Brain dump with the Mind Map | simple steps for creating peace of mind
MIND MAPPING – simple steps for creating peace of mind
So I lie in bed and think: “Nice to go to bed early again! Tomorrow fresh and so clean up again for my ‘Morning Glory time’ and then it happens.. just lying awake while my head is building a whole party. What in the world is that? I really didn’t invite all those partygoers. Think about: storylines, ideas, theories, just random thoughts. There’s a lot of stuff going on. And especially in this past year, I have had a lot of these kinds of parties in my mind. Right before going to sleep.
And now I also know about myself, that I really need 8 hours of sleep. And I’m going to have to do something with all those thoughts. My ideal solution is:
A mind map!
With my pen and paper I write down all those thoughts in this amazing method. Where I immediately created order in everything that came up at a visual glance. Then I can also let it go and then start that remaining number of hours of sleep.
So what is mindmapping
When I was introduced to this, I only applied it to my business ideas. But now I’ve used it in so many different ways. That I have come to find it really fun & functional.
I’ll describe the method. You can do this very easily with pen and paper. But there are also opportunities to do this digitally.
- 1. in the middle you write down your main topic
- 2. then you write around it the brainstorming topics that are in link.
- 3. for those brainstorming topics, you can write them out more extensively. For example, what does the topic involve and put it under the subject.
The mind mapping is very good to use if you want to brainstorm about your business. But what I like so much is that I’ve started using it in so many ways. Here are some examples:
Mindmapping with children
I have applied the mind map in conversations with my kids. Just to see what they like most to do. We went on to work out what it takes to be able to do that fun. As an example: they like to go to an amusement park together. What it takes: money, time, transportation. Who do you want to take with you: and then some names came up. And what do we take with us: sweets, drinks, cookies, sandwiches. And that’s how we were going to write it out. The nice thing about this is that you get some kind of moodboard on paper. Of all kinds of things the child likes. That’s how you get to know every child better. And also what they see as important. You can think of it as visually making what’s going on in their minds.
Mind maps about things that bother you
Another example of a mind map is when I have a conflict about something. Something’s bothering me. And I want to find out exactly what’s bothering me about the incident. Then I write down what happened. I’ll write down the feelings. Then there’s the thoughts I got. And my idea of how I could fix it. Or how it could have been different or better. What I could have done differently. This also gives real insight about your own thoughts, but also how you want to enter into a conversation with the person concerned.
Mind maps about your sports goals
Sports goals are also a fun thing to do. What goal do I want to achieve? Do you want to gain weight or lose weight. What exercises am I going to do for that? And how much time am I going to spend on it? And when am I going to do that? And where am I going to do that? What kind of feeding weekly schedule am I going to make <– also a great mind map tip!
All thoughts that are written down nicely in a mind map. That order gives peace to the head again. So there are many ways to use a mind map.
The advantages I have been able to discover in the mindmap method:
1. Gives rest & order
2. You don’t have to remember all those thoughts anymore, because it is now neatly on paper
3. Provides overview & insight
4. Use of both hemispheres of the brain. It helps you to work creatively with your mind.
5. Gives you a visual overview.
A great method to put things from your mind to your paper (or digital) in an organized way.
You can also create a mind map on the computer. I created a digital mind map template.
This is in the Lady Prosperity Planner, for sale in my Etsy store. With an iPad and an Apple pencil, you can easily use it to do your own brain dump or brainstorm things that go through your mind.
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