Just about everyone can say that, at one time or another, you’ve had some sort of creative project stall on you. For whatever reason, the creative process often feels like going against the grain, and it’s for this reason that we’ll take whatever help we can get.
Toward this cause, Mark Dykeman has released an ebook called Unstuck, Focused and Organized Using Mind Mapping!. His approach to the classic technique of mind mapping is straightforward and easy to understand. Rather than pioneering new methods of charting your thoughts onto paper, he simply highlights the strengths of mind mapping to organize elusive ideas, solve writer’s block, and help move forward whatever project has you stuck in the weeds.
Dykeman’s writing style is clear and concise. Throughout Unstuck, he returns to the story of Sarah, a frustrated employee who uses mind mapping to move her life forward. This helps us take the information and envision how it plays out in a real world situation. “In some ways, your mind is like a jungle,” states Dykeman, so figuring out where to start on your book, hobby, entrepreneurial endeavor, or painting is often the biggest hurdle. Mind maps can help, even if you only end up keeping a portion of the resultant charts and scribbles.
Overall, Unstuck plays out more as a defense of mind mapping than an instructional guide. The methodology most of us are already familiar with still holds up today. But don’t worry, in case you’re completely unfamiliar with the process, Dykeman will walk you through it. All that’s absolutely required is a pen and paper, even though there’s plenty of software out there to aid in the process.
Mind mapping has a proven history, and whether you choose to implement its principles in a complex or simple manner, it can help you on your creative project. These are the resounding notes of Dykeman’s ebook. It’s a fairly quick read, and definitely worth the time if you’re willing to try something new to increase your creativity and see faster results.