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
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How To Get Started With Mind Mapping
Create a central topic. Try to state your main subject in three words or less. Make it the central image of your diagram.
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.
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.
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.
Assign homework. Get ready for action. Generate challenging assignments. For team activities, give each participant specific responsibilities and a due date.
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
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.
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
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.