If you ask people how they like to approach a new idea, you’ll get one different answer for each person. But over the years, I’ve seen more and people talking about mind maps. These are simply graphical representations of how an idea can be organized and how the concepts relate to each other. MindNode is one of the best apps I’ve seen to do mind maps. With a simple UI, it enables you to quickly start organizing ideas and concepts and have a global view of approaching a project, problem, or anything in your life.
The problem it solves
There are 2 things where MindNode excels:
- It allows you to create very complex (but not complicated) diagrams.
- Enables you to “focus” on specific branches of the tree hiding all the others.
If you want to start with a complex task or project, I recommend starting with a mind map. You can start with the core concept and go from there, “branching” out in each sub-concept and defining them.
Why I use it?
I’m a visual thinker, meaning that I need something in front of me to help me think. Mind maps allow that and more. I can have multiple mind maps for several projects that I’m working on and, with the integrations with to-do lists, for example, transform the full map into actionable tasks for me to address. MindNode has many of these integrations, so you’ll find that it’s quite easy to do. Also, MindNode allows you to define a branch as a task and use it as a to-do list if you want. It’s a great way to be always focusing on what you’re doing and remove all the distractions that come with having a huge to-do list with all your tasks.
To demonstrate how I use MindNode, I use the mind map to write articles for this site; think about the tasks that need to be done, not forget anything.
Although it has many branches, you can see in a full image all that you need to do.
Where you can find it
MindNode is a Mac, iOS, and iPadOS app, so there are no Windows or Android versions. This may be an issue if you’re not using these platforms, but if you do, give it a try and start organizing your life a little bit more.
Want more? Check my other tools suggestions.
I have no affiliation with this brand or person (people), and the views here are my own. I didn’t have any bad experiences, but if you do, please know that this is a recommendation, and you’re always free to make decisions by yourself before buying something.