Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Do You Know What a Mind Map Is?

Photo courtesy of Text 2 Mind Map
Good Morning Friends,
Today I want to share with you a really cool link I ran across for a mind map.

Have you ever heard of a "mind map"?  Wikipedia has a GREAT overview of mind maps but I'll give you the very condensed version.

Mind maps are, by definition, a graphical method of taking notes.  A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.  Mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to planning and organizational tasks. 

I found this great link for mind mapping that I think would be ideal for us homemakers.
http://www.text2mindmap.com/

What I think is so neat about this is we can write in some of our routine seasonal projects, such as gardening in the spring and Christmas preparation in December.  We can also fill it in with other things such as vacation plans, birthdays we will need to prep for, things to remember such as defrosting the deep freeze every 6 months, seasons in our life that are busy with little league and so forth.

If we have a long term goal we can break that goal into smaller parts and write each part to be completed during each season or month.  We can break our spring cleaning up into March, spruce up the outside of our house and yard, April wash windows, and May move furniture to vacuum behind.

It will show us vividly what will be going on during each month and season.  This way, if we are considering a new large project to tackle, we can see what months would be better choices for working on that project.

You can color code your goals and thoughts.  One color can be cleaning, another color family activities, another color spiritual goals, a color for business or even blogging and so forth.  You can use this as a way to track your progress of getting out of debt. 

There are many uses for this mind map, but I'm particularly excited about this one the way it breaks things down into seasons and months.

This map can be printed out on your computer, but I've put mine on a big poster board and have placed it on the wall in my laundry room where I can see it every day and add to it.  I see some great possibilities here.

So take a peek at the mind map and let me know what you think.  Would this be something you would use and if so how?

Happy homemaking,
Nancy

1 comment:

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