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Productivity for Entrepreneurs – Mind Mapping

By Lee Stemm

February 25, 2020


Productivity for Entrepreneurs – Mind Mapping 

THE STRATEGIES & TOOLS YOU NEED TO BECOME A PRODUCTIVITY MACHINE.

Successful businesses are run by highly effective entrepreneurs. There's no way around it: if you want to grow a thriving business, you have to be productive. Especially for early stage startups, small team businesses and self-funded businesses, your ability to focus and get the right work done makes the difference between success and failure.

Increasing your productivity, your effectiveness, your ability to achieve goals - it's not about what you do. It's about what kind of person you become.

If you want to succeed in business and in life, it's not about learning the hottest tips or using the shiniest apps. It's about becoming a focused, highly productive, highly effective kind of person.

In this article we will be exploring : 

Bring Your Good Ideas to Life With Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a popular technique for visually outlining information. These diagrams can be simple or elaborate, and you can buy software or invent your own designs. Either way, they help you to turn your great ideas into concrete actions.

Benefits of Mind Mapping

Pros

    • Boost your creativity. Mind mapping sparks creative thinking. Forget about editing for a while and focus on getting all your thoughts down on paper.

    • Encourage collaboration. Use mapping as an individual or group activity. Communicating information visually makes it easier for other team members to understand the message and strengthens group memory.

    • Increase your productivity. You’ll love being able to automate routine tasks. Being better organized will free up more time for exciting new projects.
    • Learn to be more effective. The dynamic nature of mind mapping is ideal for getting effective results. Structuring and discussing information promotes greater engagement than passive reading.

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How To Get Started With Mind Mapping

1.

 Create a central topic. Try to state your main subject in three words or less. Make it the central image of your diagram.

2.

 List all the relevant subtopics. Brainstorm about everything related to your main idea. You’ll be adding subtopics as branches using additional lines and shapes branching out from the center.

3.

 Organize your topics by categories and relationships. Now you can start thinking about groupings and the way things relate to each other. This will suggest how to position and connect different elements.

4

 Link to supporting information. To keep your map easy to read, you may want to create links to external resources. For example, an organizational chart could reference staff biographies or a document for a meeting could link to minutes from previous sessions.

5

 Assign homework. Get ready for action. Generate challenging assignments. For team activities, give each participant specific responsibilities and a due date.

6.

 Review and evaluate. Look for ways to make improvements as you use your mind maps. You may want to make your labels more concise or vary your color schemes

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 Add text. Even though this is a visual exercise, words play a valuable role. Add a legend to explain frequently used symbols. Use call outs for elements that require further notes.

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 Develop templates. Over time, you may find that you use similar formats over and over. Save your favorite templates to make the process even faster in the future

How to Apply Mind Mapping

Application

  • Advance your business. Most people get introduced to mapping at the office. It’s good for many tasks, from meetings to project management. Give your daily to do list a new look or work your way up to designing an impressive visual display for your next performance review.
  •  Make important decisions. You can also extend this visualizing to other areas of your life. When you’re faced with a tough dilemma, sketch out all the pros and cons and the perspectives of different players.
  •  Record your thoughts. Some of your most valuable ideas are likely to pop into your head when you least expect them. Experiment with free apps that will let you create maps on your phone.
  •  Process large volumes of information. Given the information overload that comes with modern living, it’s easy to see why mapping is becoming more common. Mind mapping is a simple way to deal with a lot of facts in a short time and spot the connections between them.

Conclusion

Mind-maps alone never increase productivity. It is always up to you to make the difference. So hear is what the not so smart people do.


They read the article and find it good enough for them. They understand what it can do for them but don’t take action.

Then there is you together with fellow successful people who grow to become more productive.

You take action. You start to create notes in mind-maps. You run a meeting and take notes with mind-maps. You organize your thoughts and your projects in maps and see a big difference.


You see, it is just as simple as that. You apply what you read.

 

Now… Take Action!


Now it is up to you. I want to hear from you how this helped you, what you will do with this information, or what I can learn from you. Let me know how your mind-maps increase productivity by leaving a comment below.

Lee Stemm

About the author

Lee supports Online Entrepreneurs to Grow and Scale Their Business. Currently, her focus is with course creators, wanting to build and launch their online programs. She also works with the Teams within The Business, to create the culture based on Leadership and High Performance

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