One of the main keys of effective planning and reaching your goals is to know where you are actually going. And in our next articles we will discuss how to understand what you want and set global life goals. But today let’s just assume that you already know where to go, you have your dream mood board with clear stated final goals and ready to start. In one of our first articles (Hanh, pls, put link here to article Why your plan continues to be only a plan?) we discussed that it is important not to put in your daily plan long lists and complicated tasks which require more than one action at time such as Create a website, Record video course etc. Our brain cannot work out such tasks which results in procrastination. So what do we do when we have list of our dreams (definitely bigger than one step action and more longterm)?
Very easy. We split them into smaller stages, projects completion of which will bring us to our dream in longterm. We create the channel: dream (one) -> goal (many) -> plan (for each goal) and start concentrating only on current plan for current goal keeping in mind final target and dream. If we do that, we don’t loose concentration as we don’t overload our brain with tasks and keep us motivated with our dream in mind (pls remember the power of imagination).
There are few helpful instruments to support us on every step of our growth. We already discussed applications that can help us to plan our daily schedule, today we will talk about one of the most powerful instrument for longterm strategic planning. This instruments is actually coming from project management, but aren’t our life, time and goals just our projects? If we consider our goals this way, much easier not to give up on the road. So instrument we are talking about is MIND MAP. Have you ever heard about it?
MindMap is actually a diagram(considered as type of spider diagram) used to visually organize information. MindMap can be taken in notes just on paper or be done more professionally in special application. Today we will discuss few websites and applications where you can create your own MindMap to structure your week, month, year, goal – whatever when you need more structured and longterm idea. After mind map is created you can just split tasks over the days and move them to daily planner.
- One of the most famous programs is Mindmeister. It is considered number 1 mind mapping tool, completely web-based (with mobile phone adaptation) so you can access it from any device anywhere. It is quite simple in use, giving you full freedom to structure your ideas quickly and efficiently. One of the biggest plusses is possibility to share your mind map with your family, friends or colleagues so that you can work together on the project and brainstorm. There is mobile app for IOS as well. Most of tools available for free, but you can also get a monthly package to use a Pro version.
- Second well-known resource is XMind. It is an application for laptop of mobile phone which you can install and use. It doesn’t require internet connection so you can use it everywhere you go. Design is awesome as well – minimalistic and stylish, with many add-ons and options to make your map unique and beautiful.
- One more popular but a little bit unusual resource is Canva. Many of us (who use Instagram) got used to this application as a a marketing tool with lots of design solutions for social media and private things, but it is also a powerful mipmapping tool. It is 100% free and gives you access to your map from your laptop and mobile app but unfortunately requires internet connection to use. As Canva is focused on design, mindmaps are perfect in terms of design there.
- And last but maybe most unusual source to create your best MindMap is a resource called Mindly. Their motto is Organize your inner universe and it 100% matches design. Like planets that circle around sun, moons around planets, your each plan gets its place in a natural, hierarchical structure with planets and satellites. And you will create your own universe. Looks very beautiful in mobile app.
Please share with us in comments your favorite resources for strategic planning and make the list super useful.