Recently, I was approached via email by Jabe, a representative from MindMaple.  MindMaple is a graphic organizer and the contact offered me a registered copy of the software in exchange for me writing a review of the software.  I had to decline; I don’t do that sort of thing.  Reviews of products that I do are things that I’ve found by myself, experimented with, and decided to write a review. 

I did download the free version of MindMaple and played around with it an found myself liking it.  However, I felt that to do a review because of the intial process might taint the process.  So, I did get back to the company and explained my issue.  As a compromise, they offered to write a blog post about the product and I agreed to post it as a guest blogger post.   I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but if you know me, you know that I’m a fan of graphic organizers.

So, here is the post, unedited by me, for your reading pleasure.  The post is from Jabe Ziino from MindMaple Inc.

We are constantly dealing with a flow of information. Busy schedules, updates from social media, interesting articles and discoveries from around the internet, can complicate our lives and overwhelm our attempts at organization.

Mind mapping is a method of organizing information that many people find to be helpful in their personal and professional lives. Mind maps are useful for brainstorming, planning, organizing notes and schedules, and more. To make a mind map, you usually begin with a central topic or theme, and create branching subcategories around the central topic.

An intuitive method to organize groups and categories

Let’s say you are interested in growing your blog or social media following by sharing the best articles that come your way every day. You can use mind mapping as a way to organize the variety of content you encounter.

The visual interface of the mind map encourages you to engage with each article in multiple ways. Although an article might seem to belong in one category, you can make note of its connections to other articles and other categories using arrows and callouts. This kind of connective thinking can help you generate creative ideas to share with followers.

A different approach to information

We are so accustomed to seeing information simply as text organized in a linear manner. However, linear organization can suppress the inclination of our minds towards creative, associative thinking.

In contrast, making a mind map is a process of expansion and connection. Instead of progressing linearly towards a single goal, mind maps branch outwards in a dynamic way. This flexible format encourages you to think associatively and to make new connections, instead of limiting information to a specific context.

In addition to being a tool for creativity, mind mapping allows you to structure and categorize information, which makes it an excellent tool for careful planning and organization.

MindMaple – A great way to learn mind mapping

MindMaple is a mind mapping software available in both a free and paid version from http://www.mindmaple.com. The software interface is intuitive and attractive, and allows you to customize your maps in a variety of ways. MindMaple is worth checking out if you’re interested in mind mapping—it’s free after all.

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