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Starting a tech diet – how to use your devices for the better

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The phrase “tech diet” has been flying around a lot in recent weeks – it seems there is a growing appetite for people to find new ways to cut down on their device usage. Social media is a particular pain point for most people, with the average adult losing nearly two hours a day to social media. While it may be tempting to lock away your phone and unplug the broadband, the inevitable truth is technology is an ingrained part of our daily routine. What really matters isn’t the time you spend on your devices, but what you use that time for.

Few would argue that mindlessly scrolling through social media is in any way life-enriching. In fact, overusing social media leads to further addiction and can come paired with even more unpleasant side effects, such as low self-esteem and unhealthy sleeping patterns. The trick to taking a true tech diet is about evaluating when, why and how you use your devices. Once you’ve done that, you can effectively adjust your tech consumption to achieve a better, healthier relationship. Here’s how you can get started:

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What actually is Mind Mapping?

Mind Map

Often associated with a spider diagram, concept map or brainstorm, a Mind Map is a visual thinking tool. Mind Maps provide graphical representations of ideas, displaying them in a non-linear manner. With a distinct combination of colour, imagery and visual-spatial arrangement, Mind Mapping works in harmony with our cognitive functions. For instance, your memory, ability to learn, analyse, and even your creativity, can be enhanced with the practice of Mind Mapping. By mapping out your thoughts, the technique utilises keywords to trigger associations in the brain, sparking further ideas. Generally used to visualise, organise, and classify ideas, Mind Maps are the perfect tool for revision, finding creative solutions, problem-solving, writing and making decisions.

Mind Maps can be drawn by hand or using software such as iMindMap 11. Mind Maps have the capacity to expand your thinking far beyond the limitations of standard note-taking. By following these steps and incorporating Mind Map-specific elements, you’ll be able to boost your thinking, fueling your most powerful ideas yet.
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The 3 most important skills you’ll need in 2019

Planning New Year Skills with iMindMap 11

Want to make 2019 better than 2018? You’re in the right place. To become who you really want to be, you’re going to need to make some changes. Change doesn’t happen overnight and there are no shortcuts to success. But, with the right tools, and the right mindset, you’ll be able to develop a key set of skills that will lead you to your most successful year yet.

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How to set goals you will actually achieve in 2019

iMindMap 11 New Year Goals

Did you know only about 8% of people actually achieve their new year’s resolutions? Major mistakes include quitting everyday habits or the sudden introduction of new and unfamiliar changes. Effective goal planning requires a little more thought than going ‘cold turkey’. It’s important to adjust your mindset to think of your goals as a gradual process rather than expecting immediate change.

While the effort to choose a new year’s resolution shows a great sense of positive intent, a more effective alternative is to adopt new goals for the next year. Read on to discover how you can set goals for 2019 that you’ll actually achieve.
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A short Merry Christmas from iMindMap

Merry Christmas from iMindMap

Merry Christmas everyone…

As the year draws to a close, we’d like to wish a Happy Christmas to every Mind Mapper, innovator and creative pioneer who make up our vibrant community. By all accounts, it’s been an exciting year for iMindMap – with the release of iMindMap 11 – our most powerful software to date.

We’re incredibly proud of iMindMap 11, and equally proud to see all the wonderful and amazing things you have been achieving with it. Without you, none of this would be possible, so once more Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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How to avoid stress and have your most organised Christmas yet

iMindMap 11 Christmas December Mind Map

We say it every year: we just can’t believe there are only two weeks left until Christmas! No matter how early you start to plan for the holidays, it always seems to creep up on you quicker than you expect. With the twinkling lights decorating the streets to the smell of mulled wine in the air, the last thing you want is to let your never-ending to-do list dull your festive glow and zap away your holiday spirit. So, if you’re feeling a little flurry of panic at the thought of getting everything ready, then fear not. Christmas is the perfect time to inject some fun into your festive planning, and we have just the thing you need to avoid feeling stressed and actually enjoy the lead up to the big day.

Read on to discover how iMindMap 11 can help you organise your to-do lists and come up with some fun festive ideas for a Christmas yule never forget.

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3 ways to keep projects productive in December

Merry Christmas from iMindMap

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But when it comes to productivity, well, not so much. The beginning of December means end of year deadlines are fast approaching – and for a large number of industries, Christmas presents the optimal time to turn a profit. So, when there’s so much opportunity –  alongside so much distraction – how can you maintain an efficient and productive work ethic throughout the festive season?

Well, we have 3 tips to show you just that. So while you’re decking the halls and trimming the trees this season, don’t let your work fall behind. After all, you want to stay on Santa’s nice list.

Use iMindMap view to get the festive ideas going

Eyes on the prize

With iMindMap, there is no reason to get lost in the Christmas madness. The biggest challenge we face in the busy month of December is focussing on the tasks we need to get done. With the constant Christmas bustle and festive music blaring, it can feel difficult to think of anything else. Use iMindMap to stay focused on whatever it is you want to achieve.  Whether you’re struggling to get a concept off the ground, or simply want a clearer idea of your next steps for a project, starting your work in Mind Map View is a great way to get things going.

Begin with your central idea and create radiating branches to expand your thoughts further and further across the unlimited canvas. This technique is a great way to give your focus a boost when you’re starting to slip into the Christmas slump. For extra engagement, colour code your branches, insert images and stick to one-word ideas to optimise the visual element of your Mind Map, engaging your brain to the max. The ideas will be snowballing in no time.

 

Use iMindMap view to get the festive ideas going

Plan of action

Now you’ve outlined your wonderful, creative ideas – it’s time to start a project plan that will streamline the tasks that lie ahead. The combination of colleagues on holiday and an office filled with Christmas excitement can make project planning more difficult than usual. Fear not! iMindMap’s Org. Chart View makes setting out projects in logical steps simple and clear – so you can achieve everything you’ve set out to. Breaking tasks down into manageable chunks is a psychologically-backed method for boosting productivity; move sequentially through each task and you’ll be dashing towards a successful Christmas in no time at all.

 

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Deadline approaching

Avoid the ghost of deadlines past! With so much to juggle, trying to stay on top of deadlines is harder than normal – particularly when the date on everyone’s mind is December 25th. iMindMap’s Time Map View will help you keep track of your project timeline so no due dates pass you by. Create a milestone to mark out your deadlines and work backwards from the finish line. Map out all the tasks you need to do to reach your end goal; tasks can be linked and expanded to indicate their timescale.

Time Map View can be used in as much, or as little, detail as you’d like. With the option to add attachments, progress indicators, and comments, reaching your deadline efficiently has never been so simple.

Say bah humbug to disorganisation – iMindMap will optimise your powers of productivity, so you can get as much done as Santa himself. Download the iMindMap 11 FREE trial for your most productive Christmas ever.

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6 ways technology has transformed the world around us

Technology and iMindMap 11

This Cyber Monday, we’re celebrating all the ways technology has affected everything that surrounds us. Read on to discover 6 key impacts of the cyber world and how you can use iMindMap to take advantage of the benefits of technology, every day.

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Why Mind Mapping is the only way to overcome writer’s block

Overcome Writer's Block with iMindMap 11

Lost for words? Whether it’s a business proposal, blog post, or university essay, most people will have to write something at one time or another, if not on a daily basis. So, we all know the frustration of staring at a blank page, particularly when you’ve got a deadline to meet.

Writer’s block is described as the lost ability to produce new work and the experience of a creative slowdown. But, why does it happen? Frequent causes of writer’s block include a lack of structure, stress, perfectionism and selective thinking. It’s important to remember that writer’s block exists only in your head and can be managed by the tools you use. Read on to discover the primary causes of writer’s block and why Mind Mapping is a great way to defeat them.
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3 ways to use iMindMap to enhance your revision

Upgrade your revision with iMindMap

The trouble with deadlines is they always come around faster than you expect. For students around the world, winter exams and essays are looming in the not-so-distant future. When it comes to getting ahead on revision there really is no time like the present. However, getting started on your work is often the hardest part. But, with iMindMap, not only is revision more manageable – it’s actually fun, too. Not convinced? Read on to discover all the proven benefits of using iMindMap to revise. So you can reach new heights of academic success in time for your exams this winter!

an unlimited canvas will take your revision to the next level

Improve your memory

Are you drowning in all the facts, figures and theories you need to memorise? Don’t panic, iMindMap can help improve your comprehension, whatever the subject. The traditional method of copying out revision notes is bland and uninspiring. Switching to Mind Mapping allows you to unlock a whole world of visual thinking – and the benefits don’t end there. Mind Mapping techniques have been linked to improved memory – making storing those all important nuggets of revision easier than ever. To start your revision journey, use Mind Map View – from here you can create a central idea (the subject area you’re revising would be a good start) and begin adding child branches. By using keywords and images, you can break down facts and make it far easier to recall important information. The trick is to move through topics, going from the broad to the more specific – and don’t worry, with iMindMap’s unlimited canvas you’ll never run out of space. Don’t forget to add images, icons and emojis to enhance your visual learning and make all-important memory associations.

org. chart view is perfect for essay planning and revision

Organise your ideas

Sitting down to revise often feels overwhelming. With so much to learn, where should you start? Breaking your work into manageable chunks is key to making progress. If you’re juggling multiple subjects and modules it’s important you keep your priorities clear. Starting work without direction leads to time wasted on menial tasks, while the more important areas end up being neglected. Use iMindMap’s Org. Chart View to outline your revision and streamline your workload. By creating a revision workflow, you can easily create an intuitive breakdown of the tasks you need to do for each subject. The hierarchical top-down structure will make tracing back through your ideas super easy. Your priorities can be seen at a glance, making working through your revision in the right order as simple as possible. This view is also a great tool for planning essays, as you can move from your thesis statement through to your natural conclusion with logic and structure.

org. chart view is perfect for essay planning and revision

Dodge revision boredom

Boredom may feel like a natural by-product of revision – but, when working in iMindMap, it need not be. Many of us know the path from boredom to procrastination all too well. Keeping your brain engaged is a must if you want to make the most of your revision time. Here at iMindMap, we suggest using Radial Map View to stimulate the visual side of your brain. By breaking interlinking ideas into colour-coded rings and easy-to-digest nodes you are able to add meaning to large amounts of information. All whilst being able to see a birdseye view of your revision, so your central goals never get lost.

Another great way to avoid boredom is to get active with your revision. Multiple studies have found that one of the most effective ways to retain knowledge is actually to teach someone else. With a fellow student, take it in turns using iMindMap’s Presentation View to teach each other and you’ll both be as prepared as possible for the exams which lie ahead.

Don’t leave it to the last minute again – rediscover your love of learning and get ahead on revision using iMindMap 11. Download the full-feature 7 day trial for FREE today and unlock your full potential.

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