How to Organize Your Thoughts and Ideas

Has your mind ever been cluttered by overwhelming thoughts and ideas? I know mine do all the time.

Have you ever felt trying to organize them inside your brain is a mentally demanding task?‌ That’s because it is.

Whenever I sit down to write a blog post, an essay or try to do something creative, I get bombarded with random thoughts and ideas.

It does not help when these thoughts or ideas come highly distorted without any meaningful connections between them.

To make maximum use of our brain, it is important that we organize our thoughts and ideas clearly.‌ One easy way to do it is to create a mind map.

The technique I am about to discuss can be fully utilized just by using a pen and paper. I used digital infographic for the sake of better clarity.

This shall help you organize your mind and maximize its creative potential.

Organizing your thoughts

As I already mentioned, organizing your thought is really important. Thankfully, it is easier than you think.

For the sake of better understanding, I‌ made an infographic. This shall give you an instant idea about mind maps. But if you want to walk through step by step process or see an example, read below.

Mind map template

Step 1:‌ Main topic

What exactly is the center of your thoughts? This is your main topic. In the example below, I wanted to make a post about blogging.

So I chose ‘blogging’ as my main topic. The rest of the ideas branch out from this specific topic.

Step 2: Subtopics

These are your thoughts that branch out from your main topic. This will effectively help build a second layer around your primary motive.

This step will make your understanding concrete. You can establish the relationship between the distorted sub-thoughts and your main motive.

Step 3: In-depth details

This is the step to become a bit more descriptive. What are the best features of each subtopic? Include them in the yellow space.

Normally I stop my process at this final step. Going above 3 layers can make things complicated. But if you have a bigger broader idea, you should try it.

Once all the necessary steps are taken, you have a logical flow in your thoughts and ideas. Now you can start writing them down, or if you are trying to study, remember them way more easily.

Mind map example

So I want to write a blog post explaining ‘blogging’ to newbies and how they can get started. Here is how I do it.

Here is a basic mind map I came up with. Looking at it, I can now easily write the blog post. I got my ideas organized. That means writing them down is a simple task and I don’t have to deal with all the noise while doing so.

Mind map for idea “blogging”

Note: As I said above, you can do this with pen and paper. It’s better.

Now, this is not the best map I can come up with, it’s a 5 minutes job. Pardon me for any inconsistencies. I hope you understood how it works.

Tips

  • If you are doing this on paper, start at the center. I have innumerous times went out of the paper as I unevenly branched out.
  • There maybe mind mapping apps you can download on your phone. I have tried one called “Mindly” which is a great app. But I can tell you from experience that our thought process isn’t as good compared to writing on a paper. I prefer paper and always use it.
  • Adjoin small description along with the topic/subtopic. That way you can solely concentrate only on the main points as you branch out.

Conclusion

Mind mapping is an effective way to organize your thoughts and ideas. There are no doubts about it. One thing I have learned about mind mapping is that you actually learn more trying to do so.

Once your mind mapping phase is complete, you are automatically ready to write your blog post, essay or whatever you were trying to do. You are less blurry as you sharpen your ideas. You have a logical structure in your mind and can easily present it.

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