Mind mapping is a technique to keep a track of your thoughts and ideas through sketches and words that represent the flow of your mind when you are thinking. It can as simple as how your brain went from thinking about the local caf?o the great movie you saw last summer. The caf?ad a poster of the movie when you last visited and hence you thought of that movie. Or else it could be a complex process through which you realized that your company's product could be effectively advertised in a particular niche.
Whatever your thoughts are, retaining them or remembering them is equally important and mind mapping can help you here. What you need to do is to cultivate a few habits so that whatever you read, see or hear, remains in your memory for a long time to come. Photographic memory is a rare gift and nothing can give you that kind of retention. But every one who has a great memory is not born with it; they have trained themselves to remember things better than other people.
There are many memory devices that are used by people for remembering facts and figures and these include things like mnemonics and rhymes. However, mind mapping can help you remember things even better because when you are using mind maps you are actively creating a flow of thought that is associating itself with the idea or fact that you are trying to remember.
One sure way to improve your memory is to improve your listening skills. Listening with deep concentration is very essential to remember what is being said. If you are putting in an effort into listening, you are automatically engaging a greater part of your brain into the lecture, presentation or the conversation. Have a mind map planner handy and you can instantly start to associate the key phrases and terms on paper and thus make sure that you remember right from that point.
Another very important skill to develop is your reading skill. I cannot emphasize enough on how important a skill this is. When you are reading something, you are using a large chunk of your brain by using your vision and processing it to understand written or printed words. Due to this factor, you have a better opportunity to memorize something written and visual instead of just something you have only just heard. What you need to do now is to create a mind map of the logical flow of the items that you are reading. By doing this you will be engaging your brain and immediately recalling what you have only just read. You will also be processing the ideas that you have just absorbed. This will really help you improve your memory.
These are two of the most important ways through which you can improve your memory and you will find many basic methods of improving both of these areas using mind maps. Having a good mind map planner in front of you when you are doing this is very important. It helps you make the process more efficient and effective.
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