- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (January 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495328791
- ISBN-13: 978-1495328794
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 192 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Allow me to quote from the first paragraph from the book - "We live in the information age, which means that our problem is less one of obtaining information and more one of retaining and organising all the quantities of information that we are required to ingest-both during our studies and afterwards."
This is so true of my life. I feel that my brain is so cluttered with so many muddled thoughts that I can't easily access things I need and am left feeling confused and disorganised. Mind Maps is a tool that will enable me to use both sides of my brain rather than one; thus enabling my brain to perform 5-10 times more effectively. Show me a person who doesn't want that in their life! It simplifies complicated information by breaking it down into a diagram that delivers the information in a quick glance `map' rather than long laborious lists which are hard to digest.
I can see that it would have great uses for students, writers or anyone giving a presentation. I personally am non academic and live on a homestead farm; for me in everyday life I can see several uses for planning my garden and renovation projects and to solve problems that crop up therein. I can also see it would be beneficial to estimate a timescale to these events. At the moment I seem to have list upon list of countless tasks that now seem insurmountable. I plan to sit down with a large sheet of paper and create my own Mind Map this very evening.
The book also includes access to free software. One is web-based, so with a quick click of a link, I was able to start using it right away. The other options are nice as well, though you have to download and install them on your computer. Since they are all free, they pay for the book several times over.
Many thanks for such a helpful read!
I feel I made a great choice. The author not only provides step by step mind map creation but the thought processes you can use to make the maps. Unlike other How To books you will not feel like you have to follow specific steps or you'll be lost, this book shows you how flexible mind mapping is so that you can just get started without worry.
There are several types of maps covered from taking notes when studying to planning a vacation. I will be referring back to this book often. It is a great resource.
In addition to the above, there is a quick but useful overview of how to speed read.
The author states that he was going to write as more advanced, follow up book but found that someone had already done so. He provides a link to this other book as well as links to other resources.
As an aspiring novelist, I've found that my biggest problem is not the writing or the idea itself, rather it's figuring out how to turn what's in my head into something legible on paper. Sometimes you just have too many thoughts you want to use but no way to order them in a clear, efficient way.
This book has helped me with that. I was first introduced to the idea of Mind Maps in college, but it seemed like just a passing mention at the time that delivered no explanation whatsoever. So when I picked up this book, I not only recognized the term but it all suddenly began to make a lot more sense; if I used Mind Mapping to plan my books, it would serve by helping me to understand, relate and connect the information much more concisely and, best yet, at a glance!
The author seems to be forward thinking too. Just when I was hoping the idea could work for my specific wants and needs, along comes the chapter entitled `other uses of Mind Maps'. This chapter covered what I would consider the more everyday uses of Mind Maps, including suggestions and guidelines on how best to use them in these scenarios.
Overall, this book was easy to read, very insightful and rather helpful in offering a way to order my thoughts in a world that is constantly getting busier and busier. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a little bit of order in their lives (and let's face it, who isn't) to have a read.