Mind mapping guidelines

It is highly recommended to use the following guidelines for creating mind maps:

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  1. Start in the absoulte center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.
  2. Use images, symbols, codes, hints and dimensions throughout your mind map.
  3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
  4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
  5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and thinner as they radiate out from the centre.

  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
  7. Use different colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.
  8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping. Develop it according to your personal style and taste.
  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
  10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches. Make it clear.

This list is itself more concise than a prose version of the same information and the mind map of these guidelines is itself intended to be more memorable and quicker to scan than either the prose or the list. Use the above list as general guidelines. Do according to your personal feel and priorite.

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