Format and Structure

This is the nuts and bolts of the Mind Map.  It is simple yet the way you do it has a huge impact on your feeling of accomplishment.  Remember to maximize your experience the more your end result pleases your brain the more you’ll get out of it. (This will be repeated because it is fundamental to Mind Mapping.)  The following format is designed to do that.

The Format

Landscape orientation for your device

A center point  which is the Topic

Main branches editing from the topic (no more than 7)

Branches emitting from the main branches  (no more than 3)

Branches emitting from the main branches  (no more than 3)



The visual accompaniment to this section is  Mind Map Gallery and look at Mind Map Class.

feel free to print out the Mind Map and use for reference.  It is what I used to give a beginning class on Mind Mapping.  If you want to get the feel of doing a Mind Map just copy it and put in changes you wish.  (index on this will help definitions)

No straight lines

Print (by hand in lower case) Main branches, then thicker-regular branches, and finally thiner branches (twigs if you will)

Use single words only.

Branch size about the length of the text

All lines and text done manually


Pictures and drawings 

Leave plenty of white space.  Do not overcrowd.

Repeating —-Single words: use of single words keeps an open end on a thought (Tony Buzan explains this in several of his u tube videos.)  More importantly it allows you, if you are relaxed and slightly daydreaming a chance to get into your subconscious. No straight lines; keeps rigidity out of the equation and also allowing a flowing non structured guide without obstruction.  Your supercomputer processes information must faster than you are aware of.  It goes faster and easier with the single words and the curved lines.  Hand printing;  your brain likes what YOU do, not what a machine does.  The connection between a pen in your hand, printing, and your brain is much better than anything else.  Because you are printing individual words, your brain is processing and expanding on that as opposed to having to process the working of a keyboard to type words plus operating the software if you are using Mind Mapping software.  Also the brain likes drawings you make rather than photos or copies of drawings from someone else.  The brain loves color.  Colors you choose are always the best.  I have talked with Barry Mapp if there is a difference in the colors you use.  He felt, from his studies, there were not.  And finally, plenty of “white” space.  Do not overcrowd.

The end result is that you will end up with with something that will resemble pictures (photos and renditions) of the brain.  The neurons.  I definitely will post some for viewing and/or give links.

Mind Map Galley is a good place to look around.  Print some of the mind maps.  Most importantly when you read them you will see how they make images in your mind.   Take a look at Mind Map Class  and you will see how I give my class on Mind Mapping.  Each student gets a copy and the overhead projector has the image on the screen.  If you were taking notes using a mind map format this is one version of how it would turn out.