Enjoying the Benefits of Hand-Written or Computer-Generated Mind Maps - dummies

Enjoying the Benefits of Hand-Written or Computer-Generated Mind Maps

By Florian Rustler, Tony Buzan

Part of Mind Mapping For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

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.