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4 steps to get you back on track after the summer slowdown

During the summer months, most of us become accustomed to the inevitable summer slowdown. With everybody taking annual leave for holidays or to care for children – projects stall, routines slip and lethargy creeps in. With autumn fast approaching, why not use the last few weeks of summer as an opportunity to get your goals back on track for the rest of the year by dreaming big, setting goals, and planning better than ever before. Here’s how to create a mid-year personal review using Mind Mapping software, iMindMap, in just 4 steps…

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New Course: Become an Official Mind Map Coach

Fast-track your way to powerful new skills on the 2 day ThinkBuzan Official Mind Map Coach Course, endorsed by the creator of Mind Maps, Tony Buzan. Delivered by Chris Griffiths, co-author of the best-selling book, ‘Mind Maps for Business’ with Tony Buzan, and creator of the iMindMap software, winner of Biggerplate’s Mind Mapper’s Choice Award 2016. Chris is also responsible for setting up the ThinkBuzan Global Trainers Network. Learn the core principles of Mind Mapping and how to facilitate creative thinking, problem solving and to manage yourself and others more productively. After the course, you will be able to apply your newfound skills to coach and consult others.

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4 ways to conquer information overload with Mind Mapping


According to a recent survey, a shocking 94% of knowledge workers have at some point felt overwhelmed by information to the point of powerlessness. A 2012 study by the University of California suggests that current data levels are the equivalent of everyone consuming 12 hours of information each day. In practice, that means that three quarters of our time is spent receiving information – no wonder we are all getting overwhelmed! Too much information can significantly diminish our attention span and focus, not to mention hinder our ability to be creative. The impact on individuals varies from simple time-wasting to serious stress. For organisations, this can result in a damaging loss of productivity. But fear not. You can transform crushing quantities of information into something meaningful and give your brain the freedom to think using our Mind Mapping technique.

Here’s how…

1.Cut down clutter to find the facts

Add keywords to branches

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3 unusual uses for Mind Mapping to enhance your performance at work

Mind Mapping is a world-renowned technique for brainstorming, organising, studying, presenting, managing projects and much more. Mind Maps are infinitely versatile and have many applications, even some that are less obvious. Here are three less common ways to use Mind Maps in the workplace that you might not have considered.

1. Remember every detail of your phone calls

We’ve all been there – trying to keep up with our phone conversation whilst scribbling down important details on our notepads. If you can’t keep up with the flow of the discussion and you’re missing key points as a result, you need a method for capturing information quickly. Next time you make an important call, Mind Mapping your conversation will help you to remember every detail and record vast quantities of information with ease.


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7 everyday challenges Mind Mapping can help you to overcome

Mind Mapping can be applied to any task to help you think with clarity and boost your understanding and performance. When you use Mind Maps on a daily basis, you will find that your life becomes more productive, creative and stress-free on every level. The number of uses Mind Mapping has are endless. Here are seven everyday challenges that Mind Mapping can help you to overcome.

1. Remember every detail

If you’re struggling to remember key information, useful ideas and important facts, try using a Mind Map to give your memory a boost. Through the use of short, memorable keywords, Mind Maps chunk information into core themes, which trigger connections in the brain to help you remember more. To recall specific pieces of information in your Mind Map, make them stand out using colour. Changing the colour of the branches links the visual with the logical and creates mental shortcuts to boost your memory. Adding images will also improve your ability to recall information. They’re processed instantly by the brain, so you’re more likely to remember them than long sentences. Personalising your Mind Maps with images and colours strengthens your connection with its content to help you remember every detail. Read more.

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4 steps to perfect project management with iMindMap

Managing big, complex projects can be daunting. With external and internal factors to consider, deadlines to meet and budgets to adhere to before you reach your end goal, it’s no wonder we get overwhelmed.

iMindMap has a workspace to suit every stage of the project management process, from the initial brainstorming to executing. Each workspace offers a unique way to visualise the information surrounding your project. They will help to ensure you consider all factors, plan thoroughly, prioritise effectively and ultimately streamline your project management. Read on to find out how to make unclear, poorly communicated and time consuming project management a thing of the past.

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Is doubt killing your great idea? Try Mind Mapping a Greens and Reds Analysis

Have you ever had a brilliant idea that you were excited to share, only for fear to kick in and stop you in your tracks? What if others thought it was too wacky? What if it was flawed? At some point, we can all fall victim to self-doubt. Don’t fret, Mind Mapping a Greens and Reds Analysis will help you to surpass your initial doubt.

The Greens and Reds Analysis is a simple but effective problem solving strategy that allows you to look at an idea’s pros and cons and make confident choices. By doing your homework, in this case analysing your idea, you will build a strong case around it before you present it to others. In the example below, we will imagine that we manage a companies I.T. department and some of our support team members would like to work from home a few days a week, rather than travelling to the office every day. For an effective analysis, we recommend weighing up the ‘Greens and Reds’ of an idea using the Mind Mapping technique.

Greens and Reds Analysis Mind Map
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How to generate fresh ideas: Mind Mapping a new perspective

One of the greatest limitations to creativity that we face is our tendency to only look at the world from our own, singular perspective. How often do you stop and consider an alternative viewpoint? Different people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, professions and interests will have different outlooks and opinions. Why not adopt another viewpoint to encourage your brain to produce original ideas? If you break the shackles of your narrow vision, ideas that were invisible from your own viewpoint will become clear.

Mind Mapping is ideal for this exercise as it triggers connections in the brain to spark further ideas. Using Mind Mapping software, such as iMindMap will allow you to get your ideas out of your brain and onto the page at lightning speed. Follow the three simple steps below to learn how to use Mind Mapping to borrow other perspectives when problem solving and generate creative ideas. In this article, we will use ‘low staff productivity’ as our example problem.

Step 1: Identify different points of reference

Identify perspectives Mind Map
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Solve complex problems with a Six Thinking Hats Mind Map

Mind Mapping 6 Thinking Hats

When it comes to solving business problems, your perspective only provides one singular view of the situation. This can seriously limit creativity, and is therefore damaging to the overall progress of your business. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a great technique for breaking away from a narrow point of view as it encourages us to look at a problem from many different angles and experiment with different approaches.

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