Create a mindmap with mindmeister – tips to get started with mindmapping

The mindmapping tool impresses with its simple and intuitive handling. To get started right away, here are the first steps and tips for a quick and smooth start. In the article about mindmapping tools I already briefly mentioned the tool Mindmeister received. Here again the advantages from my point of view:

Advantages:

  • No installation necessary
  • Data available everywhere
  • Free of charge
  • Mobile usable
  • Very easy to use
  • Beautiful user interface and templates
  • Work in the group

1. Step: Registration

Since the tool is used online, a free registration is necessary. Don’t worry, there are no obligations or newsletter orgies associated with this.

Click on the banner to get to the login page:

Mindmeister

2.Step: The start into mindmapping

Once logged in, we will be greeted by the typical Mindmeister start screen in the future.

Mindmeister homepage

Interesting points to start with are the following:

  • MAP LIBRARY: contains sample mindmaps on various topics, just the thing to see what possibilities Mindmeister offers.
  • New map: speaks for itself, here you create your first mindmaps
  • Help menu: Hidden just to the right of your username under the arrow icon. Offers many tips on how to use the tool.

3. Step: The first mindmap

A mind map consists of the following elements:

Mindmeister elements

  • In blue you can see the title of your mindmap.
  • Fields are called "idea". You can arrange them in several sublevels.
  • The green arrow is the link between two ideas.

Once we have created the first mind map, we are at the work screen with its various tools.

Mindmeister mindmap

  1. Font size and format (bold, italic)
  2. With these icons you change the area directly below, one after the other: font color, style of the fields, frame for the fields
  3. Here you can create notes, attachments and even ToDo’s for individual fields. This gives you more space in the workspace, the details are then in the yellow field.
  4. In order: New idea (away from the currently selected layer), New connection, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Undo and Redo.
  5. Enlarge view or. zoom out and display options
  6. Theme, here you can load and change preset designs. Left in front you can start a time travel through your mindmap and switch to full screen mode.

4. Step: Shortcut

To move forward faster and easier there are a few important shortcuts. A more detailed listing can also be found in the help menu, right below.

  • INSERT or TABULATOR: creates a new idea from the currently selected one, i.e. a new level (child)
  • ENTER or DOUBLE CLICK: creates an idea of the same level (sister)
  • REMOVE: deletes an idea
  • SPACEBAR: opens/closes groupings
  • F6: Center view
  • +/-: zoom in/out view

5. Step: Implement

This information should be enough for you to successfully create your first mind map. Which possibilities of Mindmeister you use or not depends entirely on your needs. So there are own task functions, social media integration and much more to discover.

If you want to share your mindmap, Mindmeister offers countless possibilities. You can send an invitation by mail or export the mindmap, there are ten different file formats available.

As an example, let’s look at planning a project from the start.

Start with brainstorming

I usually start my mindmaps with a "wild" brainstorming session. I note down everything important that comes to my mind as a new idea. In the case of this fictitious project, we are faced with the task of organizing an event. After a few minutes the result looks something like this:

Create a mindmap

As you can see, it doesn’t have much structure yet. This is also one of the biggest advantages of creating a mind map. You can visualize the ideas you have crazy fast. This also stimulates creative thinking and you will not be slowed down by system technical inadequacies.

In a next step I now try to put the whole thing into a form I can continue to work with.

The structure when creating a mindmap

Now the individual items are moved into categories. I like to use the classic "W" questions for this purpose. When moving the text, you usually find additional ideas that you can create at the same time.

The mind map now gets the following structure:

Create mindmap2

Here we already used another hierarchy level. I rarely use more than two or three levels, because then the overview suffers.

Create ToDo Lists

In our project there are now some steps to be done. For this purpose it is useful to create an own idea as a ToDo list. The advantage of MindMeister are the easy to insert symbols.

ToDo list

Teamwork

For larger tasks, it is a good idea to share the mind map with colleagues. So everyone can view and collaborate. To do this, use the "Share this map" button below to select whether you want to invite individual users or even share the mind map publicly.

I hope you could work faster and more efficient with MindMeister with the shown tips. For any questions or comments, feel free to leave a message or comment below.

If you want to go deeper into mindmapping, I can recommend the book Mindmapping for Dummies.
I hope this little introduction has made it even easier for you to get started. I would be happy to read how you like the tool and what you use it for!

Most people have heard of mind mapping or already use it regularly. Whether the respective tools deliver what they promise, whether they are really that brain-friendly and what they are best used for, we’ll take a look in this post.

What is mindmapping?

This is a method to graphically show the interrelations and dependencies of various facts. Very often mindmapping is used intuitively on flipcharts or other drawing media. The more complex something seems to be, the more useful mindmapping becomes.

Mindmap

Why mindmapping?

The application possibilities are almost endless! If you want to Brainstorming perform a Writing a book or a complex project want to present, mindmapping can give you the necessary overview.
For example, you can represent customer environments very well and record connecting points, or you recreate processes of your customer to come up with possible solutions.

What for better not?

Mindmapping also has its limits. Especially when it comes to very extensive information, the clarity gets lost quite fast.
Everything that has more than 3-4 layers should either be moved to a new mindmap, or other methods should be used.

Brain-friendly?

Through reference structures, mindmapping is said to be more brain-friendly than pure text or table form. Critics point out that our brain doesn’t think in hierarchies but in equal levels which are linked several times.

You should also be aware that mindmapping is more suitable for authors than for readers. If you were not involved in the creation of the mind map, you may not be able to understand the thought processes. As a prestenation medium mindmaps are therefore only conditionally suitable.

Which software?

When choosing the right mindmap software you have a wide range to choose from. It was important to me that the data is not stored locally and that I can work in groups. I would also like to have mobile access. In addition, it is necessary that the software is easy to use and offers an appealing interface.

After some tests I stayed with Mind Meister, which fulfills my professional and private needs the best.

Best Solution – Mind Meister:

Advantages:

  • No installation necessary
  • Data available everywhere
  • Free of charge
  • Mobile usable
  • Very easy to use
  • Nice user interface and templates
  • Working in a group

Disadvantages:

  • First only 3 maps for free
  • Can only be used online

Free maps:

After logging in you can create 3 different maps and use them again and again. If you need more at the same time you can either become a paying customer or get new maps for MindMeister per recommendation. It works very easy and without any additional obligations. As soon as someone registers on MindMeister through you, you have an additional map to. So one has quickly the required amount together.

Click here for free registration (then below at Basic)>Mind Meister Basic registration

Last but not least, a book recommendation if you want to get the most out of your mind maps> Mind Mapping for Dummies (Fur Dummies)
Here Florian Rustler teaches everything important very clearly and compactly and also goes into different software solutions.

More examples and a few tips about Mindmeister I will show you in a following post. Until then have fun trying it out!

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