Mind Map Laws and Recommendations


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Mind Map Laws and Recommendations

  1. 1. Source: The Mind Map Book – Tony Buzan.
  2. 2.  1º Use Emphasis Always use a central Image. Use Images throughout your Mind Map. Use three or more colours per central Image. Use dimension in Images. Use synaesthesia (the blending of physical senses). Use variations of size of printing, line and image. Use organised spacing. Use appropiate spacing.
  3. 3.  2º Use association. Use arrows when you want to make connections within and across the branch pattern. Use colours for enhancing memory and creativity. Use codes to enable you to make instant connections between diferents parts of your mind maps.
  4. 4.  3º Be clear. Use only one key word per line. Print all words. Print key words on lines. Make line lenght equal to word lenght. Connect lines to other lines. Make the central lines ticker. Make your boundaries embrace your branch outline. Make your images as clear as possible. Keep your paper placed horizontally in front of you. Keep your printing as upright as possible.
  5. 5.  4. Develop a Personal Style. Reflect your unique network and patterns of thoughts. 1º Use Hierarchy. 2º Use numerical order.
  6. 6.  Break mental blocks. Add blank lines. Ask questions. Add images. Maintain awareness of your infinite associational capacity. Reinforce. Review your Mind Maps. Do quick Mind Map checks.
  7. 7.  Prepare. Prepare your mental attitude. Develop a positive mental attitude. Copy images around you. Commit yourself to your Mind Map. Commit to the absurd. Make your Mind Map as beautiful as posible. Prepare your materials.
  8. 8.  Prepare your workspace environment. Ensure that you have a moderate temperature in the room. Use natural light where possible. Ensure that you have plenty of fresh air. Furnish the room appropiately. Create pleasing surroundings. Play appopiate music, or work in silence if your prefer.
  9. 9.  Mind Maps that aren’t really Mind Maps. Avoid structure become increasingly random and monotonous, diassociated and reduced to the same level. The idea that phrases are more meaningful. Using single words in your Mind Map enable you to see your internal and external enviroment more clearly and realistically. The idea that a “messy” Mind Map is no good. This doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s a simply reaction of your state of mind. It is simply a reflection of your state of mind at the time, or the input your mind is receiving. A negative emotional reaction to any Mind Map. If you are disappointed or depressed by the standard of your Mind Map you should simply remind yourself that it is only a first draft wich will require revision before it reaches maturity.