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How To Clean Your Mental Gutters With Mind-mapping

Running a business doesn’t mean that you have to have it on your brain all the time. Too much work causes a life imbalance, and no matter what living you choose to put your hand to, first and last, you’re still a person with 24 hours in a day who has to sleep, at a minimum, at least seven hours of that to maintain some minimum standard of health. The other seventeen hours, you can choose to fill as you see fit — hopefully in a healthy way.

All work and no rest makes for a sick you, and no business will make up for that. Not only do you have to think about the health of your business, you also have to mind your physical, mental, and emotional health. One very helpful way to attend to all three is to use mind-mapping to help you get out the issues that plague you and address them.

We wrote about mind-mapping years ago in “Mapping For Mental Clarity.” When your mental inbox is over-flowing, mind-mapping essentially helps you clear it out and set a course of action to manage your to-do’s.

Mindmapping can help you:

  • Clear your head by letting you get out everything that’s been weighing heavily on your mind.
  • Generate and capture ideas while brainstorming choices, counter-moves, and possible options.
  • Plot out possible future moves by organizing ideas and passing thoughts that may be the seeds of something good.
  • Plan your actionables so you can get what you want, and get to where you want to go.
  • Plan around a goal and help you plot out the actual steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

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DIY Planner : For The Inner Strategist In You

Having mentioned capture journals before, some research we conducted on journaling immediately brought DIYPlanner to our attention.

“DIYPlanner.com is a community site whose focus is on paper-based productivity, planning, journalling and creative techniques.” The site offers official (and free!) D*I*Y Planner kits, and tons of printable templates to suit your productivity needs and styles. Their items range from formal Moleskine journals to free one-page printable, foldable pocket-planners templates for those who prefer really, really streamlined portability in their To-Do lists.

DIYPlanner also offers handbooks and how-to’s, public forums for discussing productivity (not just in business but in all aspects of life),inspirational images, and a lot more.

The forums have simple rules “Be nice, try to help each other, and don’t be afraid of sharing your advice, no matter how wacky or unorthodox it may be. After all, inspiration may lurk in the least obvious places, even for something as seemingly mundane as time management.” Continue reading DIY Planner : For The Inner Strategist In You