Archive for the ‘Mindomo Tips’ Category

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?

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
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

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