Mind Mapping-The Fun Side Of Time Management

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Do you want to get better results, be more productive, be more organized and accomplish your goals easier? It’s all about timing… Time management is planning activities effectively.

Mind maps are an excellent tool for managing time and help you use them efficiently in each step of every process. Mind mapping is a powerful method for generating and picturing ideas and activities, brainstorming and organizing thoughts. Using this type of software can help you save time, increase your skills while you are solving a problem, intensify creativity and facilitate your thinking processes.

Seavus DropMind™ is a mind mapping tool for personal development which will help you be more productive at the workplace and in your life in general. It arranges your thoughts graphically and creates a clear picture of your activities with a variety of colors and relationships, highlighters, images and icons that in turn will help you get clarity of thoughts. Seeing your ideas in colors can even increase your problem-solving skills, leading to more innovative solutions.

Represented by the desktop platform-friendly mind mapping solution and unique online application created with the next generation, the most powerful runtime on the web, MS® Silverlight™, Seavus DropMind™ provides its users with the full advantage of the logical way of thinking.

Both applications are integrated and synchronized together by merging the best from the desktop and web solution. This allows you to get the latest changes and stay updated anytime and anywhere, without losing any information.

Seavus DropMind™ offers a selection of great features and benefits that enhance brainstorming and strategic thinking, accelerate project and process planning, and boost productivity.

Organize yourself

As Benjamin Franklin has said, “For Every Minute Spent Organizing, An Hour Is Earned.”

With Seavus DropMind™ you have endless possibilities. You will be able to reduce wastage of time and accomplish more. You can organize your project, add and update task information directly within the mind map by using the advanced task management functionality.

Moreover, Seavus DropMind™ offers powerful presentation mode, which gives you the possibility to create, export and view mind maps presentations directly within the application. This is useful for seminars and meetings where you can take notes of others’ thoughts, or simply visually exchange your ideas with others.

Viewing different parts of the mind map without distraction lets you present facts and important data in stylish and interactive way. With the smooth, “click-to” presentation mode you can export slides from the presentation created in the desktop application to MS® PowerPoint or export slides from the presentation created in web application as images in .zip file for further usage.

Mind Mapping in management

If you are a Project Manager you can use Seavus DropMind™ at the beginning phase of a project. It’s an excellent way of defining goals and objectives, especially if you have a lot of responsibilities. With Seavus DropMind™ your team can understand the project better and contribute to the planning in a visual and well-organized way. With the powerful integration options, Seavus DropMind™ can save managers a valuable time by organizing the daily workload and turning ideas into decision-making process.

The integration between the desktop application, MS® Project and MS® Outlook, as well as the integration of the web application with Basecamp, Google Docs and Google Contacts, provides a complete solution for managing projects, tasks, and resources. Together with the seamless integration between the desktop and web solution, it provides a complete overview of all project activities: from collaborative brainstorming, discussions, task delegation and importing entire projects, up to completing the project planning.

Defining goals and objectives

Moreover, the whole map content can be exported to MS® Word in a very intuitive visual format, which gives a complete overview of the inserted topics and all other visual elements created in Seavus DropMind™. The export to MS® Word makes the created document a very useful handout for meetings, reports, contracts or summaries.

The MS® Project integration offers a complete overview of the project in a visually distinctive way. Importing .mpp files in Seavus DropMind™ – Desktop, allows information to be shown as task info in every topic.

With MS® Outlook integration it is possible to exchange and synchronize task information between MS® Outlook and Seavus DropMind™ – Desktop, without losing any important data or notification.

The Basecamp integration offers the possibility of exchanging project data and task information between Seavus DropMind™ – Web and Basecamp – importing to-do lists or to-do items from Basecamp and exporting topics’ name as tasks’ name to Basecamp.

he Google integration offers a well-built solution for complete control over your documents at hand, by uploading and attaching your Google Docs to any topic within mind maps. Moreover, you can import Google Contacts in the mind map community and make an advanced search through the content of their Google Docs. This integration allows you to always get the latest changes and manage attachments and contacts from both sources, Seavus DropMind™ on one side and Google Docs and Google Contacts, on the other side.

Powerful Collaboration

You can use Seavus DropMind™ – Web to better communicate with your team and give more valuable ideas during brainstorming sessions. Mind maps are visually oriented and that gives the possibility of better viewing, gathering, managing and sharing information.

The web application offers unique collaboration and chatting in real time with friends and colleagues while working on the same map and making changes at the same time. Each action during the collaboration is recorded. It is possible to see how the map was built using the timeline slider of changes, which empowers the educational process and facilitates the business uses of the application itself. Having the simultaneous collaboration available, the overall communication process is improved and a wide range of time is saved for further actions.

Seavus DropMind™ – Web offers a high level of interactivity when working on mind maps. Everyone can share their mind maps with others, by assigning friends and colleagues as collaborators or viewers, and also publish their maps and make them accessible to all Seavus DropMind™ users.

By selecting a single topic, you can search words or phrases written in the selected topic and find related information online, via Google, Delicious, Live Search and Wikipedia. With the Twitter integration, you can receive map alerts as direct messages on your Twitter account or tweet the selected topic’s content, simply by allowing twittering from each map separately and following Seavus DropMind™ on Twitter.

team collaboration

The benefits of mind mapping are endless. Seavus DropMind™ merges the best from the mind mapping core functionalities and offers advanced features that help you identify and better understand the problem and opportunities. By identifying the issue, you can define alternatives and goals, and start making decisions.

You can analyze a complex problem by breaking it down, writing down your ideas and coming up with solutions. You can easily gather and share a huge number of ideas and information because their visual quality provides an opportunity for much easier managing, better understanding the relations between them, and saving time.

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