A big hat tip to Sean D’Souza for alerting me to this hilarious cartoon. As he points out, “blank thoughts are easier to mind map!”
Don’t forget to take some time to relax from time to time, to enter the “no-fi zone,” as Sean calls it.
It’s also a good reminder that you should start mind mapping – or any type of brainstorming – with a “beginner’s mind” – that is, a mind free of any preconceptions or biases. In Zen Buddhism, this state of mind is called Shoshin, and “it refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would” (Wikipedia).