Improve Your Memory and Memoir: Cluster Your Thoughts on a Topic

Choose a key word or phrase then write associated ideas and words in clusters around it.

This process inspires connection between ideas often forms new ideas. The process is similar to brainstorming in that as you jot down ideas on a piece of paper using words or short phrases. Use different colored pens as ideas seem to suggest themselves in groups. Don’t bother to organize too neatly because that can impede the flow of ideas. Don’t cross anything out because you can’t tell where an idea will lead you. When you get a few ideas written down, start to group them, using colored circles or whatever. Draw linking lines as connections suggest themselves.

More on this technique in a next post.