Use only one map with one specific purpose.
An idea must be reflected with the same aspects of the branches. The ideas and information should be on a single purpose or topic. In order to stick to best results, you have to stay focused on the same subjects and the content must convey the issue to you. Don’t put irrelevant topics that will just put you in big trouble. Once your map becomes complicated branching out into different diverged areas, consider that you have to break the map into small sub-maps.
Do away with unnecessary information and clutters.
Sometimes, designers of mind maps get too carried away that the end result doesn’t make sense any more. Maps that are too cluttered are quite difficult to fix and worse, the person can get stuck on an idea and has no option of going forward or moving back. Generally, your ideas must be briefly keyed inside your map. Your topics should be summarized statements which are persuasive enough like news headlines. If ever you wanted to add details and additional information under that category, leave spaces so that you can include it when that time comes.
To avoid confusion, you have to be consistent in every aspect of your mind mapping. The line styles, color, visual elements and even colors must follow a single order. Each of these elements can help convey more meaning to your map’s concept if used in a systematic and consistent manner.
Using it haphazardly can result to chaos and may eventually confuse the people who may see it.