Mind mapping wherever, whenever. That sounds really interesting. I want to discuss three ways with you to create mind maps wherever you are.
Here are first four basic guidelines a tool has to offer me to create mind maps:
1. Create any type of mind map.
2. Easy to carry around and 247 at my disposal
3. Allows easy mind mapping.
4. Require hardly any training to use (when you know about mind mapping)
For me, mobile visual mapping is something that helps me to capture my thoughts and ideas. I am not really looking for a tool that lets me map together with others. When I do that, I want to have a nice big computer screen or white board to use.
Here are three types of mapping solutions that will help you and me in this.
1. Mind Mapping On Your Laptop/Net book
Of course you can create mind maps on a laptop. You have a big screen and you can probably use your favorite mind map tool. Add to this the advantage of probably using the same license as you have for your desktop and you have a wonderful combination: low cost and your own tool!
However… when I have to carry my laptop around to capture my thoughts… most of my immediate and most powerful thoughts are lone gone the moment I have my tool ready to capture them.
Using a net book is a much better solution. These computers are build to give faster results and need less time to boot. Another advantage is that these computers are smaller and easier to carry around. The screen size is probably not that impressive (10 inch), but still, it gets the job done!
Create any type of mind map – 8
Easy to carry around and 247 at my disposal -4 mind mapping
Allows easy mind mapping – 8
Requires hardly any training to use – 8
End score: 7
2. Mind Mapping On Your Mobile Phone
Most of us have a mobile phone. The latest models offer lots of features that make visual mapping much easier.
You may have used tools on your older mobile phone before. I even used to create mind maps on my Palm PDA (back in the days).
The biggest advantage was that you could ‘instantly’ work on my maps. The device was small and I believe it even used a color display. Still, there were some drawbacks back then. The maps created were not really the most powerful looking mind maps.
And please, don’t talk about zooming in and out. The screen resolution was not that impressive compared to mobile phones nowadays. Yes, if you were a true software mind mapper then, you had to endure some difficulties.