Do you ever get random thoughts/ideas about things during the course of the day and then when you get the time to act on those thoughts you forget what they were? Lately I’ve been jotting down ideas as I go through the day to review later in the evenings when I have more time. These lists don’t seem to have any particular order to them and when I go through them very often the more important items are not the ones I work on first.
I’ve heard a lot about mind mapping so I decided to go research into what it’s all about and how it works. I found that it’s an amazing concept that can be as easy or as hard to use as you want to make it. You can find out more about mind mapping at Mindtools. Essentially, a mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
There are some free mind mapping software that you can download from the Internet that are simple to use and very effective. The two that I’m playing with currently are Free Mind which is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java that can be used across different platforms: Microsoft, Apple Macintosh, Linux, etc. This one requires a little more effort to learn how to use.
The other mind mapping software which is more user friendly is designed for use with Apple Macintosh and is called MindNode There are a ton of other ones that are out there that are either free or available at a very affordable price. There are even online mind map tools that you access through the web. One such sight is Mindomo
If you already use mind mapping, I would be interested to hear what you use it for, and how it has helped you.
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