Ryan Holiday explains “The Notecard System: The Key For Remembering, Organizing And Using Everything You Read.”
This system may work in the physical world (I respect that if you need everything to be physical for some reason). I see all this possible as a digital mind map to minimize duplication (it is just a link or lines drawn to the same dot), less rewriting, simpler organization that travels with you anywhere and easier categorization for those comfortable using digital tools.
I find it interesting to watch people squirm while I explain how I do this using digital tools as they still have a reluctance (resistance) in giving up their legacy methods using paper due to their own comfort zones. If they don’t want to change and get out of their own (way) comfort zone, it is their own problem to solve.
I prefer tools and information to follow me anywhere/anytime rather than going to where it is all physically located in order to review/iterate it. Especially since new ideas are fleeting, need to be captured (vs. vanish with memory) and get linked to other ideas/needs at some point.
Yes, one of the tools I use is digital mind mapping. Not on a paper, but rather fully editable ideas. I find it a good tool for forming and dissecting ideas. Before creating an outline for a book, I start with a mind map. As I continue existing projects, I mind map them.
Mind mapping helps create dots (ideas) and connect those dots (drawing lines/relations) such as:
- related articles (links)
- related images (links to drawings, photos, infographics whether they are mine in Google Drive or from the internet)
Then, it becomes clearer to see what gaps are there and which gaps you want to fill.
Once you are comfortable with scope (self-imposed limits) of ideas you want to cover (and what you don’t want to cover), it is easier to form an outline for writing a book.
I also use mind mapping to cover who and what topics I have covered with my podcast interviews and what I want to do in the future.
Here is a list of mind mapping tools you can use (free or paid). I happen to use Mind Meister.
And that is how I use mind mapping. How do you use mind mapping?