At Last Most Of The Research Is Over

Having got over my worst nightmare and completed enough research to carry on, I am now entering the world of mindmaps and mindmapping.

Research is one of those things I find you either love or hate. For me unfortunately it is the latter. I say unfortunately because it is so necessary if you are going to know your subject to the best of your ability.

In some respects research is never finished particularly when you are dealing with the internet. Progress is made on a daily basis and so to keep up with everything research also needs to be ongoing, but thankfully not to the intensity required for the initial research.

So what is a mindmap or mindmapping? I suppose the best way to describe it is: you are planning your subject in intimate detail, but only by subject headlines and sub headlines. It gives you something to refer back to when you are developing your product(s). You can of course add to it at any time if you think of something at a later date that you want to include.

An extremely simple mindmap would be a list of the chapters in a book for example. The mindmap would expand as you think of all the sub headings you would want the chapter to cover. This is just in the simple form but there are many books on the subject of mindmapping.

Because your mindmap is going to be so important to you it needs to be as thorough as you can make it. As your project develops other ideas may spring to mind and need to be included on your mindmap.

Your initial mindmap is not set in stone and can be changed as time goes on, but if you do it when the mind is in the right set then you are likely to be able to use your mindmap long after you set up the original idea.

There are programs available to help you with setting out your mindmap. These can prove to be very useful for your first and any other set ups you wish to do. If you are for some reason not able to complete the project when you first set out all your ideas will still be there when you come back to it.

Apart from some possible updates because of changes that have happened while you were not doing the project, you will still have all the basics there to carry on from where you left off.

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