I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that when I start to explain Idea mapping to someone. When I think about something that’s very linear, a ruler or a timeline comes to mind. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could be such a linear thinker that their memories would be stored in their brains or recalled in a chronological manner. Often times our memories will be linked to one of senses, such as smell. When we catch a particular scent, such as a familiar perfume, it can trigger memories, most likely ones with the strongest emotional ties. Therefore our brains are naturally associative and when we allow ourselves to daydream and stop thinking about thinking it is amazing where our thought process goes. This is all due our incredible minds, which do not process new information, old information, memories, feelings and emotions in a linear fashion. This is why mind mapping works so well, as it closely resembles our natural thinking process.
– this is an excerpt from my article “Becoming a Mapping Mentor” in the April issue of “Using Mind Maps” magazine.
My article “Being a Mapping Mentor – Overcoming Initial Resistance” is in the April Issue of Using Mind Maps magazine. I wanted to delve into some of the most common objections given by people who may see mind mapping as something beneficial don’t do it themselves. This article addresses those excuses and provides sound counter arguments as well as good reasons for at least trying mind mapping as it challenges and stimulates our brains. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Using Mind Maps is a free subscription based online magazine available through the Apple iTunes store or Google Play store. The current issue as well as back issues can be downloaded.
Hello fellow mappers,
I just found some fantastic pens for mapping. The’re called FRIXION colors and they are made by Pilot. The pack I got comes with 12 colors (just like the picture), they don’t bleed through the paper and best of all they are erasable! With these pens you don’t actually rub the ink away but the rubber type end of the pen when rubbed on the paper produces heat and the heat causes the ink to disappear. My family found this out the hard way, my father-in-law was preparing for a lecture he was going to deliver in a few days time. He had used a ball point Frixion pen to write out his linear outline (sadly not a convert yet) and my mother-in-law used his notepad as a convenient place to set down her hair straightener. When he went to go over his notes the next time you can imagine his surprise. So a word of caution, if you choose to use these pens for your next map don’t leave that work of art on the dash of your car in the middle of August.
Welcome to Idea Mapping Success Blogs. My name is Scott Letwin and I have recently completed my certification as an Idea Mapping instructor. Idea Mapping is a powerful, whole-brained visual thinking tool. Idea Maps or Mind Maps are tools that help us think and remember better, creatively solve problems and take action. An Idea Map encourages creativity and flexibility. Idea Maps help you think outside the box.
Idea Mapping is a useful technique that helps you learn more effectively, improves the way that you record information. It supports and enhances creative problem solving.
By using Idea Maps or Mind Maps, you can quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject. You can see the way that pieces of information fit together, as well as recording the raw facts contained in normal notes. More than this, Idea Maps help you remember information, as they hold it in a format that your mind finds easy to recall and quick to review.
This is a fantastic tool for both professional and personal use. Just Think Consulting would be delighted to show you or your organization how to benefit from Idea Mapping. Just Think of the possibilities…….