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In this episode Jay talks about Mind Maps as a powerful tool for those with ADHD.
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What’s a Mind Map
Mind mapping starts out with a central idea or image. This could be a topic you’re researching or the day of the week that you’re creating a to-do list for. You will then create associations related to that central idea or image and then associations related to that second layer. If you picture a piece of paper with a circle in the middle and then spokes drawn from that center with other circles, you have the basic idea of how a mind map starts. The center circle is the main starting idea and the “spokes” of the wheel are the sub-topics that you will use to build upon the main idea. Color or other images used with this structure can really add further organization to a developing mind map.
Let’s Get Practical
Why should YOU be interested in mind mapping? Tony Buzan, who invented Mind Mapping, has taught the concepts to thousands of people around the world. Using mind mapping has been shown to increase productivity as much as 25% (or even more if you find yourself really stuck!) Mind Mapping also enables faster learning and improves memory because it allows you to think more clearly and logically to give your ideas a visually organized layout.
What Tools are Available?
We mentioned four mind mapping tools on the show:
Tony Buzan’s iMindMap
Mind Meister – the online tool
MindManager from Mind Jet and FreeMind
If you are interested in learning more about mind mapping, Jay has created an online class for you to learn more about the ins and outs of mind mapping including a step-by-step process and a walk-through of several different mind mapping software applications. The 60-minute course will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.
The class is being held Thursday, October 14th at 8:30 pm EST. To register for the class simply visit http://learnmindmapping.com. The class cost is $97 but if you register by October 7th, you will receive a 30% discount. If perhaps you are listening to the podcast after the class has already taken place, you will be able to purchase a recording (audio & video) recording of the class at http://learnmindmapping.com or http://www.hyperfocusedcoaching.com.
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