As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am a sucker for software and if it’s free even better. For several months, I’ve been reading about the value of mind mapping . According to Chuck Frey, author of the Mind Mapping Software Blog:
It helps you to become better organized. You can use mind maps as a very efficient front-end process for your new projects, to create meeting agendas, to do lists and other valuable time-savers. Your maps can also contain links to files, web pages, notes and individual e-mails. This means you’ll spend less time looking for key documents and information, and more time accomplishing great things. In addition, several mind mapping tools enable you to capture ideas on the fly, so you don’t lose any of them.
Well, I’m not going to argue that I need an tool that will help me with organization. A lot of my ideas, I store in the grey matter that floats around in my skull. However, what I have in my head sometimes doesn’t seem to jibe when I write it down because I know that I’m forgetting some key stuff.
Although I haven’t mind mapped anything yet, I just downloaded XMind to play around with some key concepts in Julius and see if it helps me generate more ideas. The one issue I’m trying to iron out are some of the subplots and whether they work or not in the overall plot.
Will mind mapping help me see the forest and the trees? Or will I see a bunch of circles and lines connecting with each other, and confuse me even more? It’s worth giving it a spin. If I don’t like it, I can always uninstall it.