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You might have heard about the power of mind mapping from studious co-workers or, say, a certain blog, but never had the drive to jump in and start sketching. Text2MindMap, a free visualisation web app, makes turning your ideas into node-based maps as easy as hitting Tab. Type or paste text into an input box, using indents to break up your ideas into categories, and then customise the font size, node colours, and more. When you're done messing with your map, download it in JPEG format (interactive Flash downloads are said to be coming soon), and there's no limit to how many you can create.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Plan a project or map an idea with Exploratree, a free online library of "thinking guides" you can either print out or use online. Templates include the Futures Wheel pictured above, thinking boxes, compare and contrast, and a lot more. Each template is customisable; you can also use them to collaborate on projects with other people.

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For those inevitable times when you feel down in the dumps, DIY Planner suggests making a "life-map" of your accomplishments. Similar to the process of mind mapping, making a life-map simply includes your life achievements rather than brainstorming an idea. You can make it as basic or as detailed as you want; once you're finished, it might be a good idea to hang it up where you can glance at it any time you need to get yourself out of a funk.

Make a Life-map of Achievements