Posts Tagged ‘Time Management’

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.

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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: