Are you telling me that Leonardo Da Vinci was Mind Mapping?

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Vitruvian Man

Answer to the question in headline is one big YES!

Mind mapping is one of my favorite topics, but by spending way too much time in front of my computer, I lost this habit. I only refer to it, as a sort of barrage of thoughts when I brainstorm new ideas. I can only remember the days when I was carefully mind mapping my thoughts for exams and tests back in the high school days. I was making them as colorful and vivid as I could.

That was my way of procrastinating back then, instead of doing actual crude school work. What was amazing about it is that I actually learned way more than I would with simple reading. Making colorful notes and rehashing that kind of knowledge made me remember way better, so while I was enjoying drawing, I actually made quite an improvement in my learning process. Having something you created yourself praticularly for you was drawing you to look at it back again and admire a creation of your own. That way drawing combined with note taking and studying became something that helped me a lot to push though one of the hardest high schools in Serbia.

Mind mapping concept is widely accepted by people who are primarily right brained. Right brained people are creative to an extent, although become distracted easily, and can’t keep up with the pace of the crude structure. Teachers at schools call right brained kids, dyslexic, and not competent for studying. This is the biggest issue of our educational system. It’s flawed; because we got used to that left brain learning is the only way to go. In most of the schools here, people aren’t putting emphasis on the artistic kids.

The third kind of people are ambidextrous. They are using both hemispheres of their brains equally, but usually all of them tender to one side or another. Most of geniuses are ambidextrous. Some of them are leaning to the right side, like Leonardo Da Vinci.

While others tend to fall to the Left Side, like Albert Einstein. If you take a look at their notes, you can immediatly recognize the difference in their styles.

So some main points when you are mind mapping are to take liberty to take notes the way it feels most natural to you. Don’t feel bad if you are making mistakes and if it doesn’t look all that neat and tidy. Those notes are made for you, so don’t worry about anyone else reading them. Even from the ugliest mind map, you can pull a lot of information, just because you drew it. Leonardo didn’t care much about his mirror handwriting only he could understand. So you shouldn’t worry about that either.

Since we don’t live in Leonardo’s age anymore, one great way of capturing your notes is via Evernote. I like to take my handwritten notes into digital form, and make them searchable. That way I can carry them around with me in my cell phone all the time, thus making them endlessly useful.

Mind mapping is a powerful technique. I hope you are encouraged to use it properly, because that way you will get most out of yourself. It will require a lot of “unproductive time” in developing your midnset, that taking libery of taking notes “the way you feel”, will immedaitly make you feel way more different. If you have any questions about mind mapping make sure to leave them in the comments. If you liked this article, please consider liking it on Facebook, thank you.

Comments

  1. says

    This is fascinating. I’ve been an avid mind mapper myself for years – both on paper and when vision casting. Have you ever used http://bubbl.us ? It’s a great too for collaborative team mind mapping.

    Bojan, it’s cool how you mapped this skill-set to some great thought leaders. The human mind is amazing.

    Cheers to brilliance,
    Marcelle

    • says

      Hey Marcelle,

      great to have you here and that you enjoyed reading the article! I know about bubbl.us, but I am not a fan of digitalized creation of mind maps, it doesn’t feel natural and free. There is no sense of freedom in it, as I do have with colored paper and pencil. I know that some people are using it and find it enjoyable, but not my cup of tea 🙂

  2. says

    Hi Bojan,

    I followed the link back from the comment you made on my site. Haa Haa, my latest post was on mind mapping too… small world.

    Nice post on being flexible with mind mapping. I agree… it’s all about making the tools work for the person, and not the other way around.

    I used to use Evernote, but found that the iPhone app wasn’t updating the information (about a year ago), and I ended up losing notes. I eventually gave up on it. The web site works great, but my app problems killed the experience for me.

    @Dreamosity: I think some online tools like bubbl.us work great for collaborating with others. That’s mostly what I’ve used them for.

  3. says

    Hi Bojan,

    I followed the link back from the comment you made on my site. Haa Haa, my latest post was on mind mapping too… small world.

    Nice post on being flexible with mind mapping. I agree… it’s all about making the tools work for the person, and not the other way around.

    I used to use Evernote, but found that the iPhone app wasn’t updating the information (about a year ago), and I ended up losing notes. I eventually gave up on it. The web site works great, but my app problems killed the experience for me.

    Dreamosity: I think some online tools like bubbl.us work great for collaborating with others. That’s mostly what I’ve used them for.

    • says

      I believe you should try Evernote again. Team behind it, is putting godzillian effort into improving it on monthly basis. There are still some flaws, but I am certain they will be polished in the future.

      Thank you again for dropping by Kevin, hope to see you around.

    • says

      Hey Peter,

      I couldn’t claim that I am purely left handed, but my handwriting is dominantly left handed, while all other things I am acomplishing while using right hand. Which kinda puts me into ambidextrous category 🙂

  4. says

    I’m taking notes, always. “Little Black Book, ” as I call my agenda, is always with me. I have about twenty of them so far, and all are neatly arranged in drawers. And I like handwritten notes. Matter of choice. There is no better way to improve efficiency, whatever you do. We can call it by different names, but their purpose is the same: to remind us what is really important, not just what’s urgent.
    The best article on this site so far. Right to the point.

  5. says

    Bojan, nice one brother!

    Mind-mapping is an awesome strategy and like you, I used it a lot during my school and college years. I still use it nowadays to be effective but not as much as I used to.

    Evernote is an awesome tool. I agree with you there!

    Thanks for the great insights man!

  6. Nastemag says

    Really enjoyed reading that I have a serious problem with controlling my creativity I think about so much different stuff I can never concentrate on any practical work. I would be doing a simple task and my mind would wonder of into oblivion its a curse when you can’t control it. When im doing any boring/practical like any everyday task for example I have to be listening to music or I would get distracted in my thoughts instantly.

  7. Vic Gee says

    Wish I could find some example of da Vinci mind mapping.  Seen the claim before, but no one who makes the claim shows an example….. Looking for one for my history of mind mapping page:

    • says

      Hey Vic, it’s really simple. Nobody claims that he was mind mapping in the form that we are doing it today. (Altough many people claim to Mind Map, while they are far from it). If you look at any of his notes you will notice that his notes resemble that mind pattern that helps us remember things.

      You will figure it out, just by checking any of his notes, I am sure…

      • Vic Gee says

        Oh, I see – you mean he was making notes that included diagrams.  I don’t call that mind mapping myself.

      • says

        Not a point of view, it’s based on lack of evidence.  Or perhaps you have some you’re keeping from us. 

        Drawings of machinery aren’t mind maps or every engineer is a mind mapper.  Einstein’s notes show equations.  If they are mind maps, every mathematician is a mind mapper.

        Show us the real evidence.

        • says

          @twitter-15720449:disqus Both of your arguments are flawed.  Those pictures aren’t a proof that Leonardo was Mind Mapper.  In order to understand why Leonardo is, you have to get out of the box and actually see mind maps for what they really are.
          Leonardo didn’t have to call it mind map, we can call it chicken pox, or any other name, that you fancy.  But the end result is the same, he was sketching his ideas and taking notes in a form that’s close to the way he is thinking, which is creatively.

          The whole point of this post is to expand consciousness of note taking.  It’s free style, and if you do it how it feels natural to you, as opposed to what you learned at school, you are ACTUALLY mind mapping.

          You might call it chicken poxing, but the idea and concept behind it are the same. 

          • says

            You say my arguments are flawed but fail to point out how. Instead you say “Those pictures aren’t a proof that Leonardo was Mind Mapper.”  I’m so glad you agree with me.

            But now I realize I am arguing with Humpty Dumpty “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”  

            Mind maps, structured note taking, enhancing notes with visual thinking and sketching are all useful for understanding and learning, but “mind mapping” has a well understood meaning.  You’re distorting the meaning to suit your link-bait ends. 

            Oh and thanks for the two irrelevant facts about Leonardo.  They’re well-known and didn’t advance your case a lot, did they?