We’re close to launching version 2 of the LogicalPlan app, which will be filled with brand new updates and features to help you plan and complete projects like a pro. One new feature we’re really excited about is mind mapping.
We recently looked at some of the ways you can utilize mind maps in project management. In this article, we’ll consider some of the main benefits of mind mapping and how it can help you manage your projects more effectively.
Mind maps don’t limit your creativity or thought processes
When creating a mind map, you can jot down notes and ideas as they come to you. You don’t have to hold ideas or think in a certain order, as you might do when making lists, for example. Mind maps work in the same way that our brains think. So, you can create a new branch for a new idea, add additional detail to a branch, and draw connections between different branches. It doesn’t matter what order you do these things in, so it doesn’t matter if you forget something – you can just add it in if you think of it later.
Mind maps are made up of quick notes – words, phrases, and even images. These notes are linked by clear lines. You can add in different colors and symbols to illustrate or emphasize your ideas. Compared to long sentences and big blocks of plain text, this format for mind maps is extremely engaging. They can be fun to make, and this engaging format makes the information easier to absorb and retain.
They help you visualize
Since mind maps are so visual and they lay out information in a way that’s easy to understand, they really help you visualize ideas, possibilities, outcomes, and connections. This is great for planning out projects, making decisions related to them, and solving problems that you face. If you’re short on budget, for example, laying out all the areas where you’re spending money could help you identify a solution for cutting back.
And to process your thoughts and ideas
Similarly, if you’re struggling to understand all the thoughts and ideas that are rushing around in your head, getting them all out on paper, quickly and visually, is a great way to process them and see them from a different point of view. Again, this is a great process for making an important decision or solving a difficult problem.
The great thing about mind maps is that you can just keep going. The more things you think of related to the central topic, the more you can add to your mind map. When you’re using mind mapping software or an online tool, your mind map can just keep expanding infinitely as you add new ideas to it. Paper mind maps are a little more limited, but you can still add new pieces of paper around the one you started with. They’re also limited because they can be used for any purpose or to explore any theme or topic.
They’re quick and easy to do
When making a mind map, you don’t have to sit and carefully consider what you’re going to write and how you’re going to word it. You get an idea, you put it on paper. You do this for every idea you get. It’s as simple as that. It is a really quick method of note taking, so it’s also a good technique to use in project meetings.
Mind maps are great for collaboration
Mind maps are really easy to share with your team, client, stakeholders, managers, etc., especially when you create them online. They’re also easy to work on together. If you’re planning a project or making a budgetary decision as a team, everyone can pitch in and easily add their ideas to the mind map.
Mind maps have so many different benefits, not just for project management, but for a whole range of applications. If you want to stay updated about new features like mind mapping in LogicalPlan version 2, then check out our blog page for the latest news and tips, and don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page.