Happy New Year from MindMaple!

A new year is almost upon us. For many people, it’s a time to reflect on the past year, make a new start and set some new goals for the upcoming year.

I have learned from past experience to keep the following things in mind anytime I set goals:

1. Be specific. It’s easy to make general goals, such as “live a healthier lifestyle” or “be more productive,” and it is helpful to keep these general directions in mind, but it’s more difficult to be accountable to yourself unless you have specific,. clearly-defined goals that you can achieve on a weekly or daily basis.

2. Don’t spread yourself too thin. It’s great to set ambitious goals! But if you set too many goals for yourself, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged when you hit roadblocks. A good strategy is to break up an ambitious, challenging goal into a series smaller goals. As you find success with these smaller goals, it provides a sense of accomplishment that propels you towards your larger goals.

MindMaple is a perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your ideas for the new year.

Here’s an example mind map I made using MindMaple to illustrate a possible brainstorming session (these aren’t necessarily my goals; I tried to imagine goals that many people can relate to).

New Years Brainstorming Session

There are a lot of goals on this map, probably more than the average person would want to tackle in a single year. So I used MindMaple’s Icon Marker feature to mark priority goals with an exclamation point, such as financial goals and health goals. Since finance is a priority for this individual, I also used a “coin stack” marker to indicate goals that might be expensive and therefore in conflict with the primary goal of financial responsibility. I also used the a Relationship feature to indicate related goals, which led me to note the connections between certain goals.

After brainstorming and focusing on a few specific goals, I made a more condensed mind map with specific goals. MindMaple’s Task Information features and Completion markers would be great to use to keep track of goal progress throughout the year.

Goals for the New Year

Don’t forget about the original brainstorming map! You can continue updating it if you come up with new goals during the year, and it could be a great source of inspiration several months down the road.

Happy New Year! And good luck with your goals and resolutions.

-Jabe

Breaking the Patterns

Hello!  I just wanted to take a moment to highlight some points regarding MindMaple  that I believe are quite significant.  MindMaple has arrived at the perfect time, since the nature of work has notably changed as a result of our current economic situation.  Workers are having to wear multiple hats, performing not only their jobs, but others as well due to layoffs.  Workloads and projects have increased in addition to workers needing to be more creative and innovative to help grow business.

In terms of education, students and teachers are subjected to increased pressure and workload as well.  On a personal level, this overload then bleeds into individuals’ lives making it difficult to manage home, family and work.  This situation has left people overwhelmed, hindering them from taking on extra projects, finishing tasks, and completing work with as much quality.

I know my tone and content in this post appears to put a damper on the MindMaple celebration, but there is a happy ending to this story.  I promise.  This is where MindMaple comes in as a solution to this problem.  MindMaple enables people to be able to successfully tackle their work and take on projects they may not have been able to otherwise.  This product helps individuals to think more creatively and be more productive in both their personal and professional lives.

One of the greatest things about MindMaple is that it is for both beginner and advanced use.  It has a very user friendly interface which will not be daunting for new users and provides structure for the maps when you are just getting started.  In time, with more use, there is ample room for creative freedom with MindMaple and you can design your maps how you like with numerous features to choose from to enhance it.  Also, there is a context sensitive tool bar, so new users are not bombarded with the many options available.  Just another way MindMaple is very intuitive.

Now, I know that when you are stressed and overloaded, it makes it challenging to try something new and break ingrained, long standing patterns of the way you would normally brainstorm, take notes, and outline.  But let me point out the obvious…It has not been working well enough and you are still overwhelmed, right?  So, what do you have to lose?

I, myself, know how easy it is to get comfortable in habits even though they are not serving me.  So, the new year is coming.   Why not make a new year’s resolution to manage your life better, feel better, and try something new?  Who knows, perhaps MindMaple will revolutionize the way you think, work, and communicate forever.

Cheers!!

The MindMaple Blog Sets Sail

Greetings reader! Thanks for joining me on the maiden voyage of the MindMaple blog. Sorry, I’ve already smashed the champagne bottle.

To get this started, take a look at the following mind map, which I made using MindMaple. It’s a large image with small text, so you might want to open it in a new window to get a better look. The mind map describes how I envision the growth and purpose of this blog.

My vision for the MindMaple Blog

As you can see, one of my major hopes for the blog is that it can be a tool for interaction between us, the MindMaple team, and you, our users. We want to answer any questions you have about our product , so feel free to ask! And we would be thrilled to get feedback from you about MindMaple. We want to hear both the good–such as ways you use mind mapping to accomplish your goals, or mind maps you’ve made and that you think others will appreciate–and the ways we can improve and help you better.

Another goal I have for this blog is for it to be a site for sharing our ideas and inspirations related to mind mapping. I am continually amazed by the versatility of MindMaple as a tool. It can used by executives at powerful corporations to organize presentations and meetings and by children in school learning language and vocabulary. I’m sure each one of us has unique ways we use MindMaple. Let’s share our ideas!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Jabe