Mind Mapping the MUCKLE Way
Get more done in less time with better results – guaranteed!
Your brain is naturally designed to work visually. Consider these two examples:
a. Your brain’s visual processing capability is 60,000 times faster than for text or spoken language.
b. If someone asks you to think of your favourite place, you bring to mind a picture, not a name spelled out as ‘b-e-a-c-h’ or ‘c-o-t-t-a-g-e’ or ‘m-o-u-n-t-a-i-n-s.’
Mind mapping is a visually-based method for using the brain’s natural functioning to help you sort and organize large amounts of information quickly, to understand it more completely and in less time, and to apply your understanding more comprehensively. Completing these steps faster and better is possible because understanding in the brain is about linkages and relationships, and you can ‘see’ these linkages and relationships more quickly when you work visually. The short story: with mind mapping, as a knowledge professional (we all are), you’ll get more done in less time, AND you’ll produce better results – guaranteed!
The ‘MUCKLE’ acronym (any similarity to the author’s name is coincidental) is used to help mappers quickly and easily remember the key steps to mind mapping:
- Main idea in the Middle.
- Use images and pictures.
- Colour is important.
- Key words only.
- Link your branches.
- Easy, fun & brain-friendly.
If you spend some or most of your time deciding what information is useful (i.e. sorting), figuring out what it means (i.e. working to organize and understand it), and then applying that understanding to produce a ‘bottom-line’ business or other result, then you are a Knowledge Professional. If you’re not already using mind mapping to accelerate your classroom or workplace knowledge work and improve your ‘bottom-line’ results, you could be saving time AND producing better results!