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Mind Mapping

I said in a previous post that I work best with pictures, rather than words - and this is most apparent in my almost obsessive use of mind maps. I use them to:

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.

Playing a Computer like an Instrument

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Most everyone uses a computer.  But a few of us, well, we play a computer like an instrument.

If you're on a computer for 10+ hours per day, this blog is for you.

By "instrument" I mean we know the in's & out's of the device.  We know how to eek out maximum performance from it.  We're the people who others just look at in wonder when our keys fly across the keyboard.

If you've ever found it excruciatingly painful watching others use a computer because of how slow the person is, then you know what I'm talking about.

These are just my tips, but really, I'm writing this because I want to know about your tips.  I want to know what saves you time and makes you more productive.  So please post comments below.

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