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There are days when I am so switched-on, I find it hard to sit still…ideas & thoughts running so far ahead of me I struggle to keep up and after a busy day at work, didn’t plan on doing anything else but “vegging out” in front of the tele….but, my mind had other ideas.

Scouring the internet, I happened upon a blog discussing “blog ideas” (surely I had enough?)….hmmm, back to Facebook to crush a few candies seemed a better choice, but I was still distracted.
For whatever reason, while tossing over various ideas for my next Blog post I started thinking back to my days in college (TAFE), and the many tools we were given to assist us when writing an essay.
This was one module I sunk my teeth into, just LOVED spending time on research!
During one of our classes we were introduced to the art of “mind mapping”, a great little tool that helps you prepare, or map-out what you”ll require to achieve a good end result.

So what is, Mind Mapping you ask?
Mind mapping is the process of using visual diagrams to show the relationships between ideas or information. Its popular uses include project planning, collecting and organizing thoughts, brainstorming and presentations — all in order to help solve problems, map out resources and uncover new ideas.

It can be more useful than trying to keep track of our ideas by scribbling them on paper, and can aid in manipulating and generating concepts.

So as I continued reading other blog ideas, noticed a link mentioning, you got it, Mind mapping …after jumping a few more links, located a free service and am now trying my hand at a free version called text2mindmap-So far I am having a lot of fun and would highly recommend.
But don’t look at this as something only for students and essays, this fun little tool could do wonders for that dreaded writers-block! Whenever you are thinking “I just can’t find any words”, a Mind Map will help you unlock them, step-by-step…its that easy!
But don’t just take my word for it, go make some of your own!

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Deb’s Mind Map example(not at all sure how the month of January found its way in)

Listed below are the different Mind Mapping tools available for both computers and iPads

As easy as writing text and turning into a map!
Text 2 Mind Map offers a great way to turn your typed outlines into mind maps. To create a mind map on Text 2 Mind Map type out an outline in the text box. After typing your outline click “draw mind map” to have your mind map created for you. If after creating your mind map you need to add more elements to just add them into your outline and click “draw mind map” again. Your mind map can be downloaded as a PDF or PNG file. The mind maps that you create on Text 2 Mind Map can also be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
https://www.text2mindmap.com/#

Connected Mind is a free mind mapping tool that you can find in the Google Chrome Web Store. Using Connected Mind you can create free-form mind maps or use a template.
At last it is possible to create a mind map as individual and easy to imprint on your mind as one drawn by hand on paper. The mind maps you create with Connected Mind are even better as you can easily include images and shapes and you have a whole rainbow of colors and a selection of fonts at your disposal.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pmkffmgahaepmhkhkblhopnpleeikokc#

Popplet is a great service that combines the best of online sticky note services like Wallwisher with collaborative mind mapping functions. Popplet allows you to create a wall of multimedia sticky notes that you can share with others. Your stickies can include videos and images that you pull from other online services.
http://popplet.com/

Inkflow is an iPad app for visual thinkers who like to sketch to process what they’re hearing, seeing, and learning. Inkflow can be used to sketch mind maps, draw pictures, write free hand, and just about anything else you might do with a pencil and paper. You can organize your Inkflow pages into books. There is a free version and a paid version of Inkflow.
http://www.qrayon.com/home/inkflow/

Links courtesy: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/10/ten-terrific-mind-mapping-and.html

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