You’ve heard of mind maps or mind mapping before, right? Well, they’re super powerful and a great way to keep on top of everything from brainstorming to keeping projects (and your brain) from overloading.
While there’s a huge number of apps and software tools available, our current choice is MindMeister – you can try it free by clicking here.
As mentioned, you can get going for free (which we like) and it’s simple enough to hit the ground running right away.
However, this doesn’t mean that it’s too simple. The power comes in the flexibility and templates that MindMeister offers. What we mean by that is that you can create maps for everything from organization charts to to-do lists, and just about anything else. On top of that, you can use any of their free shared templates from the library provided by MindMeister or it’s users (you can choose to share your templates).
Now, how is this going to improve your organization?
Using MindMeister To Improve Your Organization
One way that you can use mind maps is to have a “master” map that then branches out into your main areas. Let’s demonstrate quickly:
Looking at this as a beginning mind map would look something like this:
That would be a very high level mind map with 3 main areas; personal, education, and professional.
Then, I can add nodes to each of those for the top areas, including links to Google Drive, Dropbox, wherever and whatever is needed to quickly get me access to any reference material quickly.
The main idea here is to have a central document that lets you quickly and easily visualize your high level activities.
Could you do this with something else like a Google Doc or MS Word Doc? Sure, but it wouldn’t look as good 😛
Seriously though, it’s about what works best for you, and if you use, or want to use, mind maps, then this is a great way to keep your high level organization close at hand.
Pro tip: you can add links to other mind maps so it doesn’t get cluttered or confusion.
If you’re ready to try it out and improve your organization and brainstorming, create your free MindMeister account here.