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Mind Mapping For Dummies by Tony Buzan, Florian Rustler

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Step 4: Structuring ideas

You can now use Mind Mapping to start to give structure to the left-over ideas and arrange them according to meaningful criteria.

To make this easier for you I recommend that you first add some main branches to your central idea and call them ‘Category 1’, ‘Category 2’, and so on (see Figure 16-9).

Figure 16-9: Adding categories.

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Arrange the ideas from similar standpoints and then give the categories names. You now have a structured overview of selected ideas (see Figure 16-10).

Now you can consider whether there are further ideas you haven’t yet thought of for the established categories or whether there are more categories that would make sense here.

As you can see, Mind Mapping can be a creative process as it helps with sorting and structuring ideas. However, as a creative technique for generating ideas, Mind Mapping leaves a lot to be desired.

Figure 16-10: Completed layout of ideas.

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