Is Mindmapping For You?
The answer to this question is a hard one. Those of us who use them often and for almost everything will of course say yes. Those who don’t quite understnd what all the hype is about may say no. It is completely individualized.
Why I became interested in mindmapping
I have been using mind maps for years. The thing is, I didn’t know what they were, called. Recently my son was having issues in school due to Dyslexia and finding that he has ASD. After spending a ton of time researching things out there that could help him I remembered that I when in school I had used the “bubble” style map and they had been very very helpful. The search was on for the perfect technique or software to help him get through the rest of school and give him the tools that he needs to be productive.
I think that I checked out every single software trial that popped up on the Internet. I was surprised at the number of programs out there! After trying out all the free ones and most of the ones that had trials I came upon one called iMindmap 9 that was certified by tony Buzan. It looked very promising and there was a 7-day trial. I feel in love but as with any relationship I tend to jump in headfirst and there were some things I missed; like the price for the software!
How do you miss something that important? Well I was excited!
When I get excited about something I tend to hyper-focus and the only thing that matters is the item that has my full attention at that particular moment. I learned my lesson on this one.
When I finally checked the price I about had a heart attack. The software was over $300! But alas, I had already fallen in love with it and there was no turning back now.
I prepared myself for the begging process with my husband. He was not going to be happy when I sprung this on him. But at least more than one person could use it and I knew that once we mastered the learning curve that it would be super super helpful.
I also forgot to mention that the 504 drawn up for Tony allowed this program to be used for ALL assignments which would make things quite a bit easier.
So what is mind mapping?
Well, its kind of like a brain dump of sorts. You take a central idea and from that use a branch type organizational system to get it all out in a visual form. But that is the way I explain it. Let me give you the proper definition as started by tony Buzan.
“A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner. In so doing, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance.”
Now that you have been given the formal definition of mind mapping let me go a bit further into why I fell in love with iMindmap 9 and Tony Buzan.
When I was looking for software I was looking for something that covered all the bases when it came to what my son would need as he was going to be the primary user. At the same time I also wanted something that my oldest son could use as well if he needed it for something. I mind map 9 met heads as it is more than your typical mind mapping software. It has the ability to fast capture ideas so you don’t lose them and then you can worry about organization later. This is particularly handy for kids who tend to not think that far ahead. On a side note, if you also use a software called Drop Task the visuals are very similar and will feel comfortable. Then you have the Brainstorm view which is like a virtual corkboard where you can do a more hands on style of creation.
I prefer to use this on the go (easier to use than the mobile version of iMindmap 9) and has different features that I tend to use more often while on the go. I can work in this iOS app and export to iMindmap 9 on the Mac or the sister iThoughts app for Mac.
As I said before, this won’t be for everybody but it works for us. I plan to write a few more posts about our experience so far (we have only had the software a month and still learning).
At the very bottom of this post I have listed some links for you to check out if interested.
Also, please keep in mind that while I am still learning it is always more fun to go on a journey like this with someone. If you have any questions please ask. Suggestions are most welcome as well.
There is definitely more to come in regards to mindmapping.
Useful links for further information
- community of fellow mind mappers who share and collaborate with maps
iThoughts HD for iOS
iMindmap 9 Software Info Page
A quick search for the tags below may net you some more examples and articles on the topic.
- TAGS THAT I USE
- Blogging Platforms
- imindmap 9