Jamie Nast is the author of "Idea Mapping" published by John Wiley & Sons. The book is available in the Business/Economics section of bookstores. Jamie has trained over 15,000 people world-wide to be more creative, more productive and better learners.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Hint #4 - How Much Detail Should I Put in My Idea Map?

Nearly every workshop participant struggles with this question at some point. Here are some suggestions.
  • Before starting your map, determine the purpose of your map. Your purpose will be the main driver in the amount of detail you collect. (For example, is the map for you or will it be shared? Are you doing a brainstorm or is this information you need to learn/memorize? Will you be tested on the information?)
  • Only include enough detail to enable you to remember the information you need. Often we include too much detail because we don't trust our memories.
  • A picture can represent a thousand words, so remember to include them as well.

If you have a question or a struggle with your Idea Maps, reply to this post or send an email to info@ideamappingsuccess.com.

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