- Capture meeting notes
- Plan any long form writing I need to do
- General brainstorming
I was first introduced to mind mapping many years ago, when I worked for an eLearning company and a colleague (who ran his own company as a sideline) started reselling a mind mapping tool. It was at a discounted price, and appeared to be the cream of the crop, so I bought it. The product was by MindJet and called Mind Manager. Since then I’ve upgraded and come to almost rely on having it. I also have the tablet app, though I find it quite difficult to mind-map using a touch screen and generally will do a pen and paper map in such circumstances - or, if I’m feeling brave, get out my Jot Script and Penultimate app.
I like the formality that traditional mind maps create - having a central theme with items branching off it - but there are times when you just want to have a completely free rein. For such times I use Scapple (by Literature and Latte - the folks who brought us the terrific Scrivener) which doesn’t impose a central theme and you can do pretty much anything you want.