Spring has finally sprung, bringing with it the perfect opportunity for a fresh start and the chance to get organised for the rest of this year. Many use this time of year to spring clean homes and offices, so why not freshen up your thinking space? This article will show you how to achieve clearer headspace ready for new beginnings. De-clutter your brain and organise your thoughts using iMindMap this springtime, to ready yourself for future success.
Before you begin planning for future projects, take some time to reflect on the year so far. Think about all you have achieved this year and note down any tasks left on your to-do list. Do you have a project that needs to be wrapped up? Are there any smaller tasks that you’ve avoided starting? Take this as an opportunity to tie up any loose ends by setting them out in a Mind Map.
This process should be positive, and not looked at as a reminder of what you haven’t finished. By Mind Mapping your tasks using only keywords, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed by your to-do’s, which can often be the case with long lists of linear notes. The visual overview of a Mind Map highlights any gaps, helping you spot any extra tasks that need finalising. Your Mind Map will provide you with a fresh perspective on any sticking points. Look out for any connections between tasks that will help you to overcome any obstacles and reach your end goal quicker.
Once your leftover tasks have been dealt with, it’s time to start thinking about future projects. If inspiration has run dry, instantly reboot your motivation with iMindMap’s Fast Capture View. Quickly pour any ideas you may have into a web of limitless bubbles. At this stage, your thoughts can be raw and unrefined; often this is where the best ideas are born.
When you are ready, switch to the Mind Map View to develop your ideas further, using only keywords to keep things clear and straightforward. With a bird’s eye view, you can keep your end goal in mind always whilst breaking your plan down into smaller, manageable chunks. You will find that the unrestricted and radiating nature of a Mind Map will draw out extra details. Using keywords and colour on your Mind Map will also trigger new associations in your brain, sparking further ideas that may have otherwise been missed. Before you know it, your initial thoughts have developed into solid goals for the year ahead, and you are motivated to achieve them.
Set your goals into action by switching to iMindMap’s Time Map View. Here your Mind Map’s branches become actionable tasks. Time Map View creates a clear plan, based on your time scale and end goal. It will help you stay focused, and save you from falling behind by highlighting any incomplete tasks with the Current Time Indicator. If you are working towards your goal as part of a team, assign tasks to specific people using Time Map View’s Swimlanes, and clarify who is responsible for what tasks.
It is important to stick to good habits here. Keep things manageable and avoid overwhelming yourself. Group associated tasks using Milestones, and break your Time Map down into achievable chunks. Celebrate success as you accomplish each Milestone along the way to your end goal.
Now that your mind is cleared, why not keep it that way? With the amount of data that we consume daily, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. As a result, we can fall victim to unnecessary stress, and struggle to retain a clear focus on tasks.
As we’ve seen, Mind Mapping can help to turn crushing amounts of information into something meaningful. From tackling business projects and writing reports, to revising for exams and outlining presentations, a Mind Map consolidates large amounts of information onto one page. By using one keyword per branch, you can review only the most essential information and avoid getting overwhelmed.
iMindMap’s Brainstorm View is also ideal for organising reams of information. Pin sticky notes to the infinite corkboard canvas and utilise the formatting and conversion tools to highlight and categorise ideas.
This Spring, embed iMindMap into your everyday for a fresh way of thinking to spark, develop, organise and action your best ideas in a concise and coherent way. To help you stay on track and avoid falling back into old habits, refer to your creations throughout the year. Use them as a reminder to keep your thinking spring cleaned and de-cluttered, for clearer focus and greater achievement.