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Reasons Why Mind Mapping Helps with Career Development

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Wikipedia describes mind maps as follows: A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those major ideas. Mind maps can also be drawn by hand.

When used properly, a mind map can help you better understand your thoughts and come up with new ideas in a meaningful way.

In today’s fast-paced business environment, you need every edge you can get, and mind mapping serves as a powerful tool for helping you brainstorm, formulate business plans, and make decisions.

For the uninitiated, a mind map is a visual aid used to represent various ideas and concepts. When used properly, a mind map can help you better understand your thoughts and come up with new ideas in a meaningful way. In short, it’s an incredibly handy technique.

Check out these advantages mind mapping can bring to your career.

Mind Mapping Simplifies Complex Problems

The complexity and pace of work today makes it easy to see why mind mapping is an essential tool. According to a 2017 survey, 92 percent of respondents replied that the technique empowers them to “distill information and reach clarity faster,” which is undeniably handy in any profession.

Whether you’re working on a project roadmap or desperately trying to brainstorm new ideas before a meeting, mind mapping can help you rapidly visualize the nitty-gritty of big to-dos without losing sight of the big picture.

Mind Mapping Can Help You Retain Information

Sometimes information can go in one ear and out the other. It’s a time-waster, not to mention annoying to have to go over the information again. So, if you want to improve your ability to recall information, try mind mapping. It’s an effective study technique that can help boost retention rates by anywhere from 10 to 15 percent. Retaining information better can make you better in your role.

Mind Mapping Can Make You More Productive

As we mentioned earlier, you need every edge you can get in your career, and mind mapping can very well be your secret weapon when it comes to getting more done than your peers. According to the above 2017 survey, using mind mapping software has been shown to help executives improve their productivity by up to 30 percent. What’s more, 30 percent of respondents from the survey noted that mind mapping helps them save anywhere from three to seven hours each week. Imagine what you could get done with an extra seven hours back in your week.

Mind Mapping Can Improve Your Writing Abilities

Writing is one of the more underrated professional skills out there, but being able to convey your thoughts in a clear and concise way can streamline communication and help mitigate confusion. Mind mapping can help you better organize ideas in your writing, which is what the findings of this study reflect.

Mind Mapping Can Help Unleash Your Creativity

Spark your creative side with a mind map. Whether you are stumped or looking for new projects to begin, mind mapping has been shown to promote divergent thinking. It’s one of the biggest benefits of mind mapping, according to this study.

Overall, most careers largely depend on how well you can retain, recall, and organize information, and mind mapping can give you a huge leg up in these areas.

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You can view the full original article by StackCommerce in partnership with Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, at: https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/taxes/five-reasons-why-mind- -helps-with-career-development