Why you should be mind mapping and what it can bring to your life

You may have been shown in education that one way to revise is to mind-map, maybe you have used this way to help you come up with new ideas, or maybe you have never come across mind-mapping before.

However, if you have used it you may have come across the many benefits that mind-mapping can bring including; helping you remember and recall information quickly, or the simplicity of the activity helping stimulate your ideas.

I personally use mind-mapping all the time in my life. Previously I have used it for my studies (both my degree and masters and GCSE’s and A-Levels), and I also use it all the time when I am coming up with ideas for blog posts. It is a great way for me to express myself and I find visual information to be much more beneficial for me. However, it could be that other exercises benefit you more, so do feel free to look into other ways too.

Today however we will be diving into….

why you should be mind mapping and what it can bring to your life!

In my post today I am going to be talking about some findings and research that bring together the positive benefits of mind-mapping, to show you what it can bring to your life and why you should mind-map.

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Mind Maps help you structure information

It might be you are using a mind map when you have a lot of information that you want to look at in a different light. Therefore, having a mind map can help you store a lot of information in a structure and organised way.

In addition, having that information displayed in a visual manner can help you see the big picture and take all that information and summarise it in a clear and concise way.

Mind maps boosts productivity

As I have mentioned I use mind maps all the time. I use them to create ideas for blog posts for every month and it helps keep me on top of my blogging tasks. This in turn boosts my productivity.

However, by mind mapping it can also encourage you to learn more quickly, communicate better, brainstorm more efficiently and even save you time. This all in turn boosts your productivity.

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Mind mapping boosts creativity

I am not saying that you need to make your mind map pretty with loads of illustrations and colours. However, just creating a mind map in the first place encourages creativity.

Previously, it has been suggested that mind maps stimulate our brains and fosters a creative flow of ideas, in comparison to other techniques.

Again as I have mentioned I use mind mapping as a way for me to overcome writer’s block, and it encourages me to come up with a variety of ideas and posts that I would love to write about in the future. This has been a major thing for me to keep writing blog posts in advance and keeps me on top of things in terms of writing.

Mind mapping improves memory and recall

Something that I think a lot of us do know is that mind mapping helps in improving our memory and recall with information. By including colours, images and connections these act as mental triggers, which allows our brain to process large amounts of information.

Previous research has suggested that by mind mapping this can improve your memory by 15 percent or even higher in some cases.

Also I personally know that using mind maps have been useful for me during exam season, and throughout my studies or even to present information to others.

Mind mapping is more engaging

Mind mapping creates meaningful engagement because you are engaging in the process of brainstorming, or connecting ideas together and then reviewing and developing the mind map. In addition, meaningful engagement learning methods promote this deeper learning which overall improves the way that we take in information.

This is because, by mind mapping you are taking some ideas and then linking them to others (thus creating this “meaningful engagement”), and this is beneficial when it comes to learning or brainstorming.

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It takes complex issues and makes them easier to understand

It could be that you have a load of information to learn or take in, and by creating a mind map you are taking all this complex information and putting it in a mind map that simplifies it in a way.

Creating that mind map helps you word/summarise the information in a way that is useful to you, but also understandable. For example, mind mapping is great for those doing project management or strategic planning, as it helps you make sense of those tasks that need doing.

Flexibility

As I have touched upon mind mapping is flexible. This means that you can use mind mapping for anything that you wish, and it is beneficial for all age groups. For example, consultants can use mind mapping techniques for their clients, project managers can use mind mapping to present information to their team better or children can use them to encourage them to process information in school better.

There is no limit to what you want to use a mind map for and that is why I love using them for anything and everything.

why you should be mind mapping and what it can bring to your life!

Overall, using mind maps is great for increasing productivity, boosts creativity and helps your memory and recall. All of these points are beneficial when it comes to taking in new information/remembering information and even for coming up with business or blogging post ideas. This is why you should be mind mapping and how much it can bring to your life.

Do you use mind maps? How do you like to learn?

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Jayne x

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Author: gemmaajaynee

24 year old just wanting to write with her spare time.

14 thoughts

  1. I can see how mind maps would have really benefited me when I was doing exams but I am so old I am not sure they were even a thing!

    But I have used them recently and I love them!! I used it to come up with a lot of content for my blog and I felt so inspired. Brilliant post Gemma x

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    1. I am glad you are using them now though and they are benefitting you! I agree they are great for coming up with blog ideas and content and I feel inspired as well ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you lovely xx

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  2. Mind mapping got me through my GCSEs and A Levels. But for some reason (I have no idea why) I retired mind maps when I got to university. I think that maybe I felt like I had to take a different approach to writing essays than I did for my school and sixth form exams. In reality mind maps probably would have boosted my productivity at university and I wish I had continued to use them. Your post has made me realise that I am definitely missing out and need to get mind maps back into my life immediately! Using them for blog posts seems like such a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. This is great! I used to do mind mapping to study when I was in uni. I’m a visual and hands-on learner so it helped me A LOT. Also, I adore the creative aspect of it and it was so fun to design my own study material! It did take me a long but in my opinion, it was worth it! Thanks for sharing x

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