It’s been awhile since we talked about mindmaps. Mindmapping is essentially visualizing the information you are trying to organize. You remember creating an outline back in school, I’m sure. Outlines are not always the easiest way to really see the big picture. This is why you would want to use a mindmap. Using this method, you can explore your data in a much more two or three-dimensional way.
A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
We’ve talked about mindmap software in the past. Mindjet’s Mind Manager is an excellent desktop application that lets you build a mindmap with data that you enter. We’ve also mentioned a web-based, full-featured application. MindMeister is a good application online, but it’s not free.
What if you want something that’s easy to access online, and free to boot? Check out Text2Mindmap. This service is free, with no account to sign up for. You enter your text and/or data, and the application will shoot out a structure for you. You can move nodes around to fit your needs. Once you’re satisfied with what you’ve done, save it to your computer as a JPG.
Using a mindmap makes it much easier for others to be able to visualize what it is you’re trying to accomplish. Try using one the next time you have to explain your ideas and thoughts, or even when you need to just get yourself organized.
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