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Mind map template

Organize ideas into a structured mind map diagram

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Use the mind map template to organize information and ideas into a hierarchy and create a visual map of associations and connected ideas. Give your team space to brainstorm, collaborate, and visually structure your ideas in real-time. 

Start by adding a central theme or topic in the center of your canvas, then branch out associated ideas into sub-topics and related ideas. Mind maps help capture and organize thoughts, making complex information more manageable and easily digestible.

Mind map template benefits

  • Visualize complex ideas and concepts in real-time
  • Conduct a collaborative brainstorming session with a team
  • Create an easy-to-understand infographic for a complex idea
  • Gain clarity and improve creative thinking

How to use the free mind map template

In this section detail each step of the process in using the Mural template. These steps may be taken directly from the template itself.

1. Pick your main topic

Start by determining the main topic of your mind map. Once you’ve identified the primary focus, write it down in the center of your mind map. You’ll build on this topic for the rest of the exercise.

The main topic could be a problem you want to solve, a project you’re working on, or any subject you wish to explore in-depth. Be sure to invite collaborators that might be able to share expertise or unique insight.

2. Add branches for sub-topics

Think of related themes or details that are relevant to the main idea and add branches labeled with those sub-topics.

3. Continue adding branches for the main idea and sub-topics

Extend the mind map with more branches to represent ideas, details, or tasks associated with each sub-topic

4. Customize your mind map diagram

Add sticky notes, images, gifs, and notes to illustrate what the subtopics mean. Be sure to add important context and resources to make the mind map more informative for stakeholders.

5. Review and share your mind map

Review your online mind map, making adjustments as needed and removing elements that might be distracting. Once you have a polished mind map diagram, share it with relevant stakeholders and collect feedback.

Tips for creating a mind map

  • Keep it simple: A simple mind map is a clear mind map. Avoid any unnecessary noise or clutter, and keep ideas concise. If every topic and subtopic in your mind map appears as a full sentence or two, you may need to simplify.
  • Iterate and evolve: As ideas develop and change, revisit and update yoru mind map accordingly. As ideas change, your mind map should change too.‍
  • Add collaborators to help: Turn your mind mapping session into a collaborative exercise by inviting team members to help add ideas and contribute to the mind map. This can help you generate ideas that may not have been obvious to you before.
  • Try different mind map formats: Using different mind map designs or layouts can help you identify new connections between ideas and help you get a better idea of the big picture.

How to create a Mind map template

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