English Literature Analyses with MindMaple

School has been in session for about a month. How are you/your students/your children doing with their assignments? If they are anything like me when I was a kid, writing assignments are put aside until the last possible moment. As a student, writing about books you’re told to read for class is not fun nor easy. However, students of today have what I did not when I was a student: mind mapping software.

I did a quick analyses on “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald using MindMaple, just to see how long it would take. I analyzed the characters, their roles, their relationship with each other, and the themes of the story. Essentially, I would be using the half hour or so I would be using trying to organize my notes on creating a mind map. Of course, if you want your mind map to look as intriguing as the story is, you need more time. On the plus side, if the assignment was to summarize “The Great Gatsby”, I already have it done and looking pretty.

Have a look and let me know what grade you think I would get if I had submitted this mind map as my homework. You can download the mind map template here. If you haven’t downloaded MindMaple for your computer or device yet, visit our website for free and premium mind mapping software.

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[Update] MindMaple has patched to v.1.63

Dear MindMaple users,

MindMaple just released the version of 1.63 to patch the errors in printing function.

An error in v1.62 causes MindMaple program to terminate when clicking the “Print” button after clicking the “Preview” in the “Print” tab. MindMaple v1.63 has fixed this problem.

If you notice any further error, please don’t hesitate to contact support@mindmaple.com

We need your help to bring you a better mind mapping experience!

MindMaple  Team.

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[Update] MindMaple just updated to v1.62

Dear MindMaple users!

 

MindMaple just be updated to v1.62. We appreciate everyone who contributes to feedback and suggestions to help us fixing the errors!

 

In MindMaple v1.62, we have fixed the problem of:

–       License not validating in some specific PCs (Pro version)

–       Some errors that terminates the program

If you encounter any technical issue or error, don’t hesitate to email us at support@mindmaple.com. Your voice not only motivates us to improve the product, but also to provide you a better experience of mind mapping.

 

Thank you for supporting MindMaple.

 

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Use Pomodoro Technique to improve your time management and productivity

How to be productive? Good time management is definitely one of the keys. Today, I’m going to share with you a little trick that helps you stay focused to maximize your productivity in a certain time period, and most importantly, get things done. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you, Pomodroro technique!

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Pomodoro method breaks up tasks into several 25-minute intervals to improve productivity

Some of you might have heard of it, some might not. Pomodoro technique is a time management method originally proposed by  Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian. But why is it called Pomodoro technique while it has nothing to do with tomatoes? The inspiration was  from the tomato timer in the kitchen that was originally used for baking cookies or turkey! But we can use it to time tasks and to enhance our time management.

The idea of pomodoro techniques is to using timer to break down works or tasks into sessions with several 25-minute intervals. The theory behind this is that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. No matter if you’re a student who is struggling for your finals, or if you’re a project manager who is always chasing the deadlines, your to-do list can go on and on. That’s why you need this little tomato trick!

How it works?

1. When applying Pomodoro technique, break down a project into several steps or small tasks that can be finished within 25 minutes.

2. Try to pull all your concentration and resources to complete one task in 25 minutes and cross it out from the to-do list. Then you can take a 5 minutes short break.

3. Every 4 “pomodori” (sessions) you may take a longer break for 25-30 minutes.

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There are also many pomodoro apps available for free on mobile devices; such as Pomodoro Timer Lite for Android, PomodoroTime Management Lite or 30/30 for iPhone. This method is just one of the many methods that helps to stay productive. We’ll share more tricks to you in the later posts; or you can share with us! Tell us your trick!

As for now,  it’s time for my 5 minutes pomodoro break 🙂

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Every business starts with a business plan!

Every business starts with a business plan

Every business starts with a business plan!

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I believe we’ve all been asked the same question since our childhood; we might even still hear it now.  Back in elementary school, a group of 8-year-old kids were talking about their mighty plan for their exciting, unknown future. It was an age that you can be anything or anyone before the reality steps in. Scientists and astronauts are some of the most popular “grown up” jobs children hope to have. Being a president of a country or being a ninja is not impossible either.

I wanted to own a food truck and sell popcorn chicken with boba tea because my mom said I could make a lot of money and be my own boss. If my goal didn’t change, I guess what I meant was to become an entrepreneur!

Every business starts with a business plan.

You’ve already had your Eureka moment! Now your next step is to build a comprehensive plan that leads you the way. Starting a business and making it sustainable is always a long journey, while  plans can never catch the changes. Your plan may evolve as time goes on. Therefore, building a business plan with mind map tools helps you to layout your idea and to organize them as a guideline for you to follow. Here’s an example of retail business plan template for you. Download this template for free here.

Retail business plan template using MindMaple

Retail business plan template using MindMaple

Some tips when creating a business plan…

1.     Hide/Expansion details: Creating a business plan with mind mapping software helps you see the big picture; you will always come back to the core value of your business as the plan changes along the time.  You can always click the + button beside the subtopic box to expand the detail.

 2.     Task scheduling: MindMaple allows users to schedule add memo to the tasks and on the side panel. You can also put down task priorities and task completion icons to keep tracking the task progress.

3.     Collaborating with partners: Share your business plan with your business partner(s) and modify the plan simultaneously in-real time! Best of all, it’s always wise to have a back-up in cloud database like Google Drive.

What is your business idea? Do you have a plan yet? Download the free template and start your plan today!  Good luck with your future endeavors and enjoy MindMaple!

Don’t have MindMaple yet? Download for free here!

Color Code Your Mind Maps

Mind mapping itself is considered an effective way of organizing your thoughts. But there’s another thing you can add to your mind map to make it a very effective visual map of your thoughts. Color coding.

You might start thinking of that time when all of your notes became a jumble of colors. That’s one form of color coding, just not the best example. When done in moderation, color coding your notes can help you and your information be even more organized.

Take a look at this Civil War Timeline template for example:

Civil War Timeline template using MindMaple

Civil War Timeline template using MindMaple

 
Victories and significant events in favor of the Confederates are in blue, while victories and significant events in favor of the Union are in red. Neutral events with significance are marked in gray but emphasized to differentiate from additional information added for depth. MindMaple’s various style options allows you to customize the colors and styles of the information in your mind map to your preferences with ease.

What’s the most effective color code for your mind map?