenting then software like Prezi is worth considering instead of PowerPoint.