Several years ago I stumbled upon this concept of “mind mapping”. Frankly I really didn’t see the point of mind mapping when I first discovered it. After all it reminded me of those brainstorming maps my English teacher made me create in the 3rd grade. Not exactly the type of thing you expect someone in a business setting to create. Nonetheless, I started using it for managing simple tasks, which compounded into more complex tasks, and before I knew it I was mapping everything from major business projects to my packing list for vacation.
With my 3-week vacation over, this week has been all about returning to reality. As with almost any vacation, this week has mostly been about getting caught up on everything I missed while on vacation. Thankfully it seems many of my coworkers took some vacation time as well, so my return hasn’t been as daunting as one may imagine. Among the things I have been meaning to do is offer a special thanks to a few incredibly generous companies who recently supported my Local User Group’s (Richmond AutoCAD Manifest) end-of-year dinner.
As we planned this years dinner among our goals was to gather some door prizes which our members could actually use. Yes we know every office worker needs a special coffee mug, and even red stapler, but we wanted something a little more useful than that. We were incredibly fortunate to have the following companies support our LUG Dinner.
Back in May I made a post titled “Some Nifty Tools” where I mentioned a very handy tool from Mindjet called MindManager. Since then the tool has become an absolutely indispensible part of my daily workflow. The power of all mind mapping software, MindManager included, is it’s versatility. Frankly there’s no wrong way to use the software, making it’s potential uses almost endless.
Some of my favorite applications of MindManager have included note taking in meetings to on-screen presentations, and even strategic planning. Of course one area which has proven especially helpful for is is tracking and documenting my companies Civil 3D Styles.
Back in May I happened to mention Mindjet’s MindManager product in a post titled Some Nifty Tools. Back then I was relatively new to the product, but it has quickly become an indispensible part of my daily workflow. These days I use MindManager for everything from mapping (planning) out my day, planning and documenting my Civil 3D projects (data shortcuts), even down to documenting my Civil 3D Style library.