Elements of effective mind maps
One disadvantage of mind mapping software is that it brings with it a whole set of specialized terminology. This can be particularly daunting to new users of it, who ask questions like what are Basic Ordering Ideas? Why and how should I incorporate images and icons into my mind maps? What are floating topics? When should I use them? How can I turn topics into tasks?
Faced with a set of unfamiliar tools, new users of mind mapping software often aren’t sure where to turn. The online manuals of most programs are only helpful up to a point. They tell you WHAT each element is and how to create it, but they usually don’t explain why you would want to do so – and the best practices for utilizing it. In addition, when you first open a mind mapping application, you’re faced with a blank slate. You could do so much, if you only knew what was possible.
That’s the purpose of this new blog post series – to help you understand the basic building blocks and concepts of mind mapping software, and how to use each of them to create better mind maps. Here is a list of these articles: