How to Create a Mind Map and Brain Dump in Your Bullet Journal

Hi everyone! Cynthia from @cynthiabujo here. Today I’m going to show you how to create a brain dump and mind map for your bullet journal. These spreads are perfect for organizing different aspects of your life and can be customized to fit your individual needs.

Gather your materials

 

What is a Mind Map?

A mind map is an extremely versatile way to organize ideas, whether it be goals for the month, brainstorming ideas you have for a project, or simply to organize your thoughts. Now, let’s jump into the tutorial to make your own mind map.

 

Mind Map Tutorial

July Goals written in calligraphy with a Mildliner Brush Pen

Step 1: Hand letter the topic of your mind map

Using my Mildliner Brush Pen, I first lettered the topic—I chose July Goals—in the center of the page. I absolutely love these Mildliner Brush Pens because of how flexible the tip is, which makes it super easy to control. These brush pens also have a bullet tip on the opposite end which can be used for faux calligraphy, or for drawing thin lines. Here, I’m using the bullet tip to write “goals.”

 

Mind map bullet journal tutorial

Step 2: Add in your categories

For this mind map, I chose several overarching categories and lettered them using my Zensations Brush Pen, which is perfect for small titles. The brush tip is extremely flexible so it’s super easy to get those thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.

After I lettered the categories, I used Mildliner Highlighters to highlight the titles. I love how the Mildliner Highlighter colors match the Mildliner Brush Pen colors, so of course I had to coordinate the colors!

 

Finished mind map bullet journal spread featuring Zebra Pen products beside notebook

Worldwide, the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen is available in many different point sizes. In the U.S., it is available in a 0.5mm point size in Standard and Milky colors, and 1.0mm in Shiny Colors.

Step 3: Fill in your mind map and add details

Using my Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen, I broke down my categories and wrote several individual and focused goals. This gel pen writes so smoothly and doesn’t smear at all! For some extra details, I used my Sarasa Clip Gel Pen once again and added a shadow to the lettering.

 

Brain Dump Tutorial

Next, we’ll add a brain dump spread to the next page. I absolutely love brain dumps because of their lack of structure—there’s no right or wrong way to create one. They can be used for anything from organizing ideas, to writing down your thoughts, to brainstorming.

Brain dump written in calligraphy in a bullet journal

Step 1: Letter the title

I started by lettering “brain dump” at the top of the page using my Mildliner Brush Pen, and added a shadow using my Sarasa Clip Gel Pen like I did for the mind map.

Brain dump bullet journal spread with an illustrated flower colored in with Zebra Pen Mildliner Highlighters

Step 2: Add doodles

A great way to add more interest to the page is to draw embellishments. I decided to draw a flower in the corner of the page using the Sarasa Clip Gel Pen. Using the bullet tip of the Mildliner Highlighters, I colored in the flower to make it stand out a bit more. I absolutely love the variety of colors the Mildliner Highlighters come in. There’s a color for every occasion.

Completed brain dump bullet journal spread with various Zebra Pen product beside notebook

Step 3: Use your brain dump!

Using a Sarasa Clip Gel Pen and Mildliner Highlighter, I jotted down a few bullet points of tactical goals in my brain dump under each category.

I hope you’re feeling inspired to create your own mind map and brain dump in your bullet journal! For more BUJO-inspired tutorials, check out How to Use a Bullet Journal for Your Self-Care Routine.