Mind Mapping Training: Using Mind Maps in Everyday Life

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For most people who are trying to put a balanced order in their lives, getting everything done within the allotted time frame is becoming more and more impossible—or at the very least, difficult. Home chores, social media, picking up the kids, taking Rufus to the vet—it seems that twenty four hours is never enough to finish endless tasks. But if you play your cards right, you can try out these mind mapping training exercises so you can incorporate mind maps into your organisational skills at home and improve your productivity, without driving yourself crazy.

Mind Mapping for Chore Distribution

Sometimes, something as simple as completing household chores can be daunting, and downright frustrating, especially when you try to delegate, only to find things forgotten, neglected, and undone.

One simple mind mapping training exercise that you can start using at home is branching out different tasks and chores to different family members, or mapping out what should be done and when it should be done by the day.

For example, if you want to make sure the the laundry, the vet visit, and the gardening will be done by Monday, you can formulate a mind map with MONDAY CHORES as the central idea. You can then branch out to the main tasks (i.e., laundry, gardening, vet visit), and then branching further into more specific work (i.e., for Laundry, you can put in whites, coloured clothes, shirts, pants, and underpants if you want to get right down into the smallest detail of the task).

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That way, you can tick off each and every chore, without leaving anything out. You can organise this mind map further by appointing a specific person in the household for the tasks, and place it in a conspicuous part of your home so everyone can see it.

Mind Mapping for Home Budgets and Bills Payment

Mind mapping training isn’t just for tasks and ideas. You can also utilise this powerful productivity tool with your personal and family accounting work.

One way to do this is to create a map for your weekly budgets, income, and expenses. This is ideal and easy enough for single income households. Your main or central idea will be the weekly budget that you have (you can put in a specific amount, or just label it with “weekly budget”), and branch it out to subcategories such as Expenses and Income.

Under these subcategories, you can specify how much you are planning (or targeting) to spend for utilities, food, entertainment, pet supplies, and other household or personal items or services. Under Income, you can put in the projected amount of money coming in, especially if you have more than one job or source of income. You can be as detailed as you need to be, making notes of daily transactions and activities, or just use this mind map to get a ball park figure of how much your cash flow goes within a week.

It all may seem tedious at first, but once you get into the groove of these mind mapping training exercises and incorporate it smoothly into your daily habits, you’ll find that you are less overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated, and more productive, organised and in control of your household.

Try out mind mapping software to get the most out of your mind mapping experience. MindGenius is the leading mind mapping software that not only makes it easier for you to create, review, and revise your mind maps, but also makes sharing your mind maps more convenient and effortless, thanks to its built in integration with Microsoft Office.

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