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The Better Mind Map: a quick technique to organise thinking and boost creativity

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The Better Mind Map: a quick technique to organise thinking and boost creativity
For many years I've used mind mapping - a simple, effective method for thinking through a problem and organising thoughts. It's an incredibly useful technique, and couldn't help but wonder if it could be used to introduce some structure to the messy process of coming up with ideas.

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The Better Mind Map

The Better Mind Map

Combining the Mind Map Technique with the Creativity Triggers Technique.

The novelty of The Better Mind Map is in the custom triggers tailored to a specific challenge. It is a template that provides structure for your early thinking  and customizable to suit your purposes.

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How The Better Mind Map works

How The Better Mind Map works
  • Write your design challenge or problem in the center of a blank piece of paper and circle it.
  • Add the following five Topic Areas around the central challenge: User needs, Inspiration, Constraints, Commercial drivers, Service design triggers.
  • In the Service design triggers Area, Pick 3 triggers from Entertainment, Simplified/light, Adaptable, Economical, Integrated, Durable.
  • Consolidate what you know about each topic area into 3 triggers each.

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Sketching ideas

Sketching ideas
From your mind map:
  • Divide a piece of paper into six sections.
  • Dedicate each section to a sketched idea, based on a single trigger from your Better Mind Map

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Blank mind map template

This is the default starting point for any mindmap.

Simple mind map template

Mind maps can become quite expansive and elaborate. To simplify, start with a simple mind map template.

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The 2 goals of effective brainstorming:

The 2 goals of effective brainstorming:
  • Defer judgment (don’t get upset when people say bad ideas).
  • Reach for quantity (come up with as many ideas as possible).

Obstacles to an effective brainstorming:

  • Fear of judgment from people in positions of power;
  • Extroverts take center stage;
  • Groups hate scary ideas, even it they're great ones;

Steps of the creative process

  1. Preparation: individual study to focus your mind on the problem;
  2. Incubation: the problem enters your unconscious mind and nothing appears to be happening externally;
  3. Intimation: you get a “feeling” that a solution is on the way;
  4. Illumination: your creative idea moves to conscious awareness;
  5. Verification: your idea is consciously verified, expanded upon, and then executed.

Writing your thoughts for better thinking

Writing your thoughts for better thinking
  1. You can hold more ideas than you could in your limited working memory. 
  2. Writing allows editing. Editing mentally quickly becomes exhausting, as the old information i...

Improve your thinking with writing:

  • Have a written meeting, before your face-to-face one: You’ll be able to communicate them intelligently when the meeting comes.
  • Many problems that feel overwhelming are suddenly simplified once you write them down.
  •  Simply the act of writing down an explanation will resolve the confusion.