Archive for the ‘Mind Maps’ Category

3
July

The benefits of mind-mapping

Experts estimate that our minds have between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. Our brains work like little factories and the synapses never cease to pass chemical or electrical signals to each other. In fact, this is the beauty of our amazing brain. Each thought generates another one and so on and by the time we reach a certain opinion, we begin to wonder how it all started. This is not another study made by some great scientists but a thing we’re all experiencing, almost on a daily basis. Sometimes we really want to keep track of every thought we have, so we don’t miss anything. Do you have any moments when you say to yourself ‘Oh, I had such a good idea in mind! I forgot it.. ‘

And this is when mind maps take the stage.

We can think of our main idea that prevails in a day as the central topic of a mind map. All the other thoughts and reflections represent the main topics and subtopics that you add to the map.
In our types of representation as human beings, such as visual, audio or kinaesthetic, there is always a dominant one which supports us in learning, memorizing and in gathering knowledge. We can find what kind of representation predominates for us by taking a simple test. Knowing your type is important as you can benefit from it in your studies and in your personal development.

Now, say you’re the visual type. In this case, you can personalize your thoughts-mind map with all sorts of images and videos from your computer or the internet, anything that suits your string of beliefs and ideas. You can change the shape or color of the topics, the mind map’s background or the connecting lines between the topics to make it more appealing.

On the other hand, if your main type is audio, then you can add songs and recordings to your topics and subtopics and even record yourself and add your audio notes to the topics.

How does this sound so far?

Well, there’s more. Many times we want to share our ideas with others, ask for feedback or simply brag about them 🙂 This is possible even when using mind maps, with just one click. With the Share option, you can allow anyone into your world of ideas.

And the cherry on top is the fact that whenever your ideas are being interrupted by mundane thoughts besides your goals and objectives, thoughts such as ‘Did I make that commission? Did I answer that email? Did I forget to buy milk?’, you can always add a floating topic, outside the mind map and write them down. In the end, what is the point of mind mapping if not brainstorming and remembering thoughts?

In any case, mind mapping is a great way to structure your beautiful mind. Does this sound like something of use to you?

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

13
March

New topic shapes – cloud and speech bubble

We continue the series of improvements and bring you three new playful topic shapes, which you will find in the context menu of each topic.

The cloud shape, useful when you feel inspired and want to mark down a great idea.

The speech bubble shape, if you feel like giving a voice to your thoughts.

The speech bubble outline shape – for whenever you have a brilliant view that needs to be shared.

We hope you will find the new shapes entertaining and you will create enjoyable mind maps. Please give the new features a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

24
May

Redesigned Share Panel

We’re excited to announce that our new and refreshed Share panel is now online.
Our goal with this newly designed sharing functionality was to offer the easiest experience you can get when it comes to sharing your work with others. We hope you’ll find the new design to be uncluttered and more user-friendly.

So, what’s new? The first change you’ll notice when you open the Share panel is that we included the password protection right there, in the top left side. Simply click on Password, then set a password for your map.

By clicking on More you will get the link to Embed the map, use it as RSS or HTML, etc.

Link sharing was simplified too, you have all the options in one page: you can make your mind map public and viewable for everyone on the internet, viewable only for those who have the link, or guest editable.

You can still find the standard option to invite someone to edit your mind map, you just need to type in the email address and click on ‘Send’. The person will receive an email invitation to edit your mind map. If he doesn’t have a Mindomo account, he/she will be redirected to our Sign up page.

We’d love if after you try it, you tell us what you think.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

26
October

Get kids with learning and attention issues in the mood for Halloween

This time of the year gets everyone excited because the arrival of fall also means that Halloween is coming. Each year there are approximately 41.2 million kids who dress up and go trick-or-treating.

While Halloween might be fun for most kids, there will always be a few exceptions. For example, kids with learning and attention difficulties. These kids might be more scared of this holiday than excited due to their oversensitivity.

So, let’s see what you can do to make Halloween fun for them too:

  1. Costumes: The unusual clothing, the sensation of masks and the makeup can be a huge problem for kids with learning and attention issues. What you can do is have kids wear the costumes before the big day so they can get comfortable with them. If not, there is still time to switch the costume to something more comfortable, simpler.
  1. Treats! It is an unchangeable tradition to give to trick-or-treaters candies, sweets. With all these temptations, kids are most likely to overdo it. Moreover, for children with learning and attention issues, controlling temptations can be especially difficult because they are overly excited. What you can do is make an arrangement with them before the big day. Let kids choose 3 or 4 candies which they can eat that day, putting aside all the rest. Also, you can trade some candy in return for some toys or non-candy treats ( pizza, pumpkin pie).
  1. The actual trick-or-treating: running from house to house, creepy street decorations, Jack-o’-lanterns can be also a problem. These kids’ hypersensitivity may make them take the scary scenarios way too seriously.

In this case, consider going to some centers or malls which offer a more controlled trick-or-treating experience. Also, in-house small Halloween parties can be arranged at school. This way, kids will experience the comfort of knowing one another.

If you tick off these few things on your list, it’s more likely that this year’s Halloween to be an unforgettable, exciting day for kids despite their oversensitivity.

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