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Simple mind map template

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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Mind Map Templates and Examples

Mind Map Templates and Examples

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Tony Buzan -Inventor of Mindmapping

Tony Buzan -Inventor of Mindmapping

Normal linear note-taking and writing will put you into a semi-hypnotic trance, while mind mapping will greatly enhance your left and right brain cognitive skills.”

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.

Identity mind map template

Create a self-identity mind map that's unique to you. Add in your hobbies, talents, relationships, physical characteristics, and elements that define who you are and highlight what sets you apart from others.

Brainstorming mind map template

A mind map to visualize brainstorms. One solid topic can start a chain reaction of related ideas that'll lead to your next big innovation.

Bubble mind map template

Use the bubble mind map to chart out your concepts and ideas.

Food mind map template

Use it to map out the courses for an upcoming dinner party or to ensure that you have eaten enough protein, vegetables, etc. as part of a balanced diet.

Photography mind map template

Use this template to answer: What makes a successful photographer? What elements should you consider with each photograph you take?

Psychology mind map template

You can use this to map out to better understand different schools of thought and applications. 

Music mind map template

You can use it as a starting point to map out a specific genre of music and its characteristics.

Chemistry mind map template

Consider using this design to help you memorize and understand any chemistry topic.

Art mind map template

Use this template to understand and visualize an artistic concept.

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Adapting to context

Different types of information demand different styles of note-taking. There are lots of reasons to take notes: to retain information, to capture ideas, to problem solve or brainstorm, to visualize...

The Outline/List

Is a linear method of taking notes that proceeds down the page, using indentation or bullets to denote major and minor points.

Pros: it records content relationship in a way that is easy to review.

Cons: difficult to go back and edit information written in this system.

Works for: recording terms, definitions, facts and sequences, when taking notes on slides or readings.

The Sentence Method

The goal is to jot down your thoughts as quickly as possible. Format is kept to a minimum: every new thought is written on a new line. 

Pros: Is like free writing for notes.

Cons: lack organization and notes can be hard to understand.

Works for: meetings or lectures that lack organization; when information is presented very quickly.

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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 t...

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.
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
The Outline method
The Outline method

It requires you to structure your notes in form of an outline by using bullet points to represent different topics and their subtopics. 

Start writing main topics on the far left ...

The Cornell Method
  • The page is divided into 3 or 4 sections (top for title and, bottom for summary, 2 columns in the center).  
  • 30% of width should be kept in the left column while the remaining 70% for the right column.
  • All notes go into the main note-taking column
  • The smaller column on the left side is for comments, questions or hints about the actual notes. 
The Boxing Method

All notes that are related to each other are grouped together in a box. 

A dedicated box is assigned for each section of notes which cuts down the time needed for reading and reviewing.

Apps are especially helpful for this method because content on the page can be reordered or resized subsequently.

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The Mind Map
The Mind Map

It's an interdisciplinary strategy where a student or group build(s) of a single concept or idea: a drama, an element in chemistry, a biography, a vocabulary word, an event in history, a com...

Using labels in Mind Mapping
Teachers can use mind-maps as a review exercise, a formative assessment, or an interim assessment tool, by providing students individually or in groups with printed labels and asking students to organize the information in a way that shows relationships.
Mind Mapping

Mind maps are the best way to visually and textually organize your ideas, projects, thoughts, and tasks in a way that gives you a structure and sensibly links related concepts.

  • Mind m...
Pillars in the Career Master Plan
  • Current job or role: This is what you are doing right now.
  • Career Goals and Dreams: List your short-term (6-9 months) and longer-term (1-3 years) career goals and dreams.
  • Your Big Why: Know why you want to do the work. 
  • Core Values: What are your top 3-5 core values that you are not willing to compromise?
  • Limits and Boundaries: What is it that you are not willing to do? Whom do you not want to work with?
  • Top Strengths: A strength is a combination of your talents and skills.
  • Desired Strengths: These are the gaps you want to fill in your skills and talents. 
  • Education investment in Yourself: Are you going to conferences, joining a master-mind group, or hiring a coach?
  • Execution Strategies: For instance, you may start a business, a side-hustle, a website.
  • Role Models
  • Ideal Client or Company: It is critical to know whom you want to serve with your work.
  • Ideal Professional Self: A 25-word exercise where you describe your ideal professional self. 
The Art of Note-Taking
The Art of Note-Taking

Even in an age where laptops rule, notetaking is still the tool of choice for highly successful students, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Tim Ferris attributes his notetaking style as one o...

The Cornell Method

This simple and highly systematic note-taking method helps you to understand key ideas and relationships easily. Best used for:

  • Gathering information from a seminar or presentation.
  • Recording college lecture notes.
  • Studying literature or a textbook.
Cornell Method: How to take notes
  1. Write down the lecture name/seminar/reading topic at the top of the page.
  2. Write down notes in the largest section of the page (right-hand column). Transcribe only the facts using bulleted lists and abbreviations. Take notes of questions that arise.
    3. Create question cues in the left-hand column that you will use later as a study tool.
  3. At the bottom section of the page, summarize the main ideas of your notes. Ask yourself how you would explain this information to someone else. Keep it concise.

Read over your notes in the left-hand column and summary at the bottom as often as possible. Quiz yourself with the questions you've included in the left column. Repeat often to increase your recall and deepen your comprehension.

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Note prioritization
Note prioritization

Most common reasons to search through old notes:

  • Figuring out who is supposed to do what
  • Revisiting/clarifying decisions made
  • Looking for greater context on requir...
Must-Capture notes in meetings
  • Action Items: to-dos, tasks, action requests etc. These will serve as the foundation to keep everyone aligned and moving forward.
  • Decisions: Clearly defining the outcome and decision agreed to by the group is essential.
  • Requirements/Specifications: Sometimes they pop up unexpectedly in the midst of conversation, but they’re important to document.
Honing your note taking strategies during meetings
  • Create an agenda, to be able to better control the pace of the meeting and plan for the likely key notetaking moments.
  • Take notes in advance: Write your key discussion points to present in advance.
  • Prepare your note-taking tools.
  • Prepare the setting before the meeting, especially before video calls: being able to hear everyone = better notes.
  • Block 10 minutes after the meeting, to clean up your notes, add details where there may be gaps, and delete notes that turn out to have no value.
Cognitive biases
Cognitive biases

...are common thinking errors that harm our rational decision-making.

We don't always see things as they are. We don't simply glean information through the senses and act on it; inste...

Optimism Bias

Is our tendency to overestimate the odds of our own success compared to other people's. 

Overly optimistic predictions can be dangerous, leading us to waste time and resources pursuing unrealistic goals. In the real world of business, things don't always work out for the best, and it serves us well to know when conditions are not on our side.

How to control the optimism bias
  • Be skeptical of your own rosy expectations for your work. 
  • Assume projects will be more difficult and more expensive than you initially think they will. 
  • Don't trust your good ideas to manifest through positive thinking - be ready to fight for them.
  • Trust the numbers. Numbers are firm but fair, and getting intimate with your business's cash flow can help you make more rational decisions.

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Don't just take notes. Read them

If you have a bunch of pads or notebooks filled with meeting notes that you never consult, your note-taking isn't providing the most value over time.

Re-reading notes does make a diffe...

Digital vs. handwritten note-taking

There's little research into the benefits of digital note-taking over handwritten notes.

But the findings underline that typing out notes improves later recall, while copy and pasting text into notes is actually detrimental to learning because it encourages wordiness.

Structure and hierarchy

The most rigorously structured notes, those with hierarchal ordering and numbered subsections, are of the highest quality and accuracy. 

But although these notes are significantly more precise than freestyle note-taking, there is little difference in the ability of the note-taker to recall the material.

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