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Mindnode – an excellent mindmapping tool

April 11th, 2013 By: Ash

Ever find yourself stumped for ideas? You know, when you’re just sitting there staring at a blank computer screen having no idea where to start on your essay or project?

Try mindmapping. It really helps.

Mindmapping gets your thoughts out on paper and arranges them in a non linear form. This usually sparks a new way of thinking.

Mindmapping works very well when creating targeted do lists. Arranging tasks in a non linear fashion is particularly useful when trying to overcome procrastination.    

Mindnode Pro for the Mac is an excellent app for brainstorming which uses the concept of nodes for each new thought and really stimulates thinking.

Mindnode is also available for the iPad and iPhone and syncs with Mindnode Pro. Pretty handy to have this functionality as you can create the mind maps on a large screen but review them on the go on any device.

Key benefits of Mindmapping:

  • Brings surprising levels of clarity when you put your thoughts down onto a mind map, often triggering thought patterns that wouldn’t occur when any other “linear” form of capturing ideas e.g. a writing on a piece of paper or a word document
  • Helps organise thought streams and organise ideas into the “parent” and “child” format which is critical in decluttering your mind.
  • Has an excellent clutter free interface which is critical to the brainstorming or thinking process
  • Helps to make cross connections between ideas (which may otherwise have not been connected)
  • Allows you to add images and links to these thought streams

All in all, MindNode has the potential to dramatically transform a brainstorming session by creating meaningful breakthroughs in thinking. It is available for Macs as well as iPhones.

Below is an excellent (1 minute) video that demonstrates brainstorming using the application

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