Creativity Tips
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Mind Mapping

A Mind Map is a picture you draw of associated ideas.

Tony Buzan, who developed Mind Maps, claims that these pictures organize your thoughts in ways similar to how your brain works. Thus you remember these maps more easily and fully. He also claims that when you see your ideas graphically, you make creative associations more easily.

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected." William Plomer

Guidelines for Mind Mapping


  • Relax! Loosen up! Have fun. Don't Criticize or censure. Work fast in 5 to 7 minute bursts. You'll probably think of words and ideas faster than you can write them down.


  • Start with a colored main, or central image in the center.
  • Use images, key words, symbols, and abbreviations to name sub ideas.
  • The printed words should be on lines.
  • Each line should be connected to a more important idea closer to the center.
  • Each new line should be "open" allowing space for more connections to sub-ideas farther from the center.
  • Use colors to organize, remember and please your eyes.

Uses for Mind Mapping

  • Note taking, remembering, studying books, chapters, lectures. (Mind mapping helps you identify central ideas, the relative importance of other ideas, and how they are connected.)
  • Organizing information and ideas for papers, memos, letters, novels, poems
  • "To do" lists
  • Presentations
  • Meeting agenda or notes
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Managing projects
  • Grocery lists
  • Vacation planning
  • Journaling
  • Career planning
  • Getting a job

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