One of the benefits of Idea Mapping and Mind Mapping that initially attracted me almost 20 years ago was its ability to simplify complicated issues. I’ve just started a new Idea Map that I cannot share with you because it’s of a legal document. Short of the story line for “Lost,” there aren’t too many things more complicated than a legal document! I sometimes wonder if legal documents’ complexities are just to inflate lawyers’ fees!
I’ve started mapping a legal document just to help me understand all of the details that are obfuscated by all of the legal jargon. While this won’t help me understand the legal field any better, it does help me comprehend what the document is really saying. If you’ve got a document/paper/article that’s difficult to “digest,” you may find that an Idea Map breaks it down into more manageable, bite-size pieces.