My Brainstorm. My brainstorm today revolved around a conversation that I had the other day. What resources do I use today that other people may find useful? Probably one of the most powerful tools without a doubt, the Thinking Map.
Almost the end of the decade and my resources are still useful to this day. I remember personally back in highschool and some of college too- when I was in an environment where people always made claims that "I would never use this information in the real world." But as I have been exposed to this "real world" more and more, I am glad that I paid little attention to those claims. I wish I would have paid less, because there was tons of information that I specifically remember would have been useful-- but I didn't apply myself at that moment.
However I am glad that I did absorb what I did, because now I am able to use all of the tools to further help others who don't remember or did not have the exposure to this information.
What tools from school are still useful today? Tons, but today let's talk about one of the truly underestimated methods that we have to organize our thoughts -- Thinking Maps.
Thinking Maps are tools that allow you to visually put your thoughts down and understand a deeper connection or meaning. Using thinking maps you can turn a great idea into a great idea with a solid plan to its achievement.
There are multiple types of thinking maps, 8 that we will go over. Depending on the type of map that you use, will determine the type of goal you are trying to achieve. The eight types of thinking maps include the 1. Circle Map, 2. Bubble Map, 3. Double Bubble Map, 4. Tree Map, 5.Flow Map, 6. Multi-Flow Map, 7. Brace Map, 8. Bridge Map.
1. Circle Map. The circle map is a powerful tool for getting the thinking process started. This is where we will gather all of the information that we already know down on the subject.
The Circle Map is made up of a center subject / main topic. The outer circle is where we will brainstorm all of the things that we associate with the topic.
The beautiful thing about this type of thinking map is that ANYTHING you think of that relates in some way to the center topic can go into that outer circle. As you start to write your ideas down, even if it sounds silly - your mind will now organically produce more results for you.
The best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas.
2. Bubble Map. A bubble map can be a great tool for keeping track of all things related to a topic. A great organizational tool for long or short term goals.
For example if your center bubble was "Goals For the Year". All external bubbles connecting to this center circle are your "Goals for the year".
3. Double Bubble Diagram. The Double Bubble or Venn Diagram is a tool used to compare and contrast two or more subjects.
Each Subject will have its own bubble. Within each of their own bubble you jot down all of the things that are exclusive to that subject. Where the bubbles overlap- you note the details they share.
4. Tree Map. The Tree Map is one of the easiest ones to understand. Think of it like a family tree. Start with a main subject "parent / grandparent", then break it down, and keep on breaking it down as much as you need. But usually this is how it would go.
Example. Main subject: Grow your Business. Break it down, what do you need to grow? Blogs, Social Media, Youtube, and Customer Relations. Now under each of those pillar categories you can write down how to accomplish each of those.
This type of thinking map is super effective for accomplishing large goals. It allows you to break it down into several smaller and usually easier to achieve goals.
5. Flow Maps. In growing your business the use of a flow map is critical for explaining any of your processes. It is the ideal vision of the process.
A great flow map can be read by an outsider to your business and understand what happens simply from start to finish. The step by step process.
This helps alleviate error and also will allow you to stay on track.
6. A Multi-Flow Map. Similar to the Flow Map, the Multi-Flow Map can be used to show how multiple aspects link to a subject, and the cause or end result of the process.
7. Brace Map. A brace map is a tool that allows you to see all of the smaller processes that make up a whole. It starts with a main topic, similar to a tree map. Break down your main topic down by one tier. This should be another category that can also be broken down again.
8. Bridge Map. Bridge maps help you to create analogies. "bridge the gap" between two different subjects by talking about their similarities.
- Just a thought but, when trying to learn a new language. create analogies to help you learn the language faster.
My Brainstorm session today was divided up into a smaller thinking period to make an organized plan on what to work on. And the remainder of the hour I spent actually executing those plans.
This has been one of the most productive hours I've had in a long time.