As you walked into your office this morning you were already thinking about everything that you needed to accomplish today. On the way to your desk, a co-worker stopped you to ask about key deliverables on an important project; when you reached your desk you were confronted with several urgent voicemail and email messages. You were overwhelmed and the day had not even started.
Can you relate to this?
We all experience information overload these days. Managing the constant flow of information is almost a full-time job. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. So what can you do?
Increase Your Productivity By 20%
Since you can’t create more hours in the day, you need to learn to make the ones that you have more productive. One proven way to improve your productivity is by using Mind Maps.
According to Tony Buzan, the creator of Mind Maps:
“A Mind Map can streamline your working day and is proven to improve productivity by 20% – that means you can gain an extra working day every week!”
A survey conducted by NovaMind indicated that 85% of users save at least half a day per week, and over 50% of users save one day per week.
As you can imagine, having an extra day every week would make a huge difference in what you can accomplish, and I can’t think of another productivity tool that has the potential to give an extra work day – for free!
How Does Mind Mapping Improve Productivity?
Mind Mapping can help you manage your information overload, improve your organization skills and your productivity.
The reason that Mind Mapping is such a powerful productivity tool is that it works the way that your brain works. Instead of forcing your brain to work in the traditional linear fashion, Mind Mapping allows your brain to work in a more natural way. Mind Mapping allows you to get your ideas out quickly and organize them into a proper hierarchy. This allows you to be better organized, see things that might slip through the cracks, and make higher quality decisions much faster.
Mind Mapping also provides you with a visual overview of your project and tasks, helping you to prioritize your tasks and projects more effectively. A quick glance at your Mind Map will let you see your most important tasks immediately.
4 Ways That You Can Use Mind Maps To Increase Your Productivity
- Strategic Planning – Mind Mapping is the ideal tool for strategic planning, by allowing you to brainstorm, compile, organize and share your strategic plan with others.
- Project Management – Mind Mapping is also an ideal tool for managing your projects. It will help you too both plan and manage all of your projects visually.
- Progress Tracking – You can create a Mind Map for the year, month or week that will serve as a one-page reminder of the goals that you what to accomplish and allow you to track them at a glance.
- Daily Planning – You can also use a Mind Map to plan your day. Spending 5 minutes at the beginning of the day brainstorming all of your most important tasks can save you time and help you make better decisions throughout the day.
Productivity is about streamlining your work and making the most of your time. Mind Mapping can help improve your productivity by simplifying your planning and improving your decision-making. A Mind Map will help you to get “stuff,” lower your stress, and reach new levels of productivity.