Technique #5: Clustering
This simple technique is fun, focused and may quickly rope those thoughts into a clear picture. Take a piece of paper and in the center write one word. Look at the feelings or thoughts that one word conjures up. Go one direction and branch off that word or thought. Go another direction and see where that leads. Using colored markers, pens, pencils or crayons circle the words that seem to fit together. Now, step back and look at your creation - do you see a theme? Maybe a solution? Are things looking clearer to you, now? To journal the outcome of your cluster may bring you to a clearer understanding or at least a direction you may not have thought of to take.
(again, taken from Kathleen Adams' workbook, Journal to the Self)