With the coming of the information age, comes information overload. If you’re like me who reads constantly to keep up with technology, your mind can get overloaded with so much – acronyms, concepts, theories, how-tos – you name it.
So the question is: what do you do with all that information stored in your mind (read: brain)? The answer is mind map it.
I’ve been fond of using mind map software because it helps me orgranize my thoughts and note them down. This gives me a lot of benefits, but the best one is it makes me see things clearer because I’m able to visualize it; it also affords me a knowledge-base of sorts, which I can later read again.
According to Wikipedia, a mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making.
There are quite a few mind mapping software packages available (google it), but I use an open-source app called FreeMind.
Fig. 1.1 – FreeMind App
Fig 1.2 – Sample mind map
Check it out and start mind mapping and brain dumping all the stuff in your brain!