There was a time, back in the day, when I was younger, I worked for an engineering company. The tools of the trade, besides a computer, were a spiral bound notebook (because engineers take notes of everything), and a whiteboard in every office (and conference room).
The methodology of taking notes and using a whiteboard taught me how to think and plan, in detail, and graphically. When planning any process, if it didn’t make sense on the whiteboard, chances are it just didn’t make sense.
MyThoughts is Mind Mapping for the Mac. It’s the best whiteboard you’ve ever used, full of thousands of images, and straightforward to use. Everything is drag and drop. Use MyThoughts to capture your thoughts on the Mac’s screen (a good way to see if you can agree with what you’re thinking).
Tools are straightforward. Draw lines between objects to create a flow. Add text, change fonts and styles. Create lines or lines with arrows.
The pop up palettes store tools so each on-screen element can be edited to precision.
You can even add links to files, links to web pages, and every component is drag and drop.
Images can be dragged and drop to any location on the screen, then moved into position. You can even use iPhoto to store and retrieve images. And don’t worry if your thoughts require more screen. The actual mind mapping screen can be enlarged for, uh, well, larger thoughts.
If you’ve never done mind mapping (or whiteboard thinking) then you’ll need to adjust how you approach creating processes and methodology. Once you get into the routine of creating your thoughts on your Mac’s screen, you’ll find you capture more details, and identify problems and bottlenecks much faster.