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Optimizing Mind Maps

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There you have it, your own mind map. But wait, you actually wanted people to see it in order for them to understand and analyze the things the way you see it. Are you sure your mind mapping contents are good enough to be shown? If you wanted to utilize your map to be able to communicate the information to other people, you have to review everything critically. Does your idea communicate in an organized and understandable manner or is it still vague to you? If it seems undefined, it is time to start optimizing mind maps that you drew.

The rule is you have to understand the information you are giving out or else your name and reputation will be in jeopardy. The ideas should be communicated in an unambiguous and clear manner. For someone who is seeing the ideas on your map for the very first time, that person should make sense out of everything including the hierarchy of the different sub-topics and topics. Your wording and topics must coincide with each other in order not to confuse people who will see it for the first time and have not spent as much time interacting with it as you have. Neatness should also be maintained.

Start Optimizing Mind Maps Now

Whether you like it or not, people are going to barge in their opinions and comments regarding your map and their judgments will be based on its construction. Their views will be concerned mainly with whether they have clearly or vaguely understood the ideas you have presented.

Below are some tips on how to fully optimize your map in a way that people will appreciate it:

  • Ask yourself a lot of questions as it is through being intuitive that you actually learn how to handle your situation. Ask yourself about the map you have created. Do the topic and the subtopics correlate with each other? Or are there ideas that are not really relevant to what you are trying to convey? Be creative enough to move certain topics around and put them in place if things are not making sense any longer as this process can increase the completeness and the overall value of your map.
  • Collapse the map. Do not tear it all down, but rather just collapse its meaning. You have to shatter the contents of your map in order to achieve topmost topics which are considered as the most important ones and are mainly visible. Look at your map in a holistic way including the central theme and its sub-topics. This will trigger a self-explanatory process.
  • Arrange everything chronologically. Your primary topics should appear primarily to achieve a logical sequence and logical understanding. If you do not see things are arranged based on ideas, you should structure your map in a way that will make sense. Do not leave topics astray around your map.

Remember, as the person projecting the map, your goal should be to show your point of view to the people looking at your map. Otherwise, your message will not get through and your ideas will be left unexplained and misunderstood. Furthermore, your mind map should be something that helps you with the recollection of ideas and everything else you need to do. It is time you start optimizing mind maps and get people to better understand your thoughts.