Why Is Using Colour So Important When Mind Mapping?

If ever you have been on a Mind Mapping course or read one of Tony Buzan’s numerous books on how to Mind Map you will probably know that using colour is a key part of the technique.

If you have never been on a Mind Mapping course or not read any of the many books on the subject and this is your first investigation into finding out what these Mind Map thingys are, then using colour is very important.

So why is using colour important when Mind Mapping?

Well in short there are a number of reasons:

1. Colour tends to be processed by the right side of the brain and by introducing it into your Mind Maps you are stimulating more of your brain than if you just used one colour (thereby getting more from your mind).

2. Having different coloured branches on your Mind Map will help you differentiate the different themes/topics/ideas (making it easier to understand).

3. Having differentiated the themes/ideas etc with the colour you now have another “hook” on which to remember and recall them� “What was the blue branch about again?”

4. Using colour makes the Mind Map far more interesting to look at and therefore much more engaging (important if you are Mind Mapping a tedious or boring topic)

5. The addition of colour in the Mind Mapping process introduces an element of “fun” into the thinking activity which makes it more enjoyable.

How Colour Makes Mind Maps Effective

Children of course just love using colour when they Mind Map and don’t need any excuse to get out the felt tip pens. It really does help engage them in what they are doing.

Adults on the other hand sometimes find using colour a little “childish” because it reminds them of being back at school. Some even see it as a step back in their thinking development rather than a huge leap forward in their thinking abilities. I have met many people who have done a Mind Map course, who still do their Mind Mapping but have gone back to using either a black or blue pen.

Now if you read some of my previous posts, you will see that I firmly believe that it is the process of Mind Mapping that makes it so powerful and NOT the pretty picture that is the end result. So doing a Mind Map in monotone (or monotonously as Tony Buzan likes to refer to it) will still give you tremendous benefits.


Use colour and you will get even more from it for the reasons that I have given above.

So get out your plain paper, dust off your old colouring pens (or buy some new ones) and start enjoying the massive benefits of creating coloured Mind Maps.

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