I couldn't or at least let me say I would not want to go from point a to point z without a mind map of one kind or another.
As a kid I didn't know I was "mind mapping" but I would plan my day/week by making a list of things to do in circles and squares connected by lines.
When I got to college and started taking computer classes (think punch cards) I was introduced to a template that was for making flow charts and I quickly learned that this little tool was great for making my "lists."
I can't remember when I first heard the term "mind map," however I'm certain that it was long before I got my first PC. I loved the term "mind map," as it described perfectly and put a name to what I had been doing for so many years to keep my wandering mind on track for projects from planning a vacation to making a buck.
Sometime around the time I discovered the Warrior Forum I discovered mind mapping programs. My favorite one is freemind, one, because it works and two because it's free.
The things I don't like about mind mapping programs are One, I can't move thoughts around and connect them in different ways without redoing a lot of work, and Two the map is...
You have two choices of "nodes" to put your thoughts in. Bubbles and no bubbles. As far as connecting lines go, there are no choices. You have straight lines and they have to go from thought to thought with no way to connect thought one to thought 25. BORING!
I have been longing for a long time for the "old days" when I mapped my mind using squares, triangles, cylinders, bubbles, and any number of other geometric shapes.
Many Many searches of the term "mind map" have never turned up a program that gave me the freedom to express my mind in a way that is as exciting as the old pencil and paper flow chart method.
Of course, Flow Chart. This morning lightening struck. If I could find a program that would create a flow chart I could probably use it to mindmap.
I googled "free flow chart." That took me to Microsoft where they let me download a free flow chart template that works with exel.
The rest is history. Thanks to freemind for letting me continue to mind map on my PC it was nice, if boring. I will now uninstall freemind and from this day forward let my thoughts "flow."
This method took me about 10 minutes to figure out and it is FUN.
Maybe some other Warriors will like this as a mind mapping method.