1. Start with the central concept
The center of your mind map (or trunk) is the specific question or idea central to getting to the bottom of your topic or solving your problem. Type it in the center of the Mind Map Template.
Write down the first idea that comes to mind when thinking about the main concept. You can use images, words, or short phrases. This is a quick exercise meant to encourage free thinking.
3. Extend your mind map
Write down ideas as branches that extend from the center of your mind map. Once you’re ready to move or structure ideas, hold down Ctrl or Cmd and click on concepts to drag and rearrange the branches.
4. Develop branches
Once you have your first set of branches mapped out, choose one branch and ask yourselves: Where else can we take this? What is a related concept or problem? Then, draw a branch extending from the first branch and put your second idea at the end.
5. Continue until a stop
Repeat the process until you feel like you’re at a good stopping point.
Try changing the color and orientation of your mind map, or introducing things like sticky notes, images, or emojis.