Mindmapping Today is About More Than a Visual Diagram

I’ve been using mindmapping software for over 12 years in Fortune 500 companies.  Over that time mindmapping software has evolved from a tool largely for representing information visually to a powerful information management tool.

When you see mindmaps in mindmap libraries like Biggerplate or Maps for That or even on this blog, there is an emphasis on how information is represented visually.  To be sure there is certainly power in representing information spatially and seeing relationships in ways that mirror how the brain works.  You only have to read any of Tony Buzan’sbooks to understand this.

However, today mindmapping is much more than visual representation.  Today, mindmapping is a powerful information management tool that can be dynamically leveraged for project management, strategic planning, data analysis, brainstorming sessions, and integration with productivity tools like Microsoft OutlookExcel, andSharePoint.

Chuck Frey, author of The Mindmapping Software Blog recently created avideo highlighting some of this broad functionality of mindmapping software.  In his video he highlights:

  • Using the topic notes feature
  • Linking websites to topics
  • Attaching documents to topics
  • Using the project management functionality with prioritization and progress icons
  • Linking sub-maps to a dashboard mindmap
  • Using RSS feeds within a mindmap
  • Using database queries in a mindmap
  • Embedding Microsoft Excel ranges in a mindmap
  • Illustrating Microsoft Outlook integration
  • Using SharePoint integration within MindManager

(Click mindmap to enlarge)

I use all of this mindmapping functionality on a daily basis to manage information and achieve business results.  I can say from personal experience that it is this functionality, which extends beyond the visual diagram, that represents the true power of mindmapping.

As more people begin to understand what mindmapping software can do today, mindmapping will become the ultimate tool for business and education.

So now you can take all those mindmaps you’ve downloaded from Biggerplate or Maps for That and integrate this additional functionality to increase your productivity.

Source – [MindMapBlog]

3 ways to get more done with less time & less stress

Getting organised with Mind Maps

The past two decades have seen meteoric advances in the way we communicate and work; with emails, Facebook, SMS, Twitter, Skype, Ping, blogs, feeds and a vast array of other indispensable forms of ‘connecting’ and absorbing information.

With such resources at our disposal productivity should be soaring, shouldn’t it? But whilst the world is now at your fingertips, you are, unfortunately, equally within reach of the world.


Using Mind Maps can help you to cut out that background noise and is proven to improve productivity by 20% – that means you can gain an extra working day every week!

Here are 3 ways to get started in your productivity overhaul using MindMaps…

1. Plan Your Day

This practice will take you just 5 minutes at the start of the day, and can end up saving you a lot of time and hassle. Begin with your Central Idea as today and create a main branch for each of the main areas you need to focus on. From these branches, draw smaller, child branches with the specific tasks you need to complete and information such as names, deadlines and the time segments that you will spend on that particular task today.

Top Tip: You can re-order the map by time so it becomes a schedule for the day, allowing you to track your progress. Take a look at 4 Steps to Time Control – Get a Grip On Your Workload for an in depth guide to planning your time.

2. Keep an eye on the big picture

Why stop with just daily planning? Create a Mind Map for the week, the month or the year to ensure that you are seeing the ‘big picture’ and can track projects over time. Make sure you put this on a wall where you can see it easily. With a map for the year that shows what you want to achieve, you have an instant, one-page visual reminder of what you’re aiming for. Whenever you are becoming overwhelmed by everyday tasks, look back at this map to focus on what is most important and help you prioritise.

Business plan map

Top Tip: Save your Map as a template so you can use it quickly and conveniently the next time you need to plan.

3. Consolidate Information

MindMap allows you to group tasks or ideas in a limitless radiating structure, so you can have a clear, organised picture of what needs to be done. By using keywords and the simple hierarchy of a Mind Map, it is possible to capture the plans for an entire year on just one page. Plus, you can add new ideas all the time without having to try and find a place to squeeze them in. With MindMap you will never run out of space, so you can finally wave goodbye to all of those pesky Post-it notes covering your desk.

Planner Mind Map

Top Tip: Link everything to do with each task or project to your Mind Map, be it spreadsheets, meeting agendas, proposals, web pages or audio files – just drag and drop them onto the branches in MindMap. Then you can quickly access all of relevant information with just one click.


Source – [ThinkBuzan]