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How I mind map by Mind Map: How I mind map
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How I mind map

This is the foundation map for a post at brettterpstra.com. You can find it at http://brettterpstra.com/2014/09/18/how-i-mind-map/

Process

ideas

random thoughts

related to parent topic

sorted roughly, put them under a category, you can always move or promote, promote, Make a topic a higher level category, when there are enough nodes, move, when it starts to make more sense somewhere else

floating maps

uncategorizable topics

sorting

sort after the map is mostly fleshed out

sort branches clockwise

sort children top to bottom

review

easy to survey

reorganize and connect topics

often find that early topics make less sense, the idea formed further as you worked, go back and update/recategorize initial ideas, sometimes early ideas are repeated, delete them, merge them into later topics

Polish

Why?

helps me visualize the final concept

Makes it easier to convey ideas when sharing

prioritize and categorize topics

topics

shapes

fonts

colors

themes, automate

icons

rankings

yes/no

MindManager's filters

images

more for illustration than thinking, MindMeister's WunderBild

notes

Great for expounding/explaining

connections

keep a topic in multiple categories, connect it to a relavant topic, expound further there

colors

helps visualize

categorizes my thinking

Auto-rainbow is handiest, Curio, MindNode, iThoughts

boundaries

freeze topics

correlate topics

links/attachments

mostly for sharing

additional explanation

Vocabulary

map

main topic

branch

node/topic

parent

child

sibling

Benefits

non-linear thinking

scattered thoughts come together

topics inspire topics, see a topic in one branch, remember a thought you had before, think of a connection to another branch, expand on it

instant overview

see what needs fleshing out

balance ideas or reorganize

easy reorganization

sort as topics build

rethink categories

subdivide at will

why not outline?

too rigid

feels like things need to be in order

MindManager outline view, handy if you think both ways

Tree works for me

Export

writing

Markdown/OPML Outline, sort topics clockwise, sort subtopics vertically

Methods, Split view, Outline on one side, write on the other, Breakdown, Go straight into fleshing out topics into paragraphs

presentation

output slides

use MindMeister presentation mode

Notes

my maps sync to nvALT as Markdown outlines

link back to original map

structure

Main Topic

core idea

title of a post

name of a project

life context

branch topics

major categories

steps

chapters

short names

third level

sub-steps

chapter sections

short names, unless the map looks like it's only going to be three levels

fourth level +

can be descriptive sentences, paragraphs go in notes

Apps

nvALT (mac)

Drafts (iOS)

MindNode Pro (mac/ios)

MindJet MindManager (mac)

iThoughts HD and iThoughts X (mac/ios)

MindMeister (web/ios)

Fluid

Curio

Tree

Misc

Pasting outline text

OPML to MindMap