Create a mind map – set and achieve goals

Create a mind map - set and achieve goals

Have you ever felt that your goals are rich in potential, but then the productive results don’t live up to their promise??

Sometimes you just need to put the worlds behind your forehead on paper to really look at them. This is exactly the strategy behind Mind Mapping Is stuck, a goal-setting technique that translates, captures, develops, and shares your plans, notes, interests, and aspirations into a visual thinking tool. In addition, mind mapping encourages the free flow of ideas, making it the ideal format for brainstorming and for creative problem-solving sessions.

Mind map is a diagram that visually organizes information by branching ideas out from a central theme to highlight connections between the whole concept and its parts. Mind maps are graphic representations of information that convey the connection between individual ideas and concepts. No matter how complex a topic is, a mind map brings order to the chaos and helps you see the "big picture". It’s a creative hub-and-spoke method, goal brainstorming the different areas of your life; with whole perspective in mind – and it works.

Turning away from linear thinking

Jenny Blake, former Google career development manager and author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, Is an advocate of the mind mapping method. She believes this is the best way to get to the root of what matters most to you, freeing your thought process from the typical limitations and constraints of linear thinking.

Life rarely follows a linear path, so it stands to reason that goal setting doesn’t either. When it comes to milestones like professional growth, factors like advancements in technology, automation and distributed work have paved the way for a typical "career". This reality led Jenny Blake to write a book about the pivot strategy professionals can use to stay agile and achieve their goals.

Using the mind map method can help you get an overview of all your life goals, make connections and draw conclusions that go beyond the boundaries of traditional goal setting. We sat down with Jenny Blake to get her top tips for creating your own mind map:

Mind mapping

Trello: Why it’s important to pause so we can articulate our goals? Why do you think many avoid or neglect personal planning?

Jenny Blake: We need a new word for goals. For many people, goals are associated with "must/should" associated with goals, similar to the New Year’s resolutions we set and quickly forget. This is why I love creating mind maps to create a more comprehensive vision. Mind maps can be used to write down anything and everything that comes to mind in different areas of your life.

Jenny Blake author and mind map expert

"We need a new word for goals. For many people, goals are associated with "must/should" similar to the New Year’s resolutions we make and quickly forget."

What areas are most exciting and impactful for you: work, health, knowledge, education, relationships, fun or creative projects? If goals and milestones are helpful, by all means write them down – but for me, the real goal is to work on something with lasting resonance. Working on something that excites me so much that I enthusiastically enjoy spending time on it every day.

Mind maps give me enough free space for brainstorming. Every few months, I check in to see what I can do next.

Trello: What are the key steps to follow when creating a mind map??

Jenny Blake: Write a topic in the middle of your page, z.B. "2019" or "value setting" or even a creative project, anything about which you want to brainstorm visually and non-linearly. From there, draw spokes (radii) to the categories of each element.

When setting intentions for the coming year, write them down for an important area of life. If it is z.B. is a creative project or a book, write down thematic outlines and topics you want to analyze in more detail.

Freewrite from these main resolutions, letting the stream of consciousness flow to paper without reflecting or evaluating it, or searching for appropriate wording. Write about anything that comes to mind: sentences, sentence fragments, and individual words – it can be specific ideas or goals for each of your chosen topics, or reasons and keywords why those ideas resonate with you.

Conclusion: There are no rules! Just let the pen move across the paper and try not to exercise censorship. However, if you think you’re done, then by all means move on – because that just means the most obvious and apparent ideas have been captured and written down. Keep going – you will be amazed what else you have in you.

Trello: In your book PIVOT, you talk about the importance of taking small steps toward change in order to make a big move. How should you apply this strategy to your goal setting?

Jenny Blake: For each goal or mind map area, ask the following two questions: what next step would have the greatest impact? And what small step might I now take? If you focus on exactly these two things week after week, you will see a tremendous upswing in a very short time!

Trello: When goals are set, are they then immovable, i.e. set in stone?

Jenny Blake: Not at all; goals should be fluid. Keep the outcome vision in mind, but always make sure to enjoy the process. If you don’t, it’s a warning signal – an invitation to change your approach and learn something new about yourself in the process.

Trello: What happens after a mind map is created?? How can we use this to stay on track and achieve our goals?

Jenny Blake: Place a mind map in a visible place, or at least check it every few months. But you shouldn’t worry, you don’t have to do it exactly like this (unless this strategy works for you). Many of the ideas you’ve grabbed and held on to stay in your subconscious and start working there without you even realizing it.

You can also schedule a monthly mind map check-in with yourself (with a reminder in Google Calendar) so you can review and determine which small next steps are best activated.

Create a mind map in Trello

Examples of online mind map creation include

Usually mind maps are created on paper. However, creating a mind map in Trello is an easy way to explore the concept and break new ground. This can also be a handy digital reference of your paper mind map that you can access anytime from your computer or mobile device. Just follow these steps and you’ll be mind-map brainstorming online in no time:

  1. Choose a name for your board, that refers to the topic, project or time frame of the mind map.
  2. Make each list so that it represents a specific area of your life, a stage of life that is important to you.
  3. Create maps For each idea, goal, or keyword that inspires you and add it to the appropriate list for your life area.
  4. Get creative with inspiring card title images and board backgrounds, so you can achieve a "visual Atmosphere.
  5. To expand your inspiration you can find links Add to videos, articles or pictures to the maps. Or keep them as notes and ideas.
  6. Use checklists for your goals, so you divide the way into realizable steps. You can also add due dates when deadline structures need to be established, and invite collaborators to your board when you want to bring in accountability partners!
  7. If you want more free-form experience, you should activate a power-up like SmartDraw, with it you can draw a diagram or a mind map directly from your board.

Create mind map in Trello maps

And here it comes – we’ll tell you: Jenny Blake and her team use Trello to manage everyday tasks and ideas. For mind mapping, they haven’t tried it yet. Either way, though, she thinks it’s an interesting way to develop goal perspectives:

"Trello is a super functional, fluid way to turn a hand-drawn mind map into something practical. The idea of creating a board for different areas of the mind map, being able to dynamically move and track each map, check them off as they are completed, this is very appealing to me. (And then of course celebrate the "Done" board properly)." – Jenny

But why not change the perspective of your goal setting while you’re at it? Copy this mind map example board, and adapt it to your ideas and needs, and discover your possibilities!

Translation and interpretation from English by Doret Pohl.

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