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Templates are shortcuts to drawing maps for such things as brainstorming, planning your day or taking notes.  For example, if you are brainstorming solutions to a problem, you may want to place a quick sketch of the problem at the center of the map and then represent different types of solutions around it.  If you are drawing a roadmap from point A to point B, then you will have a more linear map, laid out in rows to accommodate stops or checkpoints along the way.  There are different styles and formats for each type of map you want to draw.  The key is finding one that suits your mindset.

Templates get you off to a quick start.   They organize your thoughts, help to space the components evenly on the page, and keep sketches neat. Most importantly, they set the tone of your map.  Brainstorming is a different mindset than, say, charting out tasks in a timeline. A template can help you switch gears.



To use a template, do the following:

  1. Open up your drawing app.
  2. Find the template that you want to use.
  3. Open the template and copy it to your clipboard.
  4. Now, open up a new map in your app.  Import the template into your map.  It will usually be placed on the bottom layer of your drawing.  If not, move the template to the bottom.
  5. Now, use it to create your new map.  Draw over it.
  6. When you are finished, delete the template on the bottom layer.  This will remove it from your final map.

There are a number of apps that have layers built into them.  If you find that your app does not have this feature, then simply erase the portion of the template then draw.  For example, to place a problem you want to consider in the brainstorming template, erase the dotted circle in the middle and fill in your problem.

To learn more about using templates to help you draw, see Mobo Brain: A Guide to Mobile Brainpower.

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