Note-taking is an everyday essential. Whether you are in a meeting or lecture, listening, making notes and digesting the information you’re being given can be a daunting prospect. Keeping pace with the speaker, then making sense of what you’ve taken down is a challenge faced by most. iMindMap Ultimate’s workspaces allow you to capture, retrieve, develop and action the key takeaways, boosting productivity by transforming quickfire notes into meaningful actions. Here’s how…
We would argue that the crux of note-taking is grounded in keywords. If you hear something that will be worthwhile remembering, make that your keyword. Often when hand writing notes, we try to take down every detail, meaning the most important facts become lost and meaningless. iMindMap’s views are keyword-centric, so type them down based on the information you are receiving. This is undoubtedly faster than writing, and means you can focus more on listening and digesting the words. Keywords spark associations in your brain, not only boosting your ability to recall information, but also triggering new ideas.
iMindMap’s Fast Capture View* is rooted in instant word association. Miss nothing as you jot down each and every keyword you deem significant. Did you hear a particular word you might want to use in your coursework? Type it down. Did your boss mention some numbers that you don’t trust yourself to recall? Type them down. When handwriting will take you too long, Fast Capture View provides an instantaneous way to note down keywords. From there, iMindMap automatically formats a web of bubbles brimming with ideas that make sense to you, meaning you can focus on what is being said.
Information overload can be a problem that will induce unnecessary stress. iMindMap’s Brainstorm View can help bring order to your notes. If you want to pinpoint a specific focus, highlight information by colour coding sticky notes. Add tags to your notes to categorise them. The intuitive function will filter your ideas by tag, so you can quickly access certain ideas when you need them. Once you’ve finished moving ideas around your canvas, click the Clean Up button for tidy repositioning. Handwritten notes are final, but Brainstorm View allows you to convert your notes and lists into groups and back again, meaning you can adapt and change things as much as you like. You are now less overwhelmed with raw ideas, and can devote your time to processing it all.
The great thing about keywords is that they give you a very stable foundation from which to build upon. Keywords, along with the radiating branches of a Mind Map, allow you to make further associations. Think of the keyword as your seed. Use Mind Mapping to grow and develop this seed into a well thought out plan with child branches drawing out the finer details. Linear note-taking might have given you a comprehensive A4 list, but a Mind Map will give you a visual overview of your notes, so at a glance you will be able to see connections between ideas and spot gaps that need more attention. Attach important documents and links to your branches in iMindMap’s Mind Map View to add extra detail. This part is all about your invention, so customise it how you wish – add icons, images and relevant web attachments that suit your purposes.
iMindMap’s Time Map View* is where you can turn your notes into an actionable plan. You have all your ideas and context in Mind Map View, but Time Map View is where you can begin to implement your ideas and launch a project along an interactive timeline. Time Map View grants you access to basic, time structured and scheduled planning for your new project. Add tasks associated to your notes, highlight milestones and follow a live time indicator to keep up with your to-dos. Working in a team? Export your Time Map into DropTask and work in unison. From the impulsive keywords you noted down to start with, you’ve now expanded your central idea into a comprehensive plan of action.
Making notes is as much about making sense of information as it is gathering the notes for a greater purpose. Lecture notes mostly turn into exam revision and meeting notes turn into planning projects. Notes are a constant in work, but the current system of linear note-taking with pen and paper drains your potential. iMindMap, whether in Fast Capture, Brainstorm, Mind Map or Time Map View, has the tools to make the very most of your note-taking.
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