I think you are correct about the mind maps. Tools, checklists, planners. They are all different views about the same thing. If you think about it in terms of mind maps it could mean having a sequential progression of steps to get from where you are to where you want to be. (ie youre mind map has a connected set of items from current state to goal.
Lets say you wanted to build a deck, It wouldn't help to to go to the hardware store and start buying supplies unless you had already drawn up plans, a budget, and obteined the necessary permits.
having lists means you've already created the map, the lists just help you remember the stops along the way.