Document your thoughts like a genius - Mind mapping & Xmind
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Document your thoughts like a genius.
So why the title?
Well, take a close look at people we regard as ‘genius’ characters over the centuries. The way they documented their thoughts, took notes, drew and sketched for inspiration and the format they chose when putting pen to paper had a remarkable similarity to what we now call ‘mind mapping’. Doodles, sketches, linking-lines, pictures, images, groupings, relationships; big picture and fine detail. There was less color than the classic modern day mind map, but crayons and felt tip pens were hard to come by, so the humble quill had to sufice.
This course is about mind mapping - a slightly more formalised and researched form of note taking, that has huge benefits over traditional note taking or thought documenting techniques.
Mind mapping is being adopted in schools and universities by thousands of students who find this method of note-taking to be amazingly easy and beneficial. These same students take mind mapping into their professional lives to organize, memorize, manage and communicate.
Mind mapping is extremely fast , very intuitive and amazingly easy to re-visit and understand.
Mind mapping can be used by anyone who, at any point in their daily lives, needs to make a plan, take clear and readable notes, or explain concepts or projects to others - everyone including C level executives, management consultants, project managers, engineers, writers, poets, students, designers, teachers, stay at home moms or dads.
The uses for mind maps are only limited by imagination itself. Imagine documenting one of Shakespeare's plays - the plots, sub plots, characters, major and minor - the relationship between the characters within the play and even with characters in other of the bards plays. Maybe the relevance of the storyline to a particular time in the life of Shakespeare. To document all this information in a word document for example, might end up as a book in itself. Imagine having all this information on a single sheet, radiating out from a single central topic (i.e the name of the play) - all the information at a glance - imagine using this as the tool to explain every facet of the play to a class of students for example.
Mind maps have awesome power to map, distill and convey information, and explain relationships and ideas in a way the written word cannot. We are visual beings, and a good mindmap gives us an instant picture which is far easier to understand and remember than any other method.
This course covers the theory and principles of mind mapping and then gives you an in depth look into the fantastic market leading mind mapping software XMind.
The course consists of five hours of video tutorial and supplementary materials and the occasional quiz. Depending on your time commitments, the course can be completed anywhere between a day and a few weeks.
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|Section 1: Introduction to this course|
Welcome to the course - and welcome to mind mapping - the single most useful creative and productivity tool you'll ever need to keep your life on track.
This course is essentially in two parts. The first part is about mind mapping in general. You will get to explore the history and roots of mind mapping, including some of the great minds who have used mind map like techniques to make notes or document concepts. You will also learn about the science behind mind mapping and how and why it is such an effective tool when it comes to organization, productivity and creativity.
The second part of the course is an in depth walk through of the superb mind mapping software Xmind. From starting a new project to advanced & sophisticated use of the software to create amazing rich, useful and memorable mind maps. By the end of the course you will have fast tracked your learning curve to create mind maps at lightning speed.
This is a quick video about me - a little bit of my background and how I came to be using mind maps. Hopefully you will find mind mapping as inspiring and useful as I have over the years, in every aspect of your life. I am sure you know the feeling of having spend a day or two tidying and organizing - a room, the garage, the attic.. For the next few weeks every time you walk into the room and see it in its new state of glorious tidiness, you get a warm fuzzy feeling. This is what it's like to mind map.
This video explains the different version options of Xmind. The course has been created on Xmind 6 but a new version of the software has recently been released. The new features and improvements are details in videos near the end of the course.
|Section 2: What is Mind Mapping|
Sometimes it's nice to know how something came to be. The evolution and efforts that eventually resulted in a tool that is used by millions of people around the world. Many of the people we regard as genius used mind map like representations to document their thoughts and works. It wasn't really until the 1970's that this idea was formalized, given a name and some basic best practice rules. This lecture is about the history of mind mapping.
Once mind mapping had been established as a concept and best practices established, mind mapping as an effective creative and organisational tool started to become widespread. The principles started to be fine tuned and inevitably transferred to software applications.
This lecture describes the essential differences between hard copy(paper or whiteboard) mind maps and mind mapping software applications. Once you start using mind maps regularly you find you be using both software and hard copy. The back of an envelope, sketching in a pad, but ultimately your mind map will gain permanence, flexibility and shareability once it is converted to a digital version of some description.
Mind mapping software ... an overview.
What is mind mapping - resources
What is mind mapping?
|Section 3: Why Mind Map|
In this lecture you will get to understand some of the benefits of mind mapping. These range from helping creative thought processes and documenting them, planning projects or events, taking notes, collating and summarizing information, planning presentations or creating the outline to a book or screenplay. The list is only limited by your imagination.
This lecture describes some of the amazing research and observation in the science of the human mind, particularly with regard to creativity, organization and memory. The huge advances in neuroscience give us some pointers as to why mind mapping is an extremely effective tool for thinking creatively, documenting thoughts and ideas and communicating ideas to others.
Why Mind Map - resources
|Quiz 2||4 questions|
A quick quiz on why and how mind mapping works
|Section 4: Installation and setup of Xmind|
This lecture details the installation of Xmind. We will also have a brief look at the different versions, Xmind Basic, Plus and Pro and the supported platform supported.
This course is based on and created around Xmind 6. There is a new version of Xmind (version 7). I suggest in the video that if you are new to Xmind, you download version 6 (available on the download site) so that everything I explain on the course is compatible. At the end of the course you can upgrade to the new version.
Although the vast majority of the course will be relevant to both versions there are a few interface functionality differences. I have a video towards the end of the course, with a basic overview of the changes and enhancements in the new version 7 so the upgrade will be slick and easy and everything you have learnt on the course will transfer nicely.
Installing Xmind - resources
|Section 5: XMind - The fundamentals|
New mindmap, entering ideas and brainstorming
Navigating your way
Fundamentals - Activity
|Section 6: Enriching your mind map|
Inserting features 1 - Images, Summaries, Boundaries, Relationships
Inserting features 2 - Notes, Labels, Audio Notes
Inserting features 3 - Attachments & Hyperlinks
Inserting features 4 - The Matrix table
The Gantt chart
Enriching your mind maps - Activity
|Section 7: Look & Feel|
Look & Feel - Activity
|Section 8: Expanding your mind maps|
Finding and Filtering
Expanding your mind maps - Activity
|Section 9: Exporting and sharing mind maps|
Sharing with other applicationsPreview
Sharing Xmind maps with others
Export and share - Activity
|Section 10: Customization|
Preferences & speed keys
|Section 11: Templates|
Bundled templates & productivity tools
Create you own Xmind templates
Templates - Activity
|Section 12: XMind 7 - the new version|
The section introduction gives a brief overview of the new features and improvements in XMind7
There have been some major version changes to the User Interface and some of the Navigation features in XMind7. This lecture outlines these changes.
Xmind7 has made significant improvements to existing functionality in previous versions. This video will explain the improvements made to existing Xmind version functionality.
XMind 7 - New features
XMind7 - Resources
|Section 13: Final thoughts|
Colin is committed to helping people have a more tranquil life - balanced, healthy, efficient and stress free. Whilst a seemingly insurmountable challenge - to try and balance a life in an environment human being were not designed for, there are many tools we can use to take on this challenge.
Colin has many years of experience and understands well, the different challenges posed by the varied work and home environments. Colin has worked in the corporate environment, sales and marketing and IT but also knows the challenges of an entrepreneur and stay at home dad, having run his own businesses in IT, photography and health and fitness. A graduate in Psychology, Colin has always had a fascination with the human dilemma, a modern mind in a technological world, transported in a confused and primal body. By trying to understand what both parties need, the challenge of a composed, serene mind in an optimized body might be achieved.