7
January

Kick-Start 2015 By Increasing Your Productivity

Happy 2015, everyone! We hope you enjoyed your winter holidays, we sure did. Nevertheless, time flies, and now we find ourselves getting back into work mode.
Here’s our recipe to keep our high spirits and start the year fresh:

- we begin by kicking off our 2015 goals. We already went through our future projects and started assigning tasks within the team.

- organizing and structuring our January activities

- joining a book challenge that we hope will stimulate us even more in our work. Naturally, we’ll start with a book on project management. This book just might be a real helper for those who work on personal or professional projects: teachers, planners, parents, executive leaders, entrepreneurs, business analysts, and people who want to become more productive at work.
Apart from its insights on efficient time management and thoughtful production, the book has an easy-to-follow style, and it also shows you how to use mind mapping to structure your management activities.

- last but not least, we’ll have lots of cups of hot cocoa and share some holiday funny stories.

This is how our first week at the office looks like. What’s your secret to a productive, fresh start in 2015?

Image found on littlegirldesigns.com



Keep it smart, simple and creative!

The Mindomo Team

23
December

2015 Calls For Bigger, Bolder Plans

The holiday season and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner, so it’s high time for a look back. 2014 was great to us: we accomplished all of our projects and even more. This probably happened because we were so eager to do our best to make a difference and bring real value to others.

What do we have in mind for 2015? To pursue the same drive but at a whole new level. We know that Mindomo is most likely the best mind mapping app there is. What we want is to make sure that you make the best of it, no matter if you are using it for school, planning your business or for personal development.

So, we’re ready to wrap up this great 2014, but not before telling you how grateful we are. We’re grateful for all the innovative ways in which you choose to work with our app, for your constant feedback and suggestions. These things lay the groundwork for Mindomo’s exciting future.

Have a joyous New Year, dear friends! And remember, a new year is like a blank mind map, just fill it in with what is really important for you.

The Mindomo Team

23
September

Let Us Introduce To You Our Brand New Mindomo Courses

Mind mapping is growing into a teaching method that you teachers heavily rely on. That’s because you have found the advantages of providing students with mind maps of their learning material: they understand the information better, and they learn it and recall it easily.

All over the world, from teaching Biology, Geography, Language Arts to Computer Science and Environmental Science, you are using Mindomo to work with your students in and outside the classroom. Moreover, your students have to create mind maps of their own to reinforce their learning and thinking skills.
Both you and your students’ efforts deserve our full support, so we created a new solution to ease your work with Mindomo and mind mapping.  So, let us introduce to you Mindomo Courses and how it will help you further with mind mapping:

  • Easy access to Mindomo:  students will easily access Mindomo and their mind map assignments.
  • Easy-to-create courses: setup a course within minutes where you encourage students to mind map on the subjects you are covering.
  • Auto-sharing of mind maps between you and your students: once students start completing their assignments, the mind maps they will be working on will be automatically shared with you.
  • Easy to assist students and to assess their performance: use the course’s clear overview to see how each student interacted within the course, whether he/she faced any problems with the assignment(s) and offer your guidance whenever it is needed.
  • Easy to provide students with learning materials: gather all the learning resources on the topic you are covering and invite students to access them as they complete their assignments.


You can give it a try as we speak. Just log into Mindomo and go to “Courses” in the top left corner of your dashboard. We will be glad to hear your impressions once you’ve tested it.

And since we just released this dedicated solution, we would like to offer 10 teacher subscriptions for free, for a 1-year period. One of these subscriptions can be yours, all you need to do is write a comment below and tell us how you plan to make the most of the subscription.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!

The Mindomo Team

 

 

 

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.