I follow David Allen's advice that the connections of things at 30-50K is associative rather than derivative, so I just have a list. My projects at 10K and my goals are all pretty aligned with my areas of focus. Like you, I use Mindmaps for brainstorming and focus, but I find long entries are hard to work with, so I sometimes export to an outline format for further work.
Originally Posted by Steven Edwards
Discussing this topic has made me realize that I should do a mindmap of possible research topics with a 1-5 year time frame. I often do this within a research project to organize and select topics, but goals for my research area of focus tend to be more accomplishment-type outcomes. Thanks for making me think of it!