Organize projects at home or work (November 16th, 2006)
Product Manufacturer: Mindjet
Price: $229.00 US
- Very easy to use. Good support on site.
- Known conflicts with old spell checkers like Grammarian and Spell Catcher.
Do you have to manage projects at work or at home? Whether you have simple personal projects for your personal life or ones that involve many people or departments after two or three weeks of planning you probably have mountains of notes in your workspace. There is a better way.
Create order out of ChaosMind mapping is a visual way to organize information. From a central idea, you connect other ideas, information, tasks, or any parts of a project. For example, for a Boy Scout Outing, you start with the main topic and draw a line to a box called meals. From the Meals box, you create breakfast, lunch, and dinner boxes. From the each meal, you create boxes with menus, shopping lists, cooking, and cleanup schedules. Another subtopic might be transportation, which you link from the main Boy Scout Outing box. From the Transportation box, you add a list of people who will drive. Next, you go back to the Boy Scout Outing Main Topic and make a line to a box called schedule where you list the activities and needed supplies. Another box may include a list of participants, and another for key phone numbers or email addresses. Before you know it, that whole mountain of project notes is organized on your computer in a neat diagram. This is what MindManager from MindJet does – organizes everything into one easy chart where you can view your whole project simplified.
Simple to UseWhen you start a new project in MindManger, you first select the kind of project. You can choose between a blank map, Organizational Chart, Decision Making map, Meeting, Resume, To-Do-List, or Week at a Glance. Use the tool bar to create boxes for topics and subtopics. The Inspector contains markers to indicate priorities or attention flags to mark your boxes. You can drag and drop graphics or photos from the Library. Using photos of people in an organization chart is very helpful.
If you place a meeting agenda on a map, during the meeting you can project the map on a screen and take notes. As you speak, you can visually draw relationships between people and tasks, and add data needed, such as phone numbers, addresses, Memos, or lists. You can place a hyperlink or an email address link using buttons on the tool bar, and you can even link to files and folders on your computer.