We say it every year: we just can’t believe there are only two weeks left until Christmas! No matter how early you start to plan for the holidays, it always seems to creep up on you quicker than you expect. With the twinkling lights decorating the streets to the smell of mulled wine in the air, the last thing you want is to let your never-ending to-do list dull your festive glow and zap away your holiday spirit. So, if you’re feeling a little flurry of panic at the thought of getting everything ready, then fear not. Christmas is the perfect time to inject some fun into your festive planning, and we have just the thing you need to avoid feeling stressed and actually enjoy the lead up to the big day.
Read on to discover how iMindMap 11 can help you organise your to-do lists and come up with some fun festive ideas for a Christmas yule never forget.
With the New Year within reaching distance, you may spend Christmas reflecting on your year so far and what you’d like to achieve in the next 12 months. Mind Map View provides the perfect canvas for you to plot your ideas in a creative and visual display that is designed to boost your brain power and capture your best ideas. Begin by using a central idea to set your focus. For example, you could name your Mind Map ‘My 2019 Goals’ or after a project you’re currently working on. From here, your Mind Map will work in the same way your brain does, by sprouting off a variety of colourful, radiating branches for you to explore different themes and ideas. By adding keywords to each branch, you will trigger associations in your brain, helping to spark new ideas and inspiration.
Santa’s little helper: A picture speaks a thousand words. Add images to your Mind Map to bring your ideas to life and keep you focused on your central idea.
Before you get ahead of yourself planning for the New Year, it’s important to focus on your existing tasks and to-do lists, so you can ensure nothing slips through the net. It can be easy to feel snowed-under with deadlines this time of year, with work projects coming to an end before the Christmas break. Radial Map View will help you organise your priorities, so you can feel in control of your of your tasks and stay on top of your deadlines. Breakdown your workload into easy-to-digest nodes that sit within a beautiful 360-degree map. This visual overview of your work will stop you feeling so overwhelmed, giving you more chance of success. Each section of your Radial Map is colour-coded, so you can clearly see your priorities at a glance; you can then zoom in further to focus on specific sections and uncover further details.
Santa’s little helper: It’s common to have lots of notes dotted around for tasks that you have to complete. Add smaller child nodes to your Radial Map to indicate timescale, resources, or due dates. Radial Map View allows you to keep all this information in one, organised space, so there’s less risk of missing deadlines or key ideas concerning your tasks.
Mapping out your thinking can also be useful outside of the office. With many of us celebrating Christmas, our personal to-do lists can be just as long as our office ones. There’s always so much to organise, from buying Christmas presents for family and friends, to your food shopping list for when your family come round for dinner on Christmas Day. With so many reminders floating around your head, Fast Capture View will allow you to fire your Christmas lists and ideas into a quick and easy-to-use Bubble Web. Once you’ve gathered your ideas, you can then switch seamlessly to Bubble Groups mode to add some colour-coded order to your notes. Let’s take your Christmas present list, for example. Give each person their own colour-coded bubble, and then quickly fill their bubble with individual present ideas that you can view and amend at the touch of a button.
Santa’s little helper: Add cover images to each idea you drop into your Bubble Groups. These images could be present ideas that will help turn your Bubble Groups into a visual mood board, so you’re sure to stay inspired.