Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

iBlueSky: Mindmapping on the iPhone Just Gets Better & Better

October 1, 2008

In a previous post I featured a mindmapping product for the iPhone called MindMaker.  Recently, I learned of a new mindmapping program for the iPhone called iBlueSky.  

iBlueSky has functionality that surpasses that of MindMaker.  That is probably why it costs a little more coming in at $7.99 instead of $4.99 for MindMaker.

But I must say that the extra $3 is worth it.  One criticism I had of MindMaker is that it did not take advantage of iPhone’s accelerometer which allows you create mindmaps in landscape mode.  Another criticism was not being able to e-mail your mindmaps.  Well, iBlueSky does both.  

Here’s a mindmap I created on my iPhone with iBlueSky and then e-mailed it to myself as a PDF:

(Click mindmap to enlarge)

The folks over at Tenero, creators of iBlueSky, have even created a YouTube video for the product.  Check it out:

If you are an experienced mindmapper or new to mindmapping and just want a creative way to capture your thoughts and ideas, this is a good buy.

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NovaMind Launches New Mindmap Library: NovaMind Connect

September 14, 2008

Like Biggerplate.com and Mappio.com, Novamind has recently launched their own Mindmap Library called NovaMind Connect.

NovaMind Connect, in the words of NovaMind Founder Gideon King, “is a completely new and unique system for you to share your Mind Maps online.”

He goes on to say, “NovaMind Connect allows you to almost instantly take the Mind Map document that you have created in NovaMind and upload it directly from NovaMind to NovaMind Connect, where it is turned into a full HTML version of the document, where you can click on each Mind Map to view the detail of that Mind Map. From there you see all the branches of the Mind Map in expandable outline form, and you can navigate to each branch either by clicking it on the Mind Map, or in the outline.”

Additionally, NovaMind Connect has full international support built in, so you can upload your mindmaps  in any language.

I had an opportunity to take a look at the site and it is quite impressive.  

NovaMind has created a 2-minute Introductory video on the new site.  Click Here.

Video Tutorials for PersonalBrain 4.5

August 22, 2008

In my last post, I talked about the dynamic mindmapping capability of PersonalBrain 4.5. 

Hopefully you took my advice and downloaded the software.  I really do believe this is one of those revolutionary products that completely transforms how we manage information on our computers.

To help you effectively use the software click on the link for some great video tutorials.

The tutorials cover the following:

  • Navigating a Brain
  • Thought Creation
  • Expanded Views
  • Creating a New Brain
  • Other Brain Examples
  • Tools Overview

One Mindmapping Thought Leader Interviews Another

August 5, 2008

Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader and creator of The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently interviewed Michael Tipper, Mindmapping Thought Leader and specialist in accelerated learning principles and techniques.

This is simply one of the best interviews on mindmapping you’ll ever read!  Michael Tipper REALLY understands the power of mindmapping.  

He understands that it’s about the results mindmapping can produce (both educational and business) that should be the focus, rather than mindmapping as this creative diagram with words, images and colors.

He puts it this way in the interview: “Millions of drills are sold to people every year who do not want a drill.  What they want is the hole and of course the drill is the route to that. But ultimately it is the hole they are after.  In other words, they don’t care about the tool as much as the benefit that the tool provides. It’s the same with mind mapping.”

You’ll have to read the interview to get the rest of his point.  I strongly encourage you to do so. 

Chuck Frey asks some great questions and Michael Tipper gives some great answers.  You’ll learn a lot about the power of mindmapping and how it can change your life.

Click here to read the Interview.

Personal and Financial Records Mindmap

July 21, 2008

How many times have you searched for a reciept, insurance policy, credit card statement or tax form?  How many times have you wasted time and energy trying to figure out where you put that important document?  

We all have been there.  But now there is a better way. 

To help you quickly organize and locate all those documents whether they be in an electronic form (on your computer) or physical form (in your file cabinet), I’ve created a mindmap that can serve as your template for organizing these documents more efficiently.

This mindmap not only allows you to see where all of your important documents are located (via notes) but also allows you to link Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDFs, or images to the mindmap itself!  No more looking through Windows Explorer trying to find that illusive document.  Or looking through those stacks of paper on your desk.  Now you can organize all of your important documents (or the location of those documents) in one place – a mindmap.

I’ve organize the mindmap into 4 major areas:

  • Records You Carry with You
    • In Your Wallet
    • In Your Vehicle
  • Current Active Records
  • Permanent Active Records
    • Personal Records
    • Property Records
    • Financial Records
    • Investment and Retirement
    • Estate Planning
  • Safe Deposit Box

(Click on mindmap to enlarge)

You can download this mindmap and customize it with your personal and financial information.

The MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap is available for download at biggerplate.com.  You will need MindManager Pro 7MindManager 7 for Mac or the free MindManager Viewer 7 to download the file (though you can not customize it with the Viewer)..  

Click here to download mindmap.

The opportunity cost on your time (i.e. the time you could have spent doing something else instead of looking for a document) is well worth the purchase of MindManager.

The iPhone Mindmap: Seeing What the iPhone Can Do

July 14, 2008

As you probably know Apple, Inc. released its latest version of the iPhone on July 11, 2008 in the US.  

As an iPhone user I am just amazed at all the things this phone can do.  I thought a mindmap would be a great way to show all the features of the iPhone.

If you have an iPhone, this mindmap let’s you see just how amazing your new phone really is.  

If you don’t have an iPhone (and you don’t have a problem with AT&T as they are the exclusive provider in the US), you REALLY need to consider getting one.

Whether people like it or not, this phone completely changes the game!

(Click on mindmap to enlarge)

To see the detailed descriptions for each feature under the Notes icon you will have to download the mindmap.

The MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap is available for download at biggerplate.com.  You will need MindManager Pro 7MindManager 7 for Mac or the free MindManager Viewer 7 to download the file.  

Click here to download mindmap.

Chuck Frey’s New Research & Reports Page for Mindmapping Software

July 13, 2008

Chuck Frey, Mindmapping Thought Leader and Creator of the The Mind Mapping Software Blog recently launched a Research and Reports Page on his site.

As part of his ongoing commitment to growing the global base of knowledge about mindmapping software, he has created this information rich resource on mindmapping.  He does a fabulous job of providing you with mindmapping information from a variety of perspectives.

The resources below are currently available on his site:

Surveys:

Web-based mind mapping applications
This survey reveals how people are utilizing these tools and sheds light on the advantages, disadvantages and future potential of this exciting new technology.

Benefits of mind mapping software
This survey reveals how users got started with mind mapping software, and the biggest benefit they’re getting from it. It also explores how people are utilizing it for collaboration, and how they are exporting and sharing their maps with others.

Applications of mind mapping software
This survey shows what applications people are utilizing mind mapping software for, how it specifically benefits them and quantifies the productivity increases they are enjoying as a result of making mind mapping software part of their workflow.

Reports:

8 Ways to Improve Your Mind Maps

10 Mistakes to Avoid with Mind Mapping Software

E-Books:

Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software
Tips and best practices for current users of mind mapping software. This popular reference guide will help you to take your visual mapping skills to the next level!

The Mind Mapping Manifesto
Overloaded with projects, e-mails, documents and the other flotsam and jetsam of being a knowledge worker? The secret to higher productivity and less stress can be found in today’s powerful mind mapping software, which can help you to get more done, make better decisions, manage projects more effectively and reach clarity faster on key issues. This e-book explains how.

To get these resources, click here.

Using MindManager to Meet Business Needs

July 2, 2008

In my efforts as a Mindmapping Consultant to help clients better understand how MindManger can help them meet their business needs, I decided to create a mindmap to illustrate what MindManger can do.

This mindmap covers the following:

  • What is a MindManager Mindmap?
  • Benefits of a MindManager Mindmap
  • MindManager Integration with other Productivity Tools
  • Using MindManager Mindmaps to Increase Business Effectiveness – Examples

Click on the Mindmap to Enlarge and view the subtopics:

 

If you have MindManager 7 or the MindManager Viewer 7 (which is a free download) you can view all the subtopics, notes, website links, and mindmap links that are a part of this mindmap.

I have made the MindManager file (.mmap) for this mindmap available for download at biggerplate.com.  Click here to download.

 

Understanding DISC Styles: Improving Teamwork with a Mindmap

June 26, 2008

According to Wikipedia, “DISC is the four quadrant behavioral model based on the work of William Moulton Marston Ph.D. (1893 – 1947) to examine the behavior of individuals in their environment or within a specific situation. DISC looks at behavioral styles and behavioral preferences.”

DISC is an acronym for Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Compliance (C).  Many companies have employees take the DISC assessment to determine their behavioral style.  This is not to say that if you have a preference for one style you don’t occasionally use the other styles.  What the assessment does is determine your most dominant style – the place you feel most comfortable.

The great thing about the DISC assessment is once you know your own style and the styles of others you can improve team effectiveness. 

There are a lot of DISC assessment vendors out there, some free, some not free.  But all of them give you plenty of data on the DISC styles once you’ve completed the assessment. Unfortunately, that data often does not provide you with an effective way to quickly understand each DISC style or understand how they relate to one another.

To help solve this problem, I created a mindmap.  The mindmap below provides the following on each DISC style:

  • Definition of each style
  • General characteristics of each style
  • The value each style brings to a team (because all styles bring value to a team)
  • Possible weaknesses associated with each style
  • The greatest fear of each style

Knowing this information gives you great insight into your colleagues at work (or even your significant other at home) and can help you to interact with them more effectively to get things done.

Click on Mindmap to Enlarge:

To take a free DISC assessment click here

 

Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap

June 21, 2008

We all only have 24 hours in a day.  And if we get 8 hours of sleep we only have 16 hours.  So the question becomes, “What do we do with those 16 hours?”  Isn’t it interesting how some people use those 16 hours to be incredibly productive while others accomplish very little.

Why is that?  Why do some people achieve their goals and experience great productivity and success while others do not?  

Stephen Covey, in his book First Things First, notes that those who accomplish very little are probably spending a large amount of their 16 hours in the Quadrant of Deception and the Quadrant of Waste.  In his book he highlights four quadrants where one can spend their time: 1) Quadrant of Necessity, 2) Quadrant of Quality & Personal Leadership, 3) Quadrant of Deception, and 4) Quadrant of Waste.  

Each of us has a choice as to how we will allocate our time between these quadrants.  But one thing is for sure: when it comes to achieving your goals and living a life of minimal stress – all quadrants are NOT equal.

The first mindmap below defines the four quadrants and how you should allocate your time.  The second mindmap provides more detail on the activities associated with each quadrant.

As you will see from the mindmaps, the trick to managing your time effectively is to: 

1) Manage the Quadrant of Necessity as best you can.

2) Focus on the Quadrant of Quality and Personal Leadership for it makes the Quadrant of Necessity more managable and helps you achieve your goals faster.

3) Be Careful of the Quadrant of Deception because activities in this quadrant may appear urgent when in fact they are not.  Too much time here will slow your progress towards reaching your goals.

4) Avoid the Quadrant of Waste as much as possible.  Too much time here and you will not achieve your goals at all.

Click on the Mindmaps to Enlarge: