4 Steps to Creating Your Introspective Mind Map

Who are you right now?

When was the last time you actually thought about it?

Let’s think about it right now.

This time of year is always ripe with introspection.

Creating an introspective mind map of who you are right now is an exceptional way to dive into the things that matter most to you and your life.

The skeleton structure of the mind map allows you to start broad (you/your name) and get more specific as you continue to branch out.

Step #1: Get a sheet of paper

Any sheet of paper will do. Blank paper is best.

I like using a sheet of 8.5×11 heavier-weight white paper, turned landscape. You can use computer paper, notebook paper, whatever you have on hand. By turning the paper landscape (wider than taller) you’ll have an easier time branching out later on.

Just grab a sheet of paper and get started.

Step #2: Put your name right in the center

This is about you. Write your name in big letters, right in the middle.

I also like to put a big circle/oval around my name so my branching looks neater, but YMMV. This is also a great time to decide if everything is going to be in a single color or if you’re going to grab your colored pens and get creative.

There are no wrong choices here.

Step #3: Draw lines out from your name & write a few traits

Start with 4-5 lines coming out of the center of your name and write down the first traits that come to mind, here are a few examples:

Age, Location/Hometown, Gender, Relationships, Race, Sexuality, Abilities/Disabilities, Job, Fandoms/Loves… (This list could go on forever).

Just pick a few and go.

Step #4: Branch out from there

Start with one of the traits you wrote down. Get specific and think about that trait and who you are right now. Write down the details in smaller lines branching out from the trait.

Go into as much detail as you have room for. And repeat this for each of the traits that you wrote down.

Fill up your introspective mind map page until you feel like you’re complete or you’ve run out of room!

Here’s an example I made a little while back.

I hope this exercise gives you some insights into who you are right now.

And I hope you have a great time using this information in your future writing, scrapbooking, storytelling, or just knowing how awesome of a human you are.

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