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Index

How Mind Mapping Works...............................................................................................................3


12 Ways Mind Mapping Helps with Self-Improvement.....................................................................3
Mind Mapping With NovaMind ........................................................................................................4
Getting Started ..............................................................................................................................5
Do.................................................................................................................................................5
Don’t.............................................................................................................................................5
Sample Mind Maps ...........................................................................................................................6

The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good.


Understanding is joyous. (Carl Sagan)

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How Mind Mapping Works 12 Ways Mind Mapping Helps with


Self-Improvement

A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique


which provides a universal key to unlock your
brain's potential.
Learning by sight accounts for 60-80% of
It harnesses the full range of cortical skills -
everything our brain absorbs and images trigger
word, image, number, logic, rhythm, color and
our memories and associations. Through the
spatial awareness - in a single, uniquely
combined use of key words, images, color and
powerful manner. In so doing, it gives you the
interaction a Mind Map appeals to many of the
freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your
different ways that people think and learn,
brain. Mind Maps® can be applied to every
making new information easier to understand,
aspect of life where improved learning and
less challenging and clearer thinking.
clearer thinking will enhance your
performance.
An important part of your Mind Map is the use
of relevant key words. When you play the game
Mind Maps are now used by millions of people
of word association, you think in singular
around the world - from the very young to the
words, not sentences. For example what comes
very old - whenever they wish to use their
to mind when I say “Ice-cube”. Your brain
brains more effectively. Similar to a road map,
would respond with key words such as
a Mind Map will:
“Freezing”, “Drink”, “Party”, rather than “Oh
yes it’s really freezing stuff. I use it in drinks
• Give you an overview of a large
during summer and you always need it at
subject/area.
parties”. This is how easy it is to generate ideas
• Enable you to plan routes/make choices
for consideration and planning in your Mind
and let you know where you are going
Map.
and where you have been.
• Gather and hold large amounts of data.
• Encourage problem solving by seeing
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts
new creative pathways.
working the moment you get up in the
• Enable you to be extremely efficient.
morning and does not stop until you get into
• Be enjoyable to look at, read, muse over
the office. (Robert Frost)
and remember.
• Attract and hold the attention of the
eyes and brain.

Brain: an apparatus with which we think we


think. (Ambrose Bierce)

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Twelve ways Mind Mapping helps Try brainstorming for ideas or to resolve
with self improvement: problems. This generates new options and
alternatives for consideration.
1. Learning - Reduce the 'tons of work' 11. Negotiation - All the issues, your position
feeling. Feel good about study, revision and and maneuverability are on one sheet.
exams. Summarize a lecture; note the key Selling your ideas will be more
points as they arise on the main branches of understandable and objectives clearer when
your Mind Map with further details you organize and develop your thoughts in
recorded underneath. Have confidence in a Mind Map.
your learning abilities. 12. Overviewing - See the whole picture, the
2. Concentrating - Focus on the task for global view, at once. Understand the links
better results. Using all your cortical skills and connections. Plan your website, its
attracts your attention. pages, titles, hyperlinks and content.
3. Memorizing - Easy recall. 'See' the
information in your mind's eye. Use Mind
Maps as your study maps, summarizing Mind Mapping With NovaMind
vast quantities of information and saving
time.
4. Organizing - Be on top of all the details for
parties, holidays, projects, or any other
subject. Try organizing your priorities using
headings to represent short-term and long-
term priorities then itemize your strategies
for success.
5. Presenting - Speeches are clear, relaxed
and alive. You can be at your best. Try
printing from NovaMind as a presentation
sheet or export to Keynote, PowerPoint or a
HTML Java presentation. The majority of our learning is done through
6. Communicating - In all forms with clarity visual stimulation – are your Mind Maps
and conciseness using several learning visually colorful, attractive and imaginative? If
stimuli. Pictures overcome language not, it will have no appeal to your brain or other
barriers. people and the data therein will be promptly
7. Planning - Orchestrate all details and forgotten. Also adding pictures, lines and text
aspects - from beginning to end - on one haphazardly around your page does not equate
piece of paper. Plan assignments, goals and to creating a good, memorable Mind Map. With
your career. Record the aims, requirements, thought, you can transform your Mind Maps
research tools and ideas. This helps break with relevant pictures, colors, varying lines and
the project down into manageable chunks. shapes to create something individual and
8. Meetings - From planning to agenda, to appealing.
chairing, to taking the minutes. The jobs are
completed with speed and efficiency. There are many ways to draw lines, shapes and
9. Training – Mind Mapping makes so many fonts. Combine this with an awareness
preparation and presentation easier and of direction, texture, hue, saturation, value,
clearer as well as providing a good basis for scale, dimension, and motion, and you will
review and testing. quickly develop an original and engaging style.
10. Thinking - Having a method to analyze
thoughts - almost a 'way-station' for them.
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• The lines must be connected, starting


Getting Started from the central image. The central
1. Start a new NovaMind document. lines are thicker, organic and flowing,
2. Select your topic, problem or subject to be becoming thinner as they radiate out.
Mind Mapped. • Make the lines the same length as the
3. Gather any additional materials - research word/image.
papers, text information. • Use colors - your own code - throughout.
4. Type in your Mind Map title. • Develop your own style of Mind
5. Use dimension, expression and at least Mapping.
three colors in the central image in order to • Use emphasis and show associations.
attract attention and aid memory. Do this • Keep the Mind Map clear by using
using images, text properties, borders, Radiant hierarchy, numerical order or
shapes etc. outlines to embrace your branches.
6. Top-level branches that radiate from the
title are your BOIs (Basic Ordering Ideas),
categories or chapter heading equivalents Don’t
on the branches.
7. Add child branches under your BOIs to • Use lots of words on a single branch
hold supporting data (most important • Be judgemental.
closest to the centre) the further down the • Become side-tracked by working on the
tree, the more detailed. appearance of your Mind Map and less
8. Use images wherever possible, branch on the content.
shapes, attach graphics, graphic text.
9. Use colors as your own special coding to
show people, topics, themes or dates and to It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be
make the Mind Map more beautiful. for many people to put their brains definitely
10. Capture all ideas (your own or others) then and systematically to work. (Thomas A
edit, re-organize, make more beautiful, Edison)
elaborate and clarify as a second stage of
thinking.
11. Save your document and print scaled onto
one page or multiple which can be aligned
together to make a poster.

Do

• Start in the centre with an image of the


topic, using at least three colors.
• Use images, symbols, codes and
dimension throughout.
• Select key words and print, using upper
or lower case letters.
• Each word/image must be alone and
sitting on its own line.

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Sample Mind Maps

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