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iMindMap – A back to school must have

Now that the busy Christmas and New Year period is over, our routines are finally getting back to normal. January may already be in full swing, but how many of you are scurrying around trying to finish last year’s assignments? Misplaced work and inefficient planning means that we’re setting ourselves up for a fall before we head back through the school gates.

Make sure you leave your unproductive ways in last year’s books and make this term a success from start to finish. Execute assignments, track your timetable and maintain all your notes using iMindMap. Read on to see our top tips for starting a new school term on the right track, and set yourself up for a stress-free year.

Transform your timetable

Timetable

Mind Maps are a great way to keep your schedule in order. Get prepared for busy timetables by creating a Mind Map of your lessons, assignments, extracurricular activities and revision, then identify where your time needs to be spent. Use Parent Branches to note down each day of the week. Then, add Child Branches for the topics you need to focus on. By allocating time to each subject, you can break down your workload and have a clear view of your priorities.

Use Icons such as coloured flags to help indicate the urgency of your workload and how much effort is required. Avoid distraction and collapse branches to ensure you’re focused on your timetable for today only. When a new day arrives, simply expand existing branches to view your entire Mind Map again.

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Reduce business risk by Mind Mapping an industry analysis

Whether you’re starting a business, launching a new service line, or repositioning your products in the marketplace, you need to determine whether the industry is worth operating in. It’s important to expose any factors or threats which could hamper your business growth or cause your market value to drop. To help you to make better market predictions and develop more competitive business strategies, visualise your strategic position by Mind Mapping a ‘Five Forces’ industry analysis.

Five Forces Framework

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3 ways to use iMindMap for effective meeting management

There are good meetings and bad meetings. Bad meetings drag on forever, never seeming to get to the point and you leave wondering why you even attended. Effective meetings leave you feeling accomplished, energised and eager to take the next steps.

By adopting the Mind Mapping technique, you can plan and lead meetings with precision to ensure that you utilise information, time and resources to their full potential. Here are 3 simple ways you can use Mind Mapping and iMindMap to make time-wasting meetings a thing of the past…

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Is doubt killing your great idea? Try Mind Mapping a Greens and Reds Analysis

Have you ever had a brilliant idea that you were excited to share, only for fear to kick in and stop you in your tracks? What if others thought it was unrealistic, flawed or odd? At some point, we can all fall victim to self-doubt. Don’t fret, Mind Mapping a Greens and Reds Analysis will help you to eliminate any uncertainty surrounding your ideas.

The Greens and Reds Analysis is a simple but effective problem solving strategy that allows you to identify an idea’s pros and cons to encourage confident choices. By analysing your idea, you will build a strong case around it before you present it to others. In the example below, we will imagine that we manage a company’s I.T. department and we want to put forward the idea of team members working from home a few days a week. For the most effective analysis, we recommend weighing up the ‘Greens and Reds’ of your idea using the Mind Mapping technique, which we will get into below.

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Solve complex problems with a Six Thinking Hats Mind Map

Mind Mapping 6 Thinking Hats

When it comes to solving problems, your perspective only provides one view of a situation, limiting creativity. The Six Thinking Hats technique encourages you to switch between thinking styles to consider a problem from different angles and generate a variety of ideas and possible solutions.

You may be familiar with this technique already, but have you tried it with Mind Mapping? A Mind Map’s outward radiating branches and keywords prompt you to make associations between your thoughts and generate more ideas. With an overview of your ideas, you will easily spot the gaps in your analysis and can devote more attention to those areas.

Adopt a thinking style one-by-one, adding to your Mind Map as you go. During this exercise, you will have to review previous sections to complete another. A Mind Map’s structure doesn’t require you to think ‘in order’, so you can jump back and forth to build on different areas when needed.

Let’s get started…

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How to generate fresh ideas: Mind Mapping a new perspective

One of the greatest limitations to creativity that we face is our tendency to only look at the world from our own, singular perspective. How often do you stop and consider an alternative viewpoint? Different people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, professions and interests will have different outlooks and opinions. Why not adopt another viewpoint to encourage your brain to produce original ideas? If you break the shackles of your narrow vision, ideas that were invisible from your own viewpoint will become clear.

Mind Mapping is ideal for this exercise as it triggers connections in the brain to spark further ideas. Using Mind Mapping software, such as iMindMap will allow you to get your ideas out of your brain and onto the page at lightning speed. Follow the three simple steps below to learn how to use Mind Mapping to borrow other perspectives when problem solving and generate creative ideas. In this article, we will use ‘low staff productivity’ as our example problem.

Step 1: Identify different points of reference

Identify perspectives Mind Map
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Transform your iMindMap creations into resource hubs with the insert feature

One of the biggest advantages that computer based Mind Mapping and brainstorming have over their hand drawn counterparts is the ability to insert items. In iMindMap Ultimate, you can pretty much insert anything, from images and icons to web links and audio notes. Combined, these all work together to turn your work into a large resource hub on one screen, without compromising its brevity. You can obtain all of your information in one accessible place.

Text Notes

Text Notes

Insert text notes on your branches in Mind Map View, sticky notes in Brainstorm View and bubbles in Fast Capture View, to add more detail to your creations. Notes remain hidden until clicked on, to keep your workspace uncluttered. You can even copy and paste whole pages of text from the internet without having to worry about spoiling the concision of your work. Creating a presentation? Adding notes to your branches in Mind Map View will automatically convert into slide notes when you switch to Presentation View.

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iMindMap voted Mind Mapper’s Choice 2016

The results are in…

You may remember us mentioning the Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Survey back last year. The survey is designed to highlight how Mind Mapping is being used daily around the world. We can now announce that iMindMap has been officially voted the Mind Mapper’s Choice 2016.

More than 1,000 Mind Mappers had their say, so we are honoured to have been awarded this accolade. We are beyond grateful to everyone that voted, and to all that continue to support us.

Thank you!

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Don’t struggle with hard decisions. Try Mind Mapping a SWOT Analysis.

Mind Mapping

Trying to start a fresh project or new business venture? Unsure of your new idea?

To make the most informed decisions you must consider every possibility, utilise every strength, seize every opportunity and avoid any potential threats. Sounds like a lot of hard work, right? Making important decisions can be an easy, enjoyable process if you create a SWOT Analysis using a Mind Map. In this article, we will show you how Mind Mapping can enable you to complete an effective SWOT Analysis, using Apple as an example.

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4 tips to become a remarkable content writer with iMindMap

Become a better content writer with iMindMap
Have you ever felt uninspired? Do you struggle to get your content to flow? Maybe even starting to write is turning into an uphill battle. Proven to boost creativity and improve productivity by 20%, it makes sense to try Mind Mapping for any of your writing efforts, from blog posts to essays. Improve your content writing with these four, easy Mind Mapping tips:
 

1) No more blank page

Fast Capture View

Writer’s block is your worst enemy as a wordsmith. That blank page can truly cause panic to set in. But you have a piece to write and a deadline to write it by. Well fear not, iMindMap’s Fast Capture View is on hand to capture any ideas you might have to get you started. Get any possible ideas down without distraction – the bubbles organise themselves so you can leave the structuring and refining for later.

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