Create a Mind Map to Visualize Outcomes

Using a mind map can help you overcome procrastination and indecision when you can’t decide what to do next.

Earlier this week I discussed that our failure to visualize the end result of a project or task often causes us to become stuck when it’s time to take action. When this happens it is best to step back and take some quiet time to create a clear picture of what success looks like.

One of my favorite tools for getting the juices flowing is the mind map.  It’s a simple brainstorming technique that mimics the way your brain works.  Here’s a short video that demonstrates the technique.

The software I used in the demonstration is a free version of Xmind. I was very impressed with it and plan to use it often. However there are dozens of mind mapping applications on the market If you’re interested in exploring the options a good place to start is an excellent product review of mind mapping software on Chuck Frey’s MindMapping Software Blog. It is an excellent resource about this fascinating topic.

If you would like to learn more about the power of mind mapping I recommend you check out a number of books by Tony Buzan, one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. A good choice is The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential

Enjoy!

– Bob

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