Some people don’t hold the idea of visualization in much regard. While there are those who firmly believe that to meet their goals they have to spend time imagining themselves reaching the summit, others may feel that the real way to come within reach of the brass ring is to make a plan and get to work. In truth, everyone has their own system, and those that are willing to try a new strategy have probably realized somewhere along the way that something isn’t working for them. Of course, the real issue could be that you’re getting hung up from the beginning, spinning your wheels endlessly or simply leaping into projects with no plan at all. And whether you’re in school or you’ve made your way to the business world, you may find that a process called mind mapping can help you to get your thoughts in order. This organizational method provides a great way to get a swirl of insubstantial ideas down on paper so that you can extrapolate on the good stuff and discard the rest. And the MindJet app is a handy and mobile tool for this express purpose.
Brainstorming, mind mapping, and visualization all fall into the same category in that they each provide a means of mental organization. They help you to focus your thoughts to cut down the jumble and make it manageable. So while they are not exactly the same, they all work in similar ways to help you reach your goals. And rather than scoffing at such tools, you may want to give them a try. For students struggling with the many pressures associated with completing coursework, planning long-term school projects, and trying to make a plan that will see them through graduation and into a career, mind mapping can provide a way to cut through the white noise and get down to the nitty-gritty of each task. And office workers can use mind mapping to plan projects while incorporating the many directives from different departments.
For example, a student that is trying to come up with an idea for a term paper may use MindJet to throw out a variety of topics and narrow them down to one stellar subject. From there he could use the branching diagram style particular to this method to form an outline, planning out the major points of the paper before adding the fine print to each section. Parent and child maps make it possible to sub-categorize maps and keep related ideas connected, and the app makes it easy to add new information boxes, as well as color and tag them for organizing and prioritizing. Branches can be collapsed and expanded as needed to tidy up the mind map or alternately, revisit discarded ideas; boxes can be edited and modified to reflect changes in your planning process; and notes and links can be added to quickly provide additional information. Users may choose between kinetic or organic styles that allow them to create mind maps that almost reflect their mental process. And maps can be exported as PDFs (via email).
So whether you’re taking online MBA courses, attending a four-year university, or making your first foray into the working world, this is one free app you can’t afford to pass up. If it turns out that mind mapping isn’t your thing, at least you didn’t have to pay for this tool. But it’s more likely you’ll find that the method is a great addition to your arsenal when it comes to strategies for attaining your goals (professional or otherwise). And MindJet makes it easy to create and edit as many mind maps as you want.
Thanks to Evan Fischer for this guest post. He is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.