Goal setting templates are structures where people often base planning. If you have disjointed ideas, you can benefit a lot from these templates. Through the templates, you can easily organize such ideas but the problem is, you will need to sacrifice a degree of creative thinking and imagination. If you’re looking for an interesting component to set your goals, the templates together with mind mapping will do you good.
The origins of mind mapping are still considered debatable but due to the efforts of Tony Buzan, a British psychologist, it has become extremely popular for about 30 years now. Some people say that Tony Buzan can be considered as the father of mind mapping, but as mentioned earlier, the origin is still debatable.
How do you go about mind mapping? On a blank page, you can put the central word or topic at the center. This is where mind mapping begins. From the central word or topic, you can generate ideas. By making use of associative thinking, keywords can branch off from the central word/topic to related areas.
For example, you’re trying to decide on what career path you need to follow. In this situation, the center word will be ‘careers’. Let your imagination rein free so that you can generate concepts and connecting words. Soon enough, you’ll see that from the word ‘career’, you can branch off to corporate, overseas, expatriate, to Asia and other nations.
In a template exclusively designed for goal setting, mind mapping will be used to tap into potential ideas that never crossed your mind when you were using the conventional format of linear note. There still exists structure because the mind maps will allow you to use single keywords with branching lines so that you can identify linkage relationships. You will see this as you add new words or ideas on the screen or paper.