Productivity Tip # 7 – Using Mind Maps

I have been using Mind Mapping since April, 2010 and found this technique to be very effective in getting things done. Mind Mapping in a nutshell is a non-linear way of making lists, grouping lists and arranging them in a way that makes sense to you. Mind Mapping mimics the natural way of how our brain works and helps in brainstorming, problem-solving, remembering and making decisions.

The S/W that I am using is called “Mindjet MindManager” and the most easy to understand book that I read was “Idea Mapping” by Jamie Nast. Even though the concept of mind mapping was known to me from 2009, until I read Jamie’s book, I never got the hang of it.  Also with that book came a CD that had MindManager trial S/W. After using the trial version, I was so blown away by the usages of mind maps that I wanted to buy this expensive (at least for me) S/W. Luckily, my company had MindManager and so I immediately got it installed on my machine.

Not a day goes by without me using MindManager. I have used Mind Mapping in meetings, in JAD sessions, and as a daily dashboard for my tasks. I have downloaded many templates and have found out that many folks have benefited from MindMapping. Even after using for almost an year, I think that I have only scratched the surface as to the productive usage of this technique.

Not many folks use this software at my work but now that I have become the official sponsor of this tool at my work, I will promote it more. There are tons of resources on mind mapping and here are some that I go to on a regular basis.

  1. Mindjet Official Blog – great place to visit regularly for new stuff.
  2. Free Templates – Why do the hard work when someone has already done it for you.
  3. More Free Templates – another site that has many good templates.
  4. Chuck Frey’s Blog – I like this blog a lot.
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