Archive for the ‘How to’ Category

6
July

Concept mapping as an aid for ADD

ADD is a condition associated with learning and concentration difficulties. People suffering from ADD, usually children and teenagers, find it hard to focus on a task as their brains jump from one topic to another, restlessly.  This is why those suffering from this condition require special learning and teaching methods.

The mind mapping and concept mapping method is a simple way to capture our thoughts by visualization, without necessarily organizing or prioritizing them. This is very similar to how our minds work. In other words, mind maps could be perfect for those suffering from ADD as they encourage the mind to roam freely on a desired subject without boxing itself into constricting and tedious topics.

ADD is a very real and common disorder that affects 11% of schoolchildren and has risen 42% in the last 10 years. Still,  by taking the following steps, anyone suffering from ADD can learn something new the easy way:

Step 1. Identify major themes

One has to think of what is the most important piece of information, then put in the center of a mind map. As soon as one discovers other themes, he should place them around the center theme, leaving some space for detailed description and other information.

Step 2. Add some details

Depending on the structure of the information, one might have to use a different approach in collecting and segregating notes. If the information is already well organized and presented in a structured manner, it’s relatively easy to keep notes on particular subjects together. If the information is more disorganized (the lecturer conveys it this way or it comes from different sources), one might have to make quick notes and organize them later, perhaps by connecting them with lines or grouping them by subjects. Using keywords in large print with lots of space around is suggested.

Step 3. Find relationships

After collecting the notes, one has to sort them out and use colors to mark related topics. Also, connecting information to relevant subtopics using colored lines or arrows is advised.



Step 4. Re-sketching final map

In order to put all information into meaning, some items will have to be moved around. Consider introducing borders to make the whole image easier to read and to minimize confusion. Any technique that helps with data recollection should be used (funny representations, cartoon figures, videos etc.). Additional facts could be added at this point if one can recall them or after some relevant research on the topic.

It’s a proven fact that images are easier to recall than text, so we challenge people with ADD to give concept mapping a try. It will help them turn long lectures or voluminous information into something meaningful, easier to recall and explain to others.


Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

 

13
June

3-Step, Visual Approach To Solve Any Problem

You know you are facing a problem when you find yourself in a condition which is different than the desired one. If the problem is simple, then the solution is usually quite obvious. But when you’re facing a more complex issue, the card up your sleeve is to get in a problem-solving state of mind.

There is a saying that in order to understand a problem profoundly, you need to see the bigger picture. If this doesn’t come naturally at first, mind mapping will help you. Mind maps let you create visual databases, so you can see everything in one page – the root of your problem, its causes, on-the-spot ideas on how you can fix it, etc.

Let’s take an example: you have a travel agency that’s going through an image crisis. A quick and efficient way to do a problem diagnosis would be to create a mind map around these simple questions:

1 What is the real problem?

The first step is to clearly state the issue you are facing and identify what is real or true about it, as factually as it can be determined.

2 What is going on?  Why did this problem occur?

 This is the point where you start collecting and analyzing all the information you have about the problem. You need to determine if your problem is being influenced by your organization (structure) or a function (process). Also, you need to know exactly who are the people affected by the issue.

3 How to avoid the problem? How to ameliorate it? What actions will solve the problem?

This step is about solution planning. You have to evaluate the whole situation, point out all your alternatives, select the ones you’ll be implementing and prioritize them. Don’t forget to think of how you will determine if your actions made a difference or not.

Problems occur all the time, and no matter how small or big, the most important thing is for you to come up with imaginative and rather stress-free solutions. That’s  why problem solving is so looked for by universities and employers. If you want to develop or boost this important skill, mind mapping is always a good idea.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

20
May

Combine Concept Mapping and Task Mapping for The Ultimate Business Travel Plan

For a lot of us, going on a business trip is “double trouble”, partly because preparing for this is unlike preparing for a family trip and partly because you need to get in shape for business meetings and presentations. In both cases, being well-prepared is the key, and it will give you that sense of confidence of having things under control. And how to get organized the right way, you might ask? We’ll, there are two things you should definitely consider if you want a solid business travel plan.

Plan everything with time management in mind. This will make you focus on your trip’s priorities. Use concept maps for individual or even team brainstormings to put together all business-related to-dos.
 Start from the core – your business trip, and enumerate all the main points that you need to cover before and during the trip. As the goal is to keep the map as easy to follow as it can be, you can split the main points into different branches, giving different colours to personal and work-related stuff.  Add details in subtopics, like packing clothes, tickets, passport, and money. You can also connect related topics and label the connections to make everything more straightforward.
In the end, you’ll have all information, schedules and to-dos on the same page, yet clearly organized. It’s as quick and efficient as that.

Find a simple way to keep track of all your to-dos, up to the smallest detail. For example, our task maps let you create structured to-do lists, that you can share with your colleagues/employees/personal assistant. Each task from the list is assignable, and setting a deadline for it will help you monitor the progress. You can also give detailed instructions per each task in the comments section.  This way you and your team will know, at any given point, the status of your preparations, what’s left to be done, who needs to do it, and if you have to speed things up.

Planning with the aid of  concept maps or task maps is very simple, and it helps you keep everything in one place in an organized fashion: from objectives and  due dates, to schedules and locations. So, if you aim for stress-free, yet accurate business travel planning, Mindomo is a real helper.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

 

26
April

Build A Product Presentation With Concept Mapping

 

Let’s say you need to do a product presentation, the first thing you do is a sketch, right? So, why not use concept maps from the beginning? This way you will get a visual display of the whole story in one single page.
First step: identifying the main idea. This will be the title of your ‘message map’, so keep it short if possible. Our example is a strong line to point out the product’s good quality/price report.

Second step: find a few main ideas that branch out of your central idea, same as you would do with a statement when you need to support it with arguments. At this point you’ll give a frame to your presentation and, in the same time, you’ll give more details about the product. From our example you can see that Edifice is a sophisticated, first-class watch, using an advanced technology.

Third, to every main section you should  link concrete examples, data, graphics. We briefly explained what makes Edifice’s  design so special, its quality so reliable and its technology so outstanding. That’s how you’ll manage to communicate the benefits of your product in a way that’s simple, clear, and  concise:

If you have any other ideas on how your marketing strategy can benefit from the use of concept mapping, feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

 

26
August

Keeping your mind maps organized

If you have been mind mapping like crazy, and your friends and colleagues also shared their maps with you,  you might want to know how to put everything in order.

A handy solution is to organize your maps into folders.
This way you can classify maps according to their importance (e.g. separate work-related maps from personal development maps).
Also, you can put your shared maps into folders, a folder for each person that has been sharing maps with you.

Check out this video about this time-saving feature, then try it and let us know how it works for you.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

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