> Start with a project brief. This provides a sense of structure, or boundaries of a project or concept, to work within.
> Don’t shrink your thinking. Galiano recommends using paper so you can refer to the mind-map later. Use paper bigger than the standard legal size so you’ll have a bigger canvas to think and connect freely.
> Start with a single color. Galiano prefers to use black ink to start, and then goes back and uses different colors to organize and group different pieces. “Later you can create a color key for yourself and highlight relevant parts,” she says. “If you start using different colors, you prematurely organize information instead of it being totally free-flowing.”
> Set a time limit. Mind-mapping can be done in as little as 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour. This outside-the-box thinking is a good way to break up the workday.
> Involve other parties. Other people bring perspectives you may not have considered. You’ll be challenged to see a problem or project from a different point of view.
> Identify high-level divisions. With information you’re organizing, consider the most pressing obligations, such as resources, budget, timeline, involved departments, or deliverables.