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Improve your teamwork with iMindMap’s flowcharts

Improve teamwork with iMindMap's flowcharts

iMindMap Ultimate has powerful brainstorming, Mind Mapping and presentation features, but it also has another secret weapon; flowcharts. The flowchart feature offers another creative way for you to capture, consolidate and organise information.

Flowcharts in iMindMapCreating flowcharts in iMindMap is simple. Drag and drop your flowchart shapes from the Properties Panel on the right hand side, drawing relationship arrows as you go. To draw relationship arrows, simply hover over a shape and drag your arrow to the shape you want it to connect to.

Flowcharts are an invaluable tool to improve your teamwork. Below, we explain why you should use them within iMindMap to highlight the responsibilities of the individuals within your team and plan projects to perfection.
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What a difference a day makes: 3 tricks for surviving the holiday rush

As we snow ball into December our diaries are starting to burst at their binders. But hold on to your hats, iMindMap is a pretty nifty, time-saving idea generating and easy-to-use tool that will help you breeze through this hectic time of year…

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3 ways to get more done with less time & less stress

Getting organised with Mind Maps

The past two decades have seen meteoric advances in the way we communicate and work; with emails, Facebook, SMS, Twitter, Skype, Ping, blogs, feeds and a vast array of other indispensable forms of ‘connecting’ and absorbing information. With such resources at our disposal productivity should be soaring, shouldn’t it? But whilst the world is now at your fingertips, you are, unfortunately, equally within reach of the world. Using Mind Maps can help you to cut out that background noise and is proven to improve productivity by 20% – that means you can gain an extra working day every week! Here are 3 ways to get started in your productivity overhaul using iMindMap…

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Opposites Attract: How not to generate awful ideas that almost certainly won’t work…

Great ideas and pragmatic solutions are hard to come by. When we approach a problem from the obvious direction, we are likely only to find a few, obvious answers. In order to unlock those innovative and game-changing ideas, we need to examine the problem in a completely opposite way to the prevailing view. In other words, rather than thinking about ‘what to do,’ we should reverse the challenge by thinking ‘what not to do.’ Read More →

4 quick tricks for a more creative week

Shake things up this week and try out these four simple tricks for injecting some creativity into your work…

1.Monday Morning Part 1: Map out your goals for the week before checking your inbox

Don't answer emails like a robotThis is Productivity 101 but it has a massive impact on creativity too. Responding to emails like a robot answering commands removes your ability to think creatively, because you aren’t thinking for yourself – you’re taking orders.
  
This is reactive thinking and it will allow outside influences to dictate your focus and smother your creativity. So, decide what you want to achieve or explore this week and plan time for it before you open that inbox.

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6 Ways to Activate Your Child’s Mind in the Summer Holidays. . . For FREE

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The summer holidays have just begun, and every parent is wondering how to fill the time. The kids are already getting bored, it’s raining outside and every toy has been played with. Forget dusting off that old scrabble board; instead why not get the kids to give Mind Mapping a go, with our free iMindMap Basic software.

There aren’t many things out there that are completely free AND fun and entertaining but iMindMap Basic is. More than that, it will fire up your child’s grey matter and bring out their inner creativity. You can download it straight to your desktop from our website and get started in minutes. Easy to use and the perfect platform to get the kids thinking.
So onto what to do with iMindMap Basic once you have downloaded it…here are our 6 top thinking tips for getting creative this summer:

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How to find a Work/Life balance with iMindMap

With iMindMap 5 at the forefront of everyone’s minds at ThinkBuzan, days are starting earlier and finishing later, and our developers are a hair’s breadth from bringing sleeping bags to work.  Every provision has been made to make the office feel more homely for those burning the midnight oil (we now have a pool table, sofas and a fully stocked snack corner).

Despite the good mood and energy in the office, this trend of ‘workaholism’ in the organisation has got us thinking about that clichéd concept of a work/life balance.  Is it possible to have the rewarding career and still maintain a fulfilling home life?  How can we have it all?  Read on for a quick exercise to help find that elusive balance.

A good place to start on the road to a more zen-like existence is to get a picture of exactly where you are right now.  Start a Mind Map in iMindMap, or on paper, with all things work-related on one side and everything non-work on the other.  Map out all of the issues you are facing, concerns keeping you awake at night, big projects you are working on, plans you have, aspirations – anything that is occupying your thoughts and your time in both areas of your life.  Now stand back.  What does that picture look like to you?  A smidge lopsided perhap?

Work/Life Balance

If so, fear not!  Now you can see what you’ve got to work with – and clarity is a marvellous tonic for the frazzled mind. Once you realise how much of your time and mental energy is being taken up by one area of your life, you can begin to reassess your priorities and think about what you need to devote more time to.  I, for example, evidently don’t spend enough time exercising, with my family or my friends, or getting any closer to a fluency in Italian.

Go through your map, both sides of it, and delete anything that is a non-negotiable.  For example, feeding the kids, or a work duty that you would get fired for not doing.  We want to re-balance our lives not cause chaos after all.  Looking through the remaining  branches, really think about what you need in your life to make you happy.  What would you regret not doing when you look back on these years?  Drag these branches and drop them onto a new main branch – ‘Essentials’.

These are your priorities and these are what you should build your time around.  If you want to achieve more of a balance, brutal prioritising is the only way to do it.  Make sure every day you are focusing on at least one of your essentials – be that getting into shape, writing your first novel, spending time with your family, whatever you’ve decided is most important to you.

Work/Life Balance with Essentials Mind Map

Next time the clock is ticking past 6pm and you’re sat at your desk about to start on another task, ask yourself is getting that task done there and then is the most important and beneficial thing you could be doing with that time?  Perhaps you could be using your time more efficiently – giving yourself firm deadlines can encourage you to find faster and more effective ways of working.

Be strict with yourself, because whilst we are all wrapped up in iMindMap 5, and missing out on one gym session, or one dinner with friends, doesn’t seem like a huge deal, it does form the beginnings of a habit.  It’s these seemingly small choices that snowball and lead to a slightly wobbly layer around our middle, a stack of unread books next to our bed, and a knowledge of Italian that extends as far as ‘spaghetti per favore’.

In the spirit of breaking the habit, our CEO Chris Griffiths has just announced that we are all, without exception, to be out of the office early to go for a company meal and let off some steam – progress already!  Although, we might just put off the gym a little while longer – maybe til after April 6th…

For more ideas on how you can use iMindMap, take a look at the articles and resources in the Business Solutions area of our website.