Knowing how to mind map can be extraordinary. I want to take a minute to talk about some mind mapping tools that will help you increase your productivity and that offer the ability to do it wherever and whenever you need to.
There are really two ways to mind map (if you have other suggestions, please let me know).
- Using Software
We’re going to dig into each one of these together.
Freehand Mind Mapping Tools
If you’re going to be mind mapping freehand style, there’s a couple of (obvious) things you’ll need.
Something to Write On
Obviously you’ll need something to write on. Typical this would just be a piece of paper, but in some cases, you may want to use an easel. An easel is a great mind mapping tool if you’re brainstorming with a group of people.
I’ve even used a napkin when I was at a restaurant with a business partner. We were running through some ideas. The point here is to use whatever is available to you.
Something to Write With
And then you’ll obviously need something to write with:
- Crayons (I have a little girl, so some of my mind maps are made with crayons)
Mind Mapping Software
Okay, enough with Captain Obvious. Let’s take a look at some mind mapping software products that might be a great fit for you. There are a ton of them out there, and they are available on multiple platforms. Here are a few lists that are in alphabetical order. I have used some of them, while others have been strongly recommended by people I know.
PC or Mac
If you’re using a regular computer, Mac, or laptop, here are some premium software choices to consider:
- Mind Manager from Mindjet
There are also a few free mind mapping tools to choose from as well:
Tablets and smartphones are very common tools to use nowadays. Here are a few mobile options to choose from:
- Mind Mapping
There are obviously many more mind mapping tools out there to choose from, but I wanted to highlight some of the better ones to choose from. With that said, everyone has different preferences, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore other choices.