100 Reasons to Mind Map

by on August 28, 2009
in Mind Map Ideas


100 examples of how you can use mindmapping whether completely new to mind maps or a seasoned pro.

I hope the list helps generate ideas for you.

100 Reasons to Mind Map

1. Explore a subject
2. Study & learn a new topic, culture or country
3. Plan your schedules
4. Innovate & invent
5. Create new ideas
6. Expand existing ideas
7. Tap your unique talents
8. Increase your brain power
9. Consolidate your existing knowledge
10. Summarise your skills
11. Plan your career
12. Plan your life
13. Plan your learning
14. Outline your business or a potential new business
15. Outline your writing
16. Outline your hobbies
17. Study, learn & pass exams
18. Boost your memory
19. Manage your day/week/month/year
20. Unlock your potential
21. Solve problems
22. Increase motivation
23. Take notes & create overviews
24. Develop your creative thinking
25. Plan presentations
26. Plan speeches
27. Fire up your imagination
28. Clarify your thoughts
29. Simplify your life
30. Summarise your budget
31. Create targets
32. Teach others
33. Improve thinking skills
34. Control time management
35. Plan story writing
36. Self-investigation
37. Plan an event
38. Summarise books
39. Plan recipes
40. Explore your past
41. Contemplation & relaxation
42. Researching
43. Planning your retirement
44. Freeing up your mind
45. Planning a party
46. Learn a new language
47. Plan your medications
48. Take meeting minutes
49. Explore existing knowledge
50. Map out your interests
51. Create instruction templates
52. Summarise humour & fun
53. Investigate what makes you happy
54. Investigate what makes you unhappy
55. Devise checklists
56. Analyse your dreams
57. Create acronyms for memorisation
58. Discover what you want to do with your life
59. Plan a blog post
60. Use as a therapy
61. Organise & bring order to daily life
62. Map out a holiday
63. Summarise an event or concert
64. Plan a website
65. Pinpoint your values
66. Unlock associations
67. Delve into your family tree
68. Plan your reading material
69. Organise house or business materials & paint colours/codes
70. Log car improvements
71. Pinpoint your goals
72. Categorise your Music CD’s & DVD’s
73. Discover new combinations
74. Outline daily tasks
75. Create teaching overviews
76. Plan & present your resume
77. Family planning & year summaries
78. Investigate lessons learnt from failures
79. Find your unique personal qualities
80. Research inspiring & successful people
81. Categorise crops, plants & flowers in your garden
82. Summarise content of videos/DVD’s/Films/Talks/Speeches
83. Organise your favourite books
84. Organise your favourite websites
85. Explore potential answers to world problems
86. Stretch imagination & fantasy
87. Log home improvements
88. Plan foods & diets
89. Meal planning
90. Unearth hidden talents
91. Plan exercise regime
92. Explore the lives of geniuses
93. Research your idols
94. Research a business or niche
95. Create a journal of self discovery
96. Create a log of valuables & possessions, antiques & values
97. Log personal challenges
98. Take charge of your emotions & plan positive action
99. Plan Birthday & Christmas gifts
100. Organise your life

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17 Responses to “100 Reasons to Mind Map”
  1. This is a great list Paul.
    It would be interesting to see if you could fit all of these onto one Mind Map 😉

    You actually identified several interesting uses for Mind Maps that I never considered before. It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities.


  2. Paul says:

    Hi Adam

    I did contemplate creating the list as a Mind Map in a similar fashion to the 100 Uses for Mind Maps http://www.mindmapinspiration.com/100-uses-for-mind-maps-mind-map-paul-foreman/ although I decided a list might encourage more non-mindmappers to have a go at mindmapping.

    Perhaps one day I may transfer the list to a mind map. It would probably then expand quickly beyond the 100 :)

  3. I think it was a good choice Paul. I love the list. And I suppose that given a little more time it could no doubt grow to well over 100 Reasons.

  4. Ahildao says:

    A very very useful article. So many ideas to learn and apply.

  5. Paul says:

    Hi Ahildao

    Thanks for your appreciation :)

  6. Paul says:

    Thanks Roberta :)

  7. Matthew Lang says:

    Good call using a list to entice people to mind mapping Paul. 10 branches of 10 might have been a bit much for some people!

    I can’t believe I’m saying it, but sometimes a list is the way to go for some things.

  8. Paul says:

    Thanks Matthew

    I agree and the list presents 100 opportunities to create Mind Maps :)

  9. Susanne says:

    Another great bit of work Paul. Always inspiring.

    I think your choice of a list in this case is good, as you say, this is aimed at those not already converted about the use of mind mapping.

    Those already converted would be best asked “When don’t you use mind maps?”

  10. Paul says:

    Thanks Susanne; and a great question :)

  11. Alison says:

    I used to find mind maps really had to cope with. I have always been good at making lists but for some reason mind maps were a mystery. They always left me feeling confused.

    That was before I found Adam Sicinski’s IQ Matrix. Now I can really appreciate just how beautiful and affective Mind Maps are.

    It’s good to see how I can use it with the 100 list. I was having trouble visualizing it as a mind map. Seeing is believing. Thanks

  12. Paul says:

    Hi Alison

    Yes, Adam’s Blog is excellent – here is a link to one of his posts for any other readers out there new to mindmapping –

    How to Mind Map: A Beginner’s Guide http://blog.iqmatrix.com/mind-map/how-to-mind-map-a-beginners-guide

    Thanks for your comments Alison :)

  13. this list is very helpful.
    open my eyes wide.
    i teach mind map, but I haven’t break down the uses list this lot.

    Thanx a lot :)

  14. Paul says:

    Thanks Anwari :)

  15. Monzur Sadeque says:

    Dear Paul

    I am a fan of Mind map since 2007.Yet, I did not know your website till today.
    Thank you very much to make this thinking process more popular and useful for the world community. God bless you.

  16. Paul says:

    Thanks Monzur :)

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