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Last year sometime I got really into the concept of mind mapping – a visual way of working out problems, laying down scenarios, making lists… lots of things really.

In August 2007 I gave it my first real go, when I thought I’d apply it to my music and how I might be more focused / make a greater success of what I was trying to achieve with it. Things were in a bit of turmoil musically around that period, and I wondered if the mind mapping might help?

So, armed with a large sheet of paper, a pack of multi-coloured felt pens (colours are supposed to really help the mapping process), a pot of tea and a nice table by the river in my favourite café, I set-to and came up with the diagram as below. It may not be particularly legible in the photo (particularly as i got a bit carried away and stained the whole page with the left over tea!) but it certainly served to highlight a few areas for me to work on.

Music Mindmap 2007

Music Mindmap 2007

So, nearly a year and half later, I felt things had moved on as far as they might musically, so I wondered if it was time to revisit the mind mapping process and see if I came up with some new things – or indeed if the things I had written down last time were still relevant?

Blank piece of paper, pens (and tea!) Feb 2009

Blank piece of paper, pens (and tea!) Feb 2009

Equipped with another piece of paper and a new set of pens (as seen above, 80p well spent in Wilkinsons!), here is the new result:

Music Mind Map, Fed 2009

Music Mind Map, Fed 2009

So did I discover anything by going though the process again? Certainly it’s not as pretty (!), but it’s a lot more focused. I think there are about the same number of possibilities on there, but they are a lot more structured and certainly some immediate priorities / areas of activity really stood out. All in all, it was a great process – I now just need to actually get on with some of it and make things happen!

I think revisiting the same subject  in the same way in another six months or so would be very beneficial – my only concern is that I bet Hendrix never sat down and did this sort of thing!!??  (he just turned the Marshall up to 11 and got on with it!!)

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