If you are like me then you may struggle with your thought organized. My mind tends to be going 90 miles an hour at all times. I struggle with getting my brain to slow down long enough to utilize positive thoughts to propel me forward.
I recently came across a cool new technique called mind mapping. So today’s journal prompt is all about mind mapping. It’s a great way to focus on your thoughts and develop them into positive ways to promote growth and achieve your goals.
“The soul never thinks without a mental image” -Aristotle
What is a Mind Map:
Mind maps are a visual way to look at your thoughts. You can put your thoughts onto paper and then build off of them to organize yourself and utilize your best thoughts in your life better. It’s a really simple process that can be used for a variety of different things.
These have been used in business, creative writing classes, counseling, and many more situations. The process is really easy and it’s a great way to use your mind to move your forward.
So let’s get started on today’s journal prompt. Come up with a thought or idea or even a goal that you have been working on lately.
- Losing 50 pounds (goal).
- I would like to take a painting class (idea).
- I have a dream of being a trainer (thought).
Now right that in the center of the page and circle it. If you are a bullet journaler this is a really fun way to get creative. These maps can be colorful, include drawings, add stickers, almost like a vision board.
Now spend about 15-20 minutes just thinking about the item you circled. Ask yourself some questions about this concept.
- Why is this important to me?
- What do I need to do about this item?
- What are my goals?
- What are my next steps?
- What are the key elements behind this item?
Take the key elements and make them into branches off of the main circle. You can circle each of these as well.
I am working on exercising more in my life so that is what my mind map is about. My branches are goals, trainers, inspiration, and activities.
Now for each of those branches come up with 3-4 steps or mini-goals for each one. What do you need to with each one of those branches to expand on your original idea?
One of my branches was activities so for that branch, I might put things like walking, water aerobics, yoga, etc.
The final step is using your map to improve yourself. Take another 15-20 minutes to review your map. Think about how you could use this information to improve. Use it to help you make or edit your goals. Add to things you are already doing. Take action steps to get moving on these things. It’s a great way to motivate your plans.