• Michelle Wallace

How To Create A Messy Map For Your Business

Have you ever had a million ideas in your mind and couldn't figure out how to start unraveling them? Or maybe you had zero ideas and needed to start brainstorming. Either way - what you need is a Mind Map (or Messy Map as I call them)!

What is a Mind Map/Messy Map?

A mind map is simply a visual method of getting all of your ideas and thoughts down onto paper in a way that allows you to lay out all of your options and to develop them further.

The idea came about in the 1970s, when researcher and educator Tony Buzan developed the mind map. Ever since then, the idea has been taken on around the world, from teachers and students to creatives and businesses.

There are many benefits to using mind maps. They improve your memory, organize information and reduce mental clutter. By mapping out the ideas in your mind, it stimulates your imagination and enhances your level of concentration.

So how does it work?

When it comes to creating a mind map for your business, the idea is to brainstorm and write down any ideas or thoughts that come to your mind. Once you have your initial ideas written down, you then start to delve deeper into them and develop your ideas further in a spider-like shape.

Start with a blank sheet of paper, or use an online tool such as Canva or MindMup if you would prefer to make a digital version.

I always recommend getting colourful and assigning a different colour to each element of your map. This makes each topic more memorable and easier for you to visualise later on.

Write down and circle your central idea or topic in the centre of the page, then draw 3 or 4 'strands' or 'branches' reaching out from that word.

The next step is to think of any keywords that fall under your central idea. Write these words at the end of each branch as subtopics. Then draw branches coming from your subtopics that lead down to your ideas.

You can keep expanding your mind map out as far as you like, keeping all ideas and thoughts under your specific topics. Feel free to use words, images, scribbles, lines, symbols and numbers if it helps you to expand on your ideas and connect your thoughts together.

You may start to notice your ideas connecting, with certain elements overlapping each other. Fantastic! This means you are starting to form a solid idea to start working on!

Here's an example I made recently when planning out a post I wanted to write for my blog. As you can see, it includes all of the key information I wanted to discuss, in quick, easy to read bullet points. You can keep it as neat or messy as you like (hence why I call them Messy Maps!) and structure them in whatever way works best for you.

Once you have mastered the art of Mind Maps, I bet you will start using them across all elements of your business! I know people and companies who have used them for taking notes in meetings, brainstorming campaign ideas, learning a new language, planning events and keeping on track of finances - so the possibilities are endless!

If you have any questions about how to create a Mind Map for your business or project, leave a comment below and I will try my best to help.

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