One thing we often feel we are lacking is time. To get the most out of your day accurate planning is a must, and when you’re working on a time-scaled project, planning is essential to ensure you’re at your productive best.
A timeline is an easy-to-digest, visual overview of a project with a clear end goal. The addition of the Time Map View in iMindMap 10 Ultimate unites the creative power of Mind Mapping with the effectiveness of timelines. iMindMap has helped traditional project planning to evolve, taking you to new levels of inspiration and efficiency. It’s designed to support your most ambitious projects from kick-off to launch, and at every stage in-between. Here are 5 reasons why iMindMap will be your essential companion to push any kind of project across the finish line.
Perhaps you are planning an event, or a marketing campaign for the year ahead. In the infancy phase of your project, you’re going to need to spend time gathering your initial thoughts. Drop ideas onto your canvas in the Fast Capture View. Forget formatting and structuring at this stage, simply fire ideas down into self-organising bubbles. The free-form nature of the Fast Capture View nurtures a creative mindset, so your brain is free to explore every avenue of your project.
With all the information you need prepared in a clear and concise brainstorm, you have a great starting point to refine your ideas into a project plan. Effortlessly switch from iMindMap’s Brainstorm View to the Mind Map View and transform your sticky notes into a pre-structured Mind Map.
A Mind Map provides a visual overview of your project, helping you to recognise important connections between your ideas. Mapping out your thoughts using radiating, curved branches and keywords triggers associations in your brain that help you to spot further ideas to advance your plan. Mind Mapping will help you to develop and elaborate on your plan fully. When you need to capture extra information, add explanations and details to your branches in the form of notes, web links, images and file attachments. These remain hidden until clicked on to keep your workspace clutter-free.
Once you are ready to bring your ideas to life, switch from the Mind Map View to the Time Map View and watch as your branches convert to tasks and milestones, keeping their Mind Map colours and bringing along any important attachments.
Milestones group tasks together and break your project down into short-term, achievable chunks. Create new tasks and milestones to build on the framework of your project. The start date of certain tasks will be determined by the completion date of others, and your Time Map’s Task Connectors can clearly show how these tasks are related. By using the Time Scale Option, your Time Map will give a valuable overview of how much time you have, and how much of your time is required to complete each part of the project.
By adding Tags and Icons to your Time Map, you can assign tasks to team members or create a personalised filtering system that will help streamline your project. Once you have finished creating your project’s Time Map, share it with others via email to set mutually understood and realistic expectation levels for all involved. For real-time collaboration, jump straight in and start actioning your ideas using iMindMap’s integration with visual task management app, DropTask for Business.
Before your project goes live, set start and due dates for each task using the Task Information tab in the Side Panel. This will ensure your tasks remain on track and help you to manage your time effectively. Visually categorise information and highlight task responsibilities by grouping them with Swimlanes.
As you work through your project, track its development and evaluate performance with the Task Progress Bars. Your tasks will fill with colour to illustrate how much of the task has been completed, at just a glance. Time Map View’s Current Time Indicator and Task Status System will help keep your project on track and on time, by clearly highlighting any overdue tasks if they occur. Plus, if you need to develop aspects of your plan further, switch back to Mind Map View without losing any important details. Revert to another view at any time to build on your plan before converting fresh ideas into tasks on your Time Map.
iMindMap 10 offers a unique, creative and efficient approach to project planning. Use iMindMap 10 Ultimate’s five views to take you through each stage of your project plan. Each view is designed to aid your thinking, so that you can accomplish your best work yet. Try iMindMap 10 Ultimate today for a streamlined workspace that can take your project seamlessly from initial ideas to end goal successes.