How to Mindmap


Introduction: How to Mindmap

Creating a Mindmap in 4 easy stages

Step 1: Start With a Central Image

Use a large piece of paper (A4 or better still A3)

Position the paper in landscape format

Pencil a central image that represents your subject

In this example, a Mind Map on Motivation, I have used the familiar notion of a horse chasing a carrot

Step 2: Adding Branches and Expanding

Add key branches and expand using one word per line

The number of key or first branches should ideally be between 7 and 11 or the Mindmap will be crowded and memorising becomes more difficult

Use curved branches which are easy on the eye and lines the same length as the word, so that the eye can travel easily to the next level

Allow free and rapid mind flow

Step 3: Add Graphics

Add graphics to enhance the Mindmap, which aid recall and make the Mindmap more pleasing to view

Pictures assist memory recall - use space wisely

Step 4: Ink and Colour

Ink in and colour your Mindmap - the more colour you use the more appealing it becomes and it will be easier to recall your information

There are dozens of examples available for FREE download at

You can also use Mindmap software if you prefer

Mindmaps ® were invented by Tony Buzan - see his many Books for more details or visit his website at



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    I like this idea, i do something rather similar,but different. mine just ends up being a visual message from my subconscious. seemingly random, but several interpretable truths throughout. cool though.

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    All hail the mighty mind-map! Seriously, I use these all the time in lessons, both in my own planning and as a way for the class to take notes, especially as a way of creating revision aids. They're self-differentiating, because kids use note-forms they can most easily deal with, whether it is words, phrases, diagrams or cartoons.

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    Awesome, i learnt this at school on a special creative thinking day, it is WAY better than the generic B&W; straight line mind map

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    Good instructable but what does it have to do with the Let it Glow contest?

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    You are right - nothing at all! Must have ticked a wrong box there; I'm new to this...apologies Creative Inspiration