How Mind Mapping Can Change Your Life

I consider myself to be an unmotivated dreamer…

When it comes to motivation, most people are lacking. Usually I find the reason for this is they don’t have a clear vision for their goal they want to accomplish to begin with. When I began blogging I had all of these crazy cool ideas I wanted to accomplish like visions for my website and themes of posts, but I had no earthly clue where to start. This lack of knowledge led me to procrastinate and lessened my motivation to want to create.
 
I found mind mapping to be the best way to organize my thoughts. As a visual learner I know that if I can see my goals and dice them out in a representative manner, I am wayyyy more likely to make moves on accomplishing them! 
I want to share my method for mind mapping with you guys because it has changed my disorganized way of thinking into one with structure that is goal oriented. It is proven that you are more likely to stick to your goals if they are written down and mind mapping is a visually artistic way to do that! I specifically have a wall for my mind maps that are super cute and draws my attention to for when I need to remember what I have planned. 
Ok so enough talk about the why, let’s talk about the how! 
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Mind mapping begins with a central goal. 

This goal can be as big or small as you want, because you will be breaking it down into smaller goals later. In the middle of your mind map state your central dream or goal you want to accomplish. 
 

The second step to mind mapping is to form your keywords.

These are steps that are imperative in reaching your main goal. Let’s say my goal is to make an A on my Biology final. I would write as my keywords: organize, study, connect, and rest. My keywords are broad on purpose so I can list more specific steps under them. This allows you to slowly pull your focus in on the actual steps you need to take. 

 
The next step is to take every keyword, connect them to your central goal, and list under them the specifics of that keyword. So under organize I might list: 
  • Make sure I have all my notes 
  • Put them in order
  • Highlight the main points 
  • Correlate with textbook
I would do that for every keyword until I have a step by step process on how to complete those keywords! I’m sure by now you see how this process is going to work. Each step of mind mapping is bringing your focus in and organizing steps to a goal! Take this as far as your brain allows you to…next I would decide on a general time frame for each keyword. I would put the keywords in order by the date I want those accomplished by. You can bring your focus in even more by setting dates for the specific tasks of each keyword. 
 
My keyword ‘organize’ will end up looking something like this when I am done:
 
Organize (4/27/18)
  • Make sure I have all my notes (25th)
  • Put them in order (25th)
  • Highlight main points (26th)
  • Correlate with textbook (27th)
Doing so gives me a very organized structure for how I want to use my time between now and the 27th to organize my notes for my biology exam!
Continue to label dates until every keyword and task has been organized. Now you have a very visual place to look at your goal and you have a specific time schedule of how to accomplish that goal!
 
Mind mapping is particularly useful for goals where you aren’t quite sure how long or when something will happen. Like I said, this map can be as specific or as broad as you want it to be. You can have a general goal and fill it out as you learn more about it or as things change in the future! Mind mapping is my number one way to organize my pie in the sky dreams that seem to aimlessly wander through my mind. So go forth!! Take your dreams and accomplish them! Once you have the proper structure there is absolutely nothing that can stop you from fulfilling your craziest ambitions!
 
I have designed a very cute and visual guide to mind mapping that you can download for yourself! It is what I personally use because it’s nice to look at and I like pretty things. I would put it in a place you know you’ll see everyday so you stay focused on your goals, I hang mine above my desk where I write from. If you’re interested in mind mapping but aren’t sure where to start I would strongly suggest using mine as a guide! You can get that by filling out your email below so I know where to send it to 🙂
 
Happy mapping!
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9 Comments

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Wendyreply
April 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm

This was awesome to read! I feel like this is something that is key when you are trying to put all your creative ideas in order. I hate when I feel disorganized and then do not get anything done and end up feeling even worse after realizing the lack of motivation to do something when all it took is so mind prepping. I love how you structured your post with starting with the WHY first. This establishes purpose which is so important. With out how can we expect to accomplish anything? Enjoyed the read .

Lauren Simsreply
April 26, 2018 at 3:20 pm
– In reply to: Wendy

Ah thanks for your kind words ❤️❤️

Kristyreply
April 26, 2018 at 10:44 pm

Very interesting subject!

EscapeWritersreply
April 27, 2018 at 4:56 am

I am missing one thing , making keywords. Really they are important to achieve our goals through mind mapping. Now onwards try to make specific keywords for each task.

Rosie Vottareply
May 6, 2018 at 4:36 am

The first paragraph summed me up completely. Really enjoyed reading your post xx

Aditireply
May 6, 2018 at 4:38 am

Thanks… A much needed motivation

Devendrareply
May 6, 2018 at 4:43 am

I really can relate this post to myself. Most of the times I start a work without giving it a proper thought and then get confused what to do. I feel mind mapping will be helpful to me. Thanks for sharing

Sydneyreply
May 6, 2018 at 4:51 am

Nice encouraging words! Never knew about anything called mind mapping. As a blogger I think it’s gonna work well for me.

Laurareply
May 6, 2018 at 5:58 am

I’ve done mindmaos before but never had any luck with them. I do however have them in a planner, I think I’ll try one that’s stuck somewhere in view and take it from there!
Thanks for sharing 🌹
Laura xx
https://www.directlylaura.wordpress.com

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