November 14, 2014
The Perfect Pairing – Part 1: Explore your Mind
*PLEASE NOTE – iMindMap and DropTask are now the web-based software, Ayoa. Ayoa is an all-in-one whiteboard tool that combines mind mapping, task management and team collaboration features. Discover Ayoa and achieve your best work.*
It’s the start of a new day and you’re looking for a burst of inspiration to solve those problems that have been playing on your mind. The first challenge to conquer is knowing where to begin. You need something to stimulate your mind so that you can not only generate ideas, but organize them too.
DropTask PRO’s integration with iMindMap 7 Ultimate enables you to apply a visual approach to thinking, mapping out your thoughts as you brainstorm, plan and organize – before using the ‘export to DropTask’ feature where you can put your ideas into action using DropTask.
Together, they provide the perfect visual solution so managing and organizing information has never been easier.
Back to the drawing board
With an incredible tool available at your fingertips, it’s time to start using it to encourage creative thinking and manage your ideas. Below are 5 simple steps to follow when using iMindMap so you can visualize your way to creative conceptions:
1. Start with a central idea
This is the starting point of your Mind Map and represents the topic you are going to explore. It should be central to the page and you should use an image to represent the idea.
2. Add branches to your map
To get creative juices flowing you need to start adding branches from your central idea; these branches represent key themes. With a free flowing design, branches can be added and extended to accommodate new ideas and associations, meaning you are never restricted in your thoughts.
3. Add keywords
For each branch of your Mind Map include just one keyword. The use of a single keyword encourages you to explore the word and generate more associations. Keywords trigger connections in your brain and allow you to remember a larger quantity of information.
4. Colour code your branches
By using colour codes you can categorise, highlight and analyse information, identifying more connections which would not have previously been discovered.
5. Include images in your map
Pictures are a very powerful aspect of creating a Mind Map – they say far more than words. Images are processed by the brain instantly and act as a visual stimuli to recall information. Images also act as a universal language to overcome any language barriers.
Now you’ve followed these five simple steps, generated a creative Mind Map and explored all corners of your mind, your ideas will be bursting at the seams. Those problems you started out with are a thing of the past, there’s no stopping you now – the only way is forward! All you need to do is put those ideas into action so you can complete your goals.
With iMindMap 7 Ultimate you can convert your Mind Maps into projects and tasks by using the ‘export to DropTask’ feature. This way you can manage and organize your ideas from conception right through to completion.
Stay tuned for The Perfect Pairing – Part 2, to find out more about using DropTask PRO’s integration with iMindMap 7 Ultimate.
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With iMindMap 8 just around the corner, creative stimulation will be taken to another level with an all-new Brainstorming Mode, introducing a quick fire way to input ideas and images using sticky notes and pin boards. Click here to find out more.