Let’s get the hard question out of the way, first: What the heck is a mind map? Think of it like a way to organise your thoughts. You pick a general topic, then you draw out branches to subtopics, and each of these subtopics can have branches of their own that go to sub-subtopics, and so on and so forth.
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Web: Not all notes are text, and while most of the big note-taking apps, like Evernote or OneNote, can handle images, they're not really made for them. Milanote feels like it is.
Mind maps are wonderful tools for organising information and boosting creativity. GTD guru David Allen says that he now maps out his "world" because his lists of projects and actions alone didn't keep him as much on top of everything as he needed.
Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. They can also help you become more creative, remember more and solve problems more effectively. Whether you're new to mind maps or just want a refresher, here's all you need to know about this technique.
A career plan is a map that guides you to where you really want to go professionally. While there are several approaches to career planning and mapping your way to your next job, a mind map is an excellent tool for brainstorming and organising your career ideas -- especially if you're not sure yet what you want to do.
Change is rarely easy, but it is inevitable, and it's important that you account for it. When you don't, problems arise because one part of your life is now different, yet the way you go throughout your days is the same. Next time your life shifts in a noticeable way, create a change map to help you alter your regular routines so you can avert the disaster that comes with staying a doomed course.
We're big fans of mind mapping here at Lifehacker, but its value isn't always apparent if you haven't tried it. This infographic explains some of the commonly used memes in mind mapping.
Mac/iOS: Regardless of the type of work that you do, brainstorming is an important part of generating new ideas and new approaches to getting your work done more efficiently. Mind mapping is a brainstorming technique that helps you get all of your interconnected thoughts out in a diagram, and there are a number of complicated tools designed to help you do it. MindNode for Mac and iOS is pricey, but it's one of the best tools we've seen for the job.