For example, have you ever had a problem where the answer always seemed to be just out of your grasp? You've check all the books and the answers you've come up with are technically right but...it's just not what you're looking for. This might be a great time to use some creative problem solving strategies. Stop looking at the books and look into the corners of your mind and you might be surprised with what you come up with.
Sometimes all those good solutions that come from creativity can get lost in the chaos if we don't have some form of organization. But too much organization can put a halt to the creativity. So, how do you let the creativity flow and still hold on to enough organization that you are able to get the great ideas that come from it? One of the best ways to do this is with mind mapping.
Mind mapping can be informal and drawn on paper or it can be more formal and done with a computer program. The above example is fairly informal and definitely creative. But it helps you to take a big idea and break it down into smaller ideas. Or it can help you to take a problem and break it down in to several possible solutions and even the possible outcomes. It allows you to be creative but when you want to get the best ideas from it you are able to because you can follow the train of thought along the various paths.
While this second example is more structured it still allows for creativity and gives you the ability to visualize the possibilities.
So, when you need to think outside of the box and come up with new ways of doing things and new ways to visualize mind mapping can be very effective. It makes organized chaoe possible!