Are you tired of memorizing an ocean of thoughts at a time? Do you need a strategy which can ‘map’ out your thoughts, using associations, connections and triggers to stimulate further ideas? Conventional, tried and tested methods like note-making can help you resolve issues but effective mind techniques like mind maps helps us become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively.

Yes, Mind mapping can be used for any thinking or learning task, from studying a subject to planning your career or even building better habits. Mind maps extract ideas from your head to give them a visible and structured form. Using the natural “operating systems” of the brain mind maps unleash its creativity limitlessly.

You can create a mind map on paper, in a drawing app on your tablet, or one of many popular mind mapping software tools, such as XMind, Lifehacker readers’ favorite mind mapping software.

You can draw your own mind map with these easy steps:

  • Start in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop.
  • Develop the related subtopics around this central topic, connecting each of them to the center with a line.
  • Repeat the same process for the subtopics, generating lower-level subtopics as you see fit, connecting each of those to the corresponding subtopic.
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