12
June

Easy morning routines that anybody can master

In everyday life, we are often required to be innovative and creative but in some areas, routine can be the thing that sets a difference.  

You might ask how successful people got where they are, and if you start looking for answers, you’ll find out that they have strong morning routines. This is important mainly because it gives you the chance to set the tone of your day. A good morning results in a good day, this way your productivity will increase and you will have the necessary energy you need throughout the day.

Great philosopher Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, is a habit.” And he was right. Let’s take for example a successful sportsman whose performance depends on practice. This means that he has to repeat the same move over and over again, until his muscles will remember it and it becomes an automatic action for the body, leaving space to the mind to focus on perfecting it.

Same thing happens with morning routines, they can be very soliciting until we get used to them, but in reality they are a chance to prevent the day from failure. We have some easy tips and tricks you might just want to turn into habits:

 

  1. Wake up early – it may sound corny but the early bird gets the worm. If you wake up earlier, you will have more time to do all the stuff you need to get done. Now, you don’t have to force yourself to wake up at dawn, but if you are a late riser, try at least to move forward the hour of waking up with 10 minutes. After you get used to it, move again with another 10 minutes and so on.

  2. Never skip breakfast – even cars need gas to function, so why would you expect your body to get you through the day without nourishment. Remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so kind to your system and give the necessary food.

  3. Small pieces of happiness – it’s not enough to feed your body, you need to feed your mind and soul too. Make time every morning to do something that makes you happy: sipping a cup of coffee in complete silence, watching inspirational videos, reading a few quotes, talking to your loved ones the phone, petting animals, whatever works for you.

  4. Exercise – The human body was designed for constant movement. Just think about our ancestors who didn’t have cars or supermarkets so they were walking a lot and they hunted for food. Unfortunately, nowadays we don’t move enough because we are prisoners of our own comfortable inventions. So knowing that your body needs a bit of help and motivation on the matter, try exercising on a daily basis, in your own limits: walk the dog,  stretch or run for 15 minutes. You will see that after making morning sport a habit, you won’t not be able to imagine your day without it.

  5. Plan the day – make a brief list of to dos, choose the most important thing and start with that. If you do the important job while you are still fresh and in shape, you will ease the pressure and manage to stay relaxed while dealing with the rest of the things.

 

All habits can be learned, it’s a matter of self-discipline. So the best thing you can do is to practice everyday until it becomes an automatism. What will be the first thing you’ll want to try?

10
May

Info about the Adobe Air version of Mindomo Desktop

Almost 1 year ago we introduced Mindomo Desktop 8.0, our latest, Adobe Air independent app. Hopefully, you had plenty of time to get accustomed to its new features:
– creation of concept maps, task maps, and outlines;
– full import and export functionality;
– improved PDF export;
– stand-alone licensing;
– refreshed UI that matches the online version.

Starting today, connecting to the online servers from the Adobe Air Desktop version is no longer available. This means that in order to access and work on your online mind maps, you need to follow these simple steps:

1. Go to https://www.mindomo.com/mind-mapping-software
2. Download and install the new version of the app

You will still be able to use the old Adobe Air version of the app but not for syncing online. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further assistance!

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

5
May

Learn a new language with mind maps easily

Why learn a foreign language?

Besides the fact that it comes in handy when traveling or perhaps it can help with your future job, studies found that learning a foreign language actually makes you smarter. How you may ask. Well, it actually improves your memory, you become more perceptive. For many of us learning a foreign language can be difficult. We don’t have the same sense for languages and different languages require a different amount of time to be learned.

How To No. 1 – Pronunciation

The first step to take when learning a language is to learn how to spell its sounds and pronounce its words. And we have just the right mind mapping software to help you with this. What you need to do is create a mind map with a main topic on pronunciation. Use the Notes feature from the left side toolbar to write down the basic pronunciation rules. You can also add videos where these rules are explained with images and have pronunciation examples.

Now that you have the rules written as well as explained, you can start pronouncing stuff. After you listened carefully to the target language’s sounds, try to reproduce them. To keep track of your progress, record yourself from time to time.

How To No. 2 – Vocabulary

Learn the most common and essential words. You might think of all the basic words which you use in everyday life: colors, emotions, weather, conditions, food, animals, etc.. It’s a known fact that our memory works better if we use pictures, this is because we force our brain to find a connection between an unknown word and a picture that is familiar to us. So add web images to your mind map and put them besides the words. At this point the impact is twofold: you will reinforce the sound and also start to think in that language. A tip to improve your thinking in a foreign language is to search for images using the foreign words. This way even the spelling will be printed in your mind. If you have pronunciation problems, you can always revise the rules from step one. That’s why mind maps are so great, you have everything on one page and it’s very easy to toggle between the steps.

How To No. 3 – Grammar

Thirdly, you have to start to learn the grammar. You already have a basic vocabulary, you already know how to pronounce the words,  now it’s time to make little stories to practice your grammar.Search for images, videos, and even take your own notes and voice notes. Studies found that in the process of remembering, the most important thing is the personal connection. Now, if you start creating little stories imagining yourself, your needs or telling a story that happened to you in the past, it will help keeping the words/conjugations in mind and most likely you will be able to recall them on the long term.

What happens after you take these simple steps? You get ready to speak with the natives. Find a partner with which you can practice on a daily basis. Travel to any destination where the language is frequently used and test your new language skills.

You can never stop enhancing your vocabulary so if you’re done with the basics, try to deepen your knowledge on specific branches: academic vocabulary, food vocabulary, travel vocabulary, etc..
Good luck! Buona Fortuna! Bonne chance! :)

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

6
March

Notes Section Overhaul and many more

What other best way to prove that your requests matter than making them happen?

 

Improved notes
A large amount of your requests was about improving our Notes feature in normal mind maps, task mind maps and task outlines. Notes are important because they let you add larger bodies of information without losing the map’s overview feel. So, are you wondering how we made Notes better? We added a few more editing formats like insert code block and adding quotes.

 

Not that impressed yet? There’s more on our list:


Inserting mathematical formulas

Are you a Maths teacher or students that wants to insert complex mathematical formulas in Mindomo but don’t know how? All you need to do is open a Note or start a new Comment, go to ‘Insert Formula’, paste any of the LaTeX codes (currently, this is the only syntax available ) and click on ‘Save’. We will transcribe the codes into mathematical formulas.

 

Direct links and videos
Gather all resources in the same place and connect information to its source simply by selecting a text and inserting a direct link. How will this help you? It saves your precious time. Same thing works for inserting videos.
Also, adding content from anywhere on the internet is now straightforward: simply copy and paste the information in Mindomo and all related pictures and videos will be copied too.
Hopefully, these additions will help you keep your maps compact, with all the necessary information at hand.

 

Multiple selection in Outlines and Task outlines
Still focusing on practical and time saving solutions, we improved our Outlines and Task outlines by adding a very popular feature: multiple selection. You can now copy or delete content from your outlines, more rows at a time.

 

Multilingual Desktop Application
Thanks to all of you who are making our community grow from one year to another, we took the time to translate our Desktop application in more languages. From now on, you can use Mindomo’s offline version in English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Русский, 日本語 ,中文 ,Norsk ,Dansk,Svenska ,Suomi ,Nederlands ,Português, Magyar, Euskara.

We’re looking forward to your feedback and questions in the comments below.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team