I have been intrigued by the idea of Mind Mapping for a while, and despite a few humble efforts I never really got it. Usually it worked such that I bought an app, tried it for a while but in the end it didn’t click, somehow befuddled me and got moved to the second or third screen and eventually deleted.
Maybe I’m not much of a planner or the timing never was right. But I’m open to change things around, improve my skills and learn use tools like this. As far as planning out documents goes I have been using OmniOutliner occasionally, not as much as I would have liked though.
At the end of last year I purchased MindNode1 for both iOS and OS X and despite my earlier experiences, it turned out that the app just felt right for me. So, to got myself a little more familiar with the idea of mind mapping I found these articles rather helpful:
Brett described my current fascination with it rather well:
I like mind maps because they let me think non-linearly and because they allow ideas to “grow” in an organic fashion
As with all new things that I try, it’s open whether mind mapping will fit into the way I work and eventually stick in the long run. At least now I get it and already found it very useful whilst planning my lesson(s) for the remaining schoolyear.