But there was a period of time where I would hear her talk about it and think, nah that’s not for me. I thought I needed to be more structured and neat than mind mapping. That it was too scattered for me.
But it just kept popping up and finally, I thought what the heck, I should give it a go.
So, I rewatched her videos on it and chose a few things I could mind map.
I think of it as a new way for me to brainstorm.
I wouldn’t use it to take notes (I’ve seen people who use this technique to study).
But brainstorming, I could handle that.
So, the first thing I decided to mind map, an easy place to start, was with a few habits I wanted to add.
Before doing the actual mind mapping I sat and thought about what those habits were, and I came up with:
+ journal daily
+ 80-120 oz of water
+ gratitude journal
Ok, so journal daily?
First off, I was like you know what, I’m going to make that into a 30-day challenge.
And as I was going through brainstorming these different habits I realized I needed to have a specific time of day to do them.
That’s probably my biggest tip because I’ve noticed the things I do at the same time each day are the things I stick with versus the things that I think oh I want to do that at some point today. Not gonna happen for this lady.
So I decided that morning pages would be the first thing, my gratitude journal would be as soon as I got into bed, and my normal journal would be for things to remember.
I went through and wrote out different benefits and why I wanted to journal more. And most of it was mental health, free therapy, clearer thinking and so on.
And I would just add one thing at a time and spend a few minutes thinking through why I wanted that as a habit, and how I could actually hold myself accountable for doing them.
Habits started connecting. For example, if I woke up early I would have more time to go for a run, do my morning pages, meditate and not feel so rushed to get my day started. Exercising would lead to drinking more water. And things like that.
In the end mind mapping is a fun little exercise that I recommend giving a go. There’s no right or wrong way to do it so I’d say don’t spend too much time worrying about the technique.
Do you mind map? Share your experience below!