11
September

Scheduled Downtime Saturday 13.09.2014

 

Guys,

This Saturday, the 13th of September 2014, at around 6:00 GMT we will be having a scheduled downtime for approximately 3 hours. Our main purpose is to facilitate server upgrades and maintenance.

Please take into account that during this time you won’t be able to access our website, nor will you be able to synchronize your mobile and desktop maps.

Hopefully, you will plan your activities in Mindomo accordingly!

We appreciate your understanding,
The Mindomo Team

 

10
September

Old School Mind Mapping Advice to Improve Your Online Mind Maps

As you are reading this blog, I trust that you are familiar with Mindomo’s Online Mind Map program. It is a great tool. I also suspect that it is not much about the theory behind mind mapping you know. Not to worry. Below I will give a brief intro to the history of mind mapping, some mind mapping rules of thumb, teach you how to utilize both sides of your brain and how to increase your memory by using  mind maps.

A brief history of Mindmapping

Nowadays, Tony Buzan is recognized as the guy who took the mind mapping thinking and made it mainstream. But mind mapping stems from a long tradition of alternative thinkers, including Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein and many more.

What they all had in common was their views on the shortcomings of the original pen and paper notes. For them something had changed. They realized as they began to supplement their notes with drawings, colors, symbols, connecting lines and assimilations that their ability to memorize and think creatively was enhanced. They were empowered. Only few of us experienced how our brains thrived when we were forced to think strictly chronological. The sheer physical composition of our brain is a proof of that.

You have two brain parts – Use them

Your brain is made of two parts: the left and the right. Two parts, each with their own abilities. The left is popularly called “the spin-doctor”. The right is called “the artist”.
The spin-doctor likes to tell you how to make sense and think logical about what is going on. A leads to B and then onto C. Not A, B and C simultaneously. The artist likes to sense feelings, listen to music, and look at the bigger pictures while not being judgmental about what is going on.
If you are driving your car, it is very good to let the logical left part of your brain decide how to act and estimate objects, speed and size. But if you are staring at a blank sheet, about to start painting a picture, you are thankful that you still have the right part of your brain as well.
Common for both parts is that they function horribly on their own. Don’t believe me? Have a look at this TED video by Jill Bolte Taylor.

Sadly, most educators, schools and universities, do not realize (or at least, they don’t teach accordingly to) this. They are focusing on stimulating the left part of the brain. Read a book. Go to the exam and explain how A leads to B and then C.
Recognizing the need for a diversified approach to learning and collaboration between both parts of your brain can free up immense energy and creativity. Luckily, there are mind mapping advocates like Mindomo that are helping us to change this approach.

Strengthen your memory with these four simple techniques

There are many ways to increase your memory and loads of books claiming to know so as well. To spare you of the effort of finding the most effective techniques, I will display four of them that are constantly mentioned and which have also worked well for me. These four techniques are Repetition, Association, Emotion and Sensing.

  • Repetition: The world’s oldest memory technique. Repeating stuff, saying things out loud or reading the same thing over and over again, giving your brain the possibility of confronting the same thing several times, hence increasing the possibility of your brain to remember it more easily. A good first step in memorizing the content in your mind map is therefore to look at it several times. When you are done, go for a walk, have a coffee, do something else, come back and have another look before putting it away.
  • Association: Read out loud one of the main keywords of your mind map. Spend a little time thinking  when you have confronted with this keyword before. If the keyword is “bicycle”, think about your first bicycle ride. Imagine pictures of yourself riding a bike. Do this for each keyword you inserted in your mind map. Furthermore, you can add keyword-related images to the map, to further strengthen your memory.
  • Emotion: When keywords awake your emotions, you conceive and remember them faster. Therefore, it can be an advantage for you to notice the emotions that each keyword brings along, while you are in the repetition process. Taking the “bicycle” example again, the emotion could be the feeling of the sun on your face or the wind blowing as you are riding a bicycle. There are many ways to assign emotions to your mind maps. As you start doing this more often, you will step by step notice how your recollection of the information strengthens.
  • Sensing: As a human being you are born with five senses: smelling, tasting, hearing, seeing and touching. Scientists talk about the sixth sense as the ability to read energies and signals. Each of the senses has unique traits that you can use while trying to enhance your memory. If you are trying to remember the keyword “bicycle,” you could use each sense to strengthen your memory. Remember the smell f the oil on the bicycle, the sound of the wheels, the hard saddle, the sore in your muscles after a long uphill climb. I think you get the idea by now.  Start activating your senses when you are dealing with different keywords, and they will help you strengthen your memory.

Using one of these approaches to memorize information will get you some of the way. But, it is only when you make it a habit to run through all of the techniques that your memory is truly enhanced.
You can find an elaboration of these techniques in a mind mapping book by Joyce Wycoff called Mindmapping – Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving.

Having read the above, please ask yourself the following questions:

  • What made Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein and others more creative?
  • What are the individual abilities of your left and right brain?

Which of the four techniques you are using to easily memorize information presented in mind map form?

If you know the answer to the above questions, I am sure you will be getting even more out of mind mapping in the future. You can use mind maps for so many things. Note taking, planning, project management, self-development, memory enhancement and the list goes on. The one thing that this post aims is to inspire you to investigate further how you can keep empowering your brain by giving it new tools and techniques.

If you have any questions to the above, please post them in the comment section below, and I will be happy to reply.

 

Steffen Hedebrandt is the founder of Mindmapping.dk . He has been teaching students, university teachers and other professionals in Denmark about mind mapping and its benefits for the last seven years.

 


 



 

 

26
August

New Mindomo Integrations Are Now Available

Google Drive integration for safer, easier-to-create mind maps

By connecting your Mindomo account to Google Drive, your mind maps will be backed up and easy to reach from any PC, tablet or phone. Moreover, whenever you want to create and work on a new mind map, you can do it directly from your Google Drive account.

Keep your mind maps safe and within reach with Dropbox integration

If you are using Dropbox, you can connect your account to Mindomo and all your mind maps will be daily backed up to a folder on your Dropbox account. All we ask is your permission to access that particular folder, leaving the rest of your folders private.

Secure your mind maps with FTP integration

If backing up your mind maps with Google Drive or Dropbox doesn’t suit you, you can also choose to do the backup to an FTP account of your choice.

Activating your backups takes 3 easy steps: login to Mindomo, go to “More” in the upper right side and choose “Backup”.
Please take into consideration that these backup solutions are available only for our Premium users.

 

If you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at support@mindomo.com or on the Mindomo chat. Also, feel free to give us your feedback here, in the comments section below.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!

The Mindomo Team
12
June

We’re cooking up something new. Want to join us?

Deeper understanding, fast learning, critical thinking, problem-solving. These are the most in-demand skills of the 21st century. Mind mapping is among the best techniques to develop and improve these skills.
Nevertheless, you can see its real benefits only if you use it efficiently, which proves rather hard especially for first-time users.
So, we challenged ourselves to make mind mapping easily accessible, engaging and useful for everyone. We think we found the solution, and we only need a bit of your help to wrap it up.

  • Are you a K-12 or higher-ed teacher who likes teaching with Mind Maps ? 
  • Are you a visual thinker who believes mind mapping is an efficient way of communicating visually?

We want to assist people in reaching their full potential. If you want to find out more about the details or join our initiative, please contact us at support@mindomo.com.

 Let’s make a difference together!

 

The Mindomo Team

14
April

A Fresh Look for Mindomo with HTML5


One of our most  important 2014 resolutions has come true – we finally made the shift from Flash to HTML5. Mindomo is now synced with today’s always-on evironment: the app runs smoothly on all devices, including the mobile ones, it’s lighter, tidier, and way faster than before.

Thanks to Mindomo’s beautified interface, all mind mappers, from first time users to power users, can easily take advantage of what our app has to offer. In the old version, you could access the same feature from different areas of the map. The new version simplifies things because some of the elements on your map were rearranged. It’s great since the functionality in the old version is still here, but the app is more user-friendly.  Your map canvas looks tidier, with plenty of room for your ideas, and you are a right-click away to customizing your topics.

So, let’s cut to the chase and see what the new Mindomo 7 is about:

Working easier, faster and safer

  • You don’t need to install any plugins in order to work with Mindomo’s new version
  • The editor will load around 3 times faster
  • Working on maps will be faster and smoother
  • The information in your maps is safer due to the HTTPS protocol used in the editing process
  • You can automatically check the text in your map thanks to the browser’s spell checker

Working on a friendly GUI

  • Your map canvas has widened and became tidier because the functionality in the top and bottom toolbars was rearranged
  • The features from the top menu are now closer to the topics you are working on. Right click on the topic and you’ll be able to customize it easily.
  • You can style your map theme by using different designs, from flat to gradient ones

Working with new features

  • With the drag and drop feature, you can easily attach images, videos and links to your mind maps and they will work right away
  • Paste images from the clipboard directly to your mind map while using Chrome, Firefox or Safari
  • Take advantage of the improved PDF export

Mind mapping with the new Mindomo should feel more natural and easier than before. Of course, you have to get used to its rearrangement and the new features. This is where our support team comes in.
If you have any questions or you are looking for a certain feature, give them a shout at support@mindomo.com or on the Mindomo chat. They will be more than glad to guide you through Mindomo 7.
Also, feel free to give us your feedback here, in the comments section below.

  Keep it smart, simple and creative!

  The Mindomo Team