If you have the kind of boss that asks you to come up with ideas for events like a company retreat, your mind may initially go blank. There are times like these where just sitting down with the piece of paper and writing out what you need to do simply does not work. There are other ways you can come up with ideas for an event. One of those ways is through a mind map. A mind map is a visual representation of your ideas that you can later turn into tasks.
This is a great way to get ideas out of your mind. This is done through free association. The concept of free association is to write down everything that comes to mind for this topic. There is no particular order of your thoughts. And it will often come out in one or two words. You can put it in order later. The most important thing for you to do is get it out of your brain. Mind Maps are the place where you can hold all of these thoughts.
Let’s go back to the example of the company retreat. Start by writing company retreat in the middle of your screen and then add any subtopics or connections you think would be related to this event.
Check Out These Mind Maps
You could just use a piece of paper for this, but I think the features from mind maps will be a better and easier solution. You can drag and drop ideas; the map can be imported into different formats; share it with a group; and depending on the mind map, you can move them to other productivity apps.
Once you start working on mind maps for events, you can easily see how you can use it in other areas of your life.
In the next blog article, I created a mind map so you can see the process, and then you can create your own! Click here
If you want to see a list of free mind maps to check out, download them here.