The Power of Whole Brain Thinking

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January 28, 2011

As an artist I have been in denial of the left side of my brain for years. Even my grandmother was an enabler with Christmas gifts such as How to Draw from the Right Side of the Brain. The cycle continued and my teachers in grade school knew I was more interested in which sticker I would place next to my name than what the actual assignment was. And to be honest, not much has changed. I still fill in my calendar with multicolored pens and smiley faces, and I still add the occasional sticker. However I have come to accept that at times it is important to suppress my inner artist and embrace my rational side. I’ve found that by marrying my creativity and my rational thought I can accomplish so much more. Using my right brain I can see where I want to go and with my left I see how to get there.

In order to figure out how all of the different projects in my life connect and how in the world I am supposed to get it all done, I make a map! Multiple maps in fact… Each morning I settle into my desk and open up my magical map of all the possible solutions to the day to day issues I face. My magical map has a beautiful background with vibrant colors and images to placate my artistic side; while being able to drag and drop as I please keeps everything organized for my rational side. I have even created a map appropriately named “Hadley’s World” which is exactly what it sounds like… absolutely everything involved in my world. There are branches that correspond to all of my goals in all of the different facets of my life, from health goals to career goals, all the way to personal goals. The map even takes it a step further by breaking each category down to 1, 5, and 10 years. When I look at my world I can see a representation of where I see my life, and by creating progress markers and deadlines, I can map out what exactly I need to be doing now to make it happen.

To see my map of whole brain thinking go to Maps for That and check it out.

Seeing everything as a whole and being able to visualize my future is a whole brain task. I have to admit that if I went wholly with the right brain’s version of the future that it would involve almost too many twists and turns for my liking. However combining the two creates the harmony I believe Goldilocks felt when she had her porridge and sleeping accommodations just right. By adding a dash of the creative to the intellectual, and using MindManager to get there, I know I will be successful at what I do and will enjoy mapping it out along the way.

12 Responses to “The Power of Whole Brain Thinking”

  1. Matt

    Hey Hadley,

    I just read your post and checked out your map. I thought you might be interested in this video from psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist: “describes the real differences between the left and right halves of the human brain. It’s not simply “emotion on the right, reason on the left,” but something far more complex and interesting.”

    This video alone revolutionized my understanding of the brain. Cheers,Matt

  2. Gail

    Hi Hadley…would you consider making a fictionalized version of “Hadley’s World” and adding it as a downloadable map?  It appeals to my left and right brain, but can’t quite “visualize” how on earth you could do that and make it user-friendly.  Great article!

  3. hypnosis types

     I’m not as creative as other artist but I’m trying to enhance both of my left and right side of my brain. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  4. Lawrence Fox

    As someone who has recently started painting and exploring his “right side” (after spending most of his life as a confirmed “left-brainer”) I know what you mean…Mindmapping can be a bit of “wow” experience.

    • MichaelDeutch

      Hi Hanne, did you see the ‘feedback’ link on maps for that? it lets you make suggestions and add votes to other suggestions. Your feedback is most welcome to let us know how to best improve the community platform.



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