Imagine you are playing the SimCity, but you’ve got to build the city by using things below:

  • Central Topic – City Center
  • Key thoughts – Main Roads
  • Secondary Thoughts – Secondary Roads
  • Images/Notes/Marks – Landmarks

So how are you going to arrange it? Make it convenient and reasonable for the citizens (your ideas) to live, while offering a guide map for visitors.

That’s what we are going to talk about, choose a suitable template to build the city, which is choosing the right structure for your mind map. Previously, we had a blog post on almost all structures in XMind 6. In this blog post, we will talk about balanced mind map, timeline, and org chart. For other structures, you can check out our article about matrix and fishbone.


Balanced Mind Map

Balanced mind map (BMM below) is a common structure in mind maps, presenting ideas on each side of the central topic, providing a clear view of all the key thoughts of the topic.

It’s quite efficient for making a shopping list, pack-up list, trip planning list, etc. so that all the main points/category will not be missed. And since BMM is auto-balanced, the graphic tends to have better visual performance. However, the auto-balancing feature breaks the grouping of related main topics. If layout and proximity of certain topic groups matter a lot in expression. BMM is not a good choice. Hence, BMM is suitable for mind maps with little inter-branch grouping or presentation of overview.



Among chronological lists of events. The timeline is typically a horizontal/vertical long bar labeled with dates paralleling it.

It displays each and every time node of an event, or significant history tipping point. You can also use it for history class, or making a special anniversary book.


Org Chart

Scottish-American engineer Daniel McCallum is credited for creating the first organizational charts of American business.
Org chart is a diagram that shows the structure of an organization and the relationships and relative ranks of its parts and position and jobs.

With a clear view of the structure, the Org Chart eliminates complicated relation connections, but present the organization with brief information.