Mind mapping is a relatively new method of thought organization — although I’m quite sure it was used informally before word of it spread as a creative and thought organizing tool. I was first introduced to mind mapping in middle school. Back then, we were taught how to use it very carefully: use colors for similar thoughts, use as many lines as you could to connect and show relationships to each other, etc.
In hindsight, I’m very glad that I was taught this method, because it helped me to think on a more holistic level, which as I learned later in life, was essential for creative thought processing and ideation (and even more effective studying [PDF]).
The only downside to mind mapping was the time it took to create one, and how easily it could be lost or damaged. I hated coloring in my circular boxes and carefully placing clouds here and there so that they wouldn’t collide with other ones. Isn’t there a faster, easier solution?
Blumind is a free piece of software that organizes mind maps on your computer. It comes as a .exe file so you could also easily use it from your portable pen drive.
Upon first using it, I guess you could say Blumind blew my mind. 😉 (It was setting me up, I had to go for it!)
Last updated on 07 February, 2022
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