Mind mapping is one of the best ways to organize your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Mind maps can also help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems effectively. A mind map is basically a diagram that connects information around a central subject. It has a lot of common with a tree, but mind maps usually have a radial structure. RealtimeBoard helps you create mind maps online and collaborate on them together with your team in real-time. Moreover, with RealtimeBoard you can add pictures, videos and any visuals to support and expand your ideas.
There's no one standard way you have to create a mind map, however, and RealtimeBoard gives you a lot of flexibility in creating mind maps online. If you want to use more than keyword or add more text to a branch, that's a personal choice. Go with what works effectively for you.
Tony Buzan, the author of a methodology, suggests the following steps of creating your mind map:
- Start in the centre of a blank page (board), starting in the centre gives your brain freedom to spread out in all directions and to express itself more freely and naturally.
- Use an image or picture for your central idea as an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your Imagination. A central image is more interesting, keeps you focused, helps you concentrate.
- Use colors throughout, it adds extra vibrancy and life to your mind map.
- Connect your main branches to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc.If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily.
- Use one keyword per line as it gives your mind map more power and flexibility.
- Use images throughout as a picture worth a thousand words.