Mind Mapping as the ‘Swiss army knife’ of working techniques is an extremely versatile tool. It enables you to visualise knowledge and information, particularly in the following areas:

  • Taking notes in lectures, meetings and classes.

  • Structuring and organising all kinds of content, for example, of manuscripts, presentations and talks.

  • Making notes and records from texts and books.

  • Learning and preparing for exams.

  • Managing projects.

  • Managing knowledge.

To ensure that you can work effectively with the Mind Mapping technique, you have a few simple but crucial rules to bear in mind:

  • Write all information on boughs and branches.

  • Use only one keyword per branch.

  • Include graphic elements like colours, symbols and pictures.

You can generate Mind Maps either with a pen and paper or with software. Both methods have their uses, depending on the objective and application concerned.

Pen and paper are the better choice:

  • When learning and memorising are involved; for example, while preparing for an exam.

  • If you need a lot of freedom when generating your Mind Map.

Software comes into its own:

  • When you’re dealing with content that frequently changes; for example, in project management.

  • If you want to work on your Mind Map further in other formats.