I never had any teachers etc who encouraged this type of brainstorming on a project, area of focus, whatever. The specifics of what I know are entirely from a few website searches and looking up some older threads here. I'll likely pick up some type of book at my next opportunity though the thread on some of the inconsistancies with Tony Buzan's book make me think I will not read his. I figure when I get a chance I will just do some experimentation with some areas I want to clarify or just "get out of my head". Perhaps because I haven't done this yet (maybe it becomes clear upon application), I have a few questions.
Say I want to mind map my notes from this class I am attending particularly for areas for personal improvement....We are today on the 27th unit and I have a book full of notes. Do you sit down at the end of class and just try mindmap for x amount of time without reviewing notes, do you go through a related section of several topics and then mind map that area....at this point I'd have possibly 5 maps if I did it that way. Or would those of you experienced in this just take out a large sheet of paper and map what you think of as you go through the entire book at the end of the class?
Also how long do you work on a topic? I ask because I've read the first 5-7 minutes are critical, but then do you come back to it as you have other thoughts? Or is it often so successful you have no further thoughts? And my last question has to do with the maps themselves....I hear that a lot of ppl go through them and extract NA out of them (sounds very useful), but do you file the maps away somewhere, or do you toss them at some point? I was considering using large sized drawing pads and don't want to get into a large storage issue, yet I can't imagine throwing it away if it's helpful.
I am also just wondering on the different colors thing. I LOVE the diff colors idea and really see where it could add visual focus, however since I will likely do this on pen and paper taking time to switch colors and such sounds like it might break my concentration on the task at hand. Do you actually switch colors as you go, or go back and highlight in diff colors later?