Mind maps or concept maps are a great way to break out of well-worn thought patterns, broaden your aperture and discover new ways to see (really see) and connect aspects of your world. While we use this tool to explore associations within complex problems, there are so many other relevant uses. The reason we love mind mapping is that the act of creating a mind map builds nonlinear thinking and hardwires new connection in your brain. Just the act of doing it, is a workout for your brain!
We like this article for its thoroughness in exploring this tool, offering applicable examples and recommendations.