Visual Productivity Challenge – Challenge #1

Welcome to the Visual Productivity Challenge.

Each week I’ll share a technique about using mind maps to help you create and organize your ideas. Then I’ll give you a quick challenge to complete.

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This is a chance for you to try out visual thinking techniques, namely visual maps to plan a new project. Your project could be anything new that you want to create. A book, a speech, a project at work, something for school, or anything else you can think of.

There’s no cost or catches to participate in the challenge. The only thing you’ll really need is a Google account (For YouTube and Google+).

There will be four challenges, one each week over four weeks. If you complete each of the four challenges I’ll give you a copy of my new and improved visual productivity eBook. There’s also a grand prize for one contestant to win a great prize pack.

The Prizes

One Grand Prize will be awarded to the contestant receiving the most votes. The grand prize consists of:
  • Hard copy of Visual Productivity and access to tutorial videos ($63 value)
  • Web access to Mega Productivity Course ($197 value)
  • Brainstorming Session with me
    Everyone who completes all 4 challenges by the deadline will receive:
  • Visual Productivity eBook

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Visual Productivity Challenge – YMM #48

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In this episode we’ll talk about the Visual Productivity Challenge. It’s an opportunity for you to try out some visual mapping strategies, and decide for yourself whether it’s right for you or not.

The purpose of the challenge is for you to make “something” new using visual maps as your tool. I want you to personally see how much easier it is to take a visual approach to creation compared to how you’ve been taught in school.

That “something” you make could be almost anything, including:

  • Speech (Ted talk or Toastmasters speech)
  • Book
  • New product
  • New Standard Operating Procedure
  • Study resource for school

I bet you already have a great idea in mind already. Now all you need to do is follow along with the challenges and see the results yourself.

The Challenge will take place over 4 weeks and everyone who takes part will win something.

I also have some juicy prizes for one lucky grand prize participant.

The challenge is easy enough that anyone can enter. All you need is a Google account (for YouTube and Google+).

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The biggest complaint from people who have purchased Visual Productivity (and how I’m solving it)
  • How you can take part in the Visual Productivity Challenge and win some great prizes
  • What you’ll get, just for participating in all 4 challenges
  • What you have to do for Challenge #1 (It’s really easy)

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Take part in the Visual Productivity Challenge!

Whether you’re new to visual mapping, or if you’ve been using maps for a while, it would be great to have you participate in the challenge.

There’s an opportunity to win some great prizes, but the obvious benefit to you will be the chance to have a finished (or nearly finished) book, product, speech, project, or whatever it is that you choose to work on.

I know that it might seem strange to use visual strategies, because they’re a different approach to what you’re used to, and that’s why it’s important that you try them out. There’s a short learning curve where it may seem slightly harder for you, but after 4 short weeks, I’m positive you’ll see the difference for yourself.

Leave a comment and tell me about your experience.

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Brainstorming – YMM047

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brainstorming

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This episode is all about Brainstorming.

We’ll cover the reasons why some people think brainstorming is ineffective, and I’ll talk about the study that people have been quoting as proof.

We’ll also go over some best practices when brainstorming effectively, and I’ll also give you an alternative method to generating ideas.

That, some history, and a few stories all inside this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Walt Disney’s 3-step method to idea generation
  • What Bill Gates was doing in a cabin in the woods
  • How George Lucas and Steven Spielberg created some of the best scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Why early brainstormers felt like they were being commandos
  • The 4 original rules of brainstorming
  • Why some people think that brainstorming doesn’t work
  • The best practices of brainstorming
  • My alternative strategy… Let’s call it Brainstorming 2.0

“The more you rub your creative lamp, the more alive you feel,” ~ Alex F Osborn (Creator of Brainstorming)

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Visual Mapping Review Series Wrapup – YMM046

Visual Mapping Review Series

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Just as all good things must come to an end, so must the Visual Mapping Review series (VMRS) – at least for 2014.

In this episode, we’ll go over some of the things I learned from doing the VMRS, and I’ll share the good and the bad from this year.

I have some good things lined up for the next few episodes, so make sure you stay tuned. We’ll be diving into brainstorming, email, voice recognition, goals, and other fun topics.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How my pronunciation of Java got me in trouble with the “Language Police.”
  • My thoughts on the iOS 8 Upgrade from Apple.
  • Visual Mapping Review Series Recap
  • Why the number of views is down from last year
  • What I liked about some specific mapping programs
  • My key frustration points

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Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

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Visual MappingReview Series 2014

Welcome to the Visual Mapping Review Series – 2014 edition.

Here’s a look a what to expect from the 2014 version of the Visual Mapping Review Series. I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements in products from last year, and also at seeing what else it out there.

I’ll be adding  links to this page as I complete the reviews, which means this will end up being a gigantic compilation list. I’ll also include links to individual posts for each review. The posts will include more information, as well as transcripts, and possibly other links.

Link to Introduction (Includes transcripts)

MindMup

MindMup lets you save your maps to Google Drive (and Dropbox). You can also use Google functionality to enable live chat and collaborate with others (not shown in video). You’re even able to export slides in PowerPoint format.

YouTube Link (8:10)

MindMup review on You’re Making Me

MindMup website

Mohiomap – Web

This is a review of Mohiomap. It’s a visual mapping program that takes all of your Evernote information and turns it into one huge visual map. Since so many people use Evernote, I thought it would be good to go over Mohiomap, to see what it can and can’t do. I had a fun time using Mohiomap, and I was able to find some neat the applications for it, but I also ran up against a few limitations.

YouTube link (6:55)

Link to Mohiomap reiview (Includes transcripts)

Mindomo – Web, Desktop, iOS (iPad only), Android

This is a review of the Mindomo visual mapping program. This program is actually a triple threat. It has a desktop application, it has a web interface, and it’s also available on mobile devices, although sadly not for the iPhone. I ended up going a  little overboard on this review and made a 17 minute video. At least you know it’s thorough. LOL.

YouTube link (17:00)

Mindomo review on You’re Making Me (Includes transcripts)

SimpleMind

SimpleMind is available as both a Desktop client and an iOS app.

In this video, I look exclusively at the iOS app. You can download the app and test it out for free. There’s an in-app purchase for $4.99 which will unlock addition features (which you would need if you’re planning on using SimpleMind for serious work). The Desktop client (PC, Mac)  isn’t required, but it would obviously help in syncing up info between your computer and phone if you choose to use it. It goes for €23.99 for a personal license from the developers site.

YouTube Link (6:12)

SimpleMind review on You’re Making Me

SimpleMind – Desktop

SimpleMind – iOS

Coggle

Coggle is a web-based mind mapping program that let’s you save projects in your Google Drive.

YouTube Link (7:13 )

Coggle Review on You’re Making Me

Coggle website

Spiderscribe

Spiderscribe is a cloud-based visual mapping tool. You can add text, documents, images, locations, and even dates to your visual maps. Spiderscribe has a unique look to it, and sometimes it feels almost like a flow chart because of how it’s laid out.

YouTube Link (9:14)

Spiderscribe review on You’re Making Me

Spiderscribe website

Lucid Chart

Lucid Chart can also be used for wire framing, mock ups, and even planning out iOS and android apps. I recently sat down and took some time to go over all the benefits and drawbacks of Lucid Chart in regards to using it as a visual mapping tool. The video below will show you what I found.

YouTube Link (6:21)

Lucid Chart review on You’re Making Me

Lucid Chart website

Stormboard

Stormboard is an online white board collaboration tool. I recently sat down with it, and want to share my initial impressions  with you in this video.

YouTube Link (5:44)

Stormboard review on You’re Making Me

Stormboard website

GroupMap

Group map has some cool uses as far as getting feedback and commenting on ideas.

YouTube Link (7:49)

GroupMap Review on You’re Making Me

GroupMap website

Mindly Review – iOS

Mindly is an iOS based visual mapping tool. The basic app is free with a paid upgrade for more options. You can follow this link to download Mindly from the iTunes Store.

YouTube Link (Length: 8:36)

Mindly review on You’re Making Me (Incudes transcripts)

Mindly in iTunes

Text 2 Mindmap

Text 2 Mindmap is a web-based app that lets you take text and convert it into a visual map. You can use it right from the home page without a login, but they also provide options for you to save your content on the site.

YouTube link (4:57)

Text 2 Mindmap Review on YoureMakingMe (Includes Transcripts)

Text 2 Mindmap website

XMind

(From 2013 review)

I’ll add the 2014 version of the video once it’s recorded

YouTube link (10:58)

XMind website

Freemind

(From 2013 review)

I’ll add the 2014 version of the video once it’s recorded

YouTube link (10:10)

Freemind website

MindMeister

(From 2013 review)

I’ll add the 2014 version of the video once it’s recorded

MindMeister is an web-based visual mapping tool. There are also apps (iOS, Android) to help your mapping on the go.

YouTube link (6:46)

MindMeister website

MindMeister – iOS

MindMeister – Android

The Brain

(From 2013 review)

I’ll add the 2014 version of the video once it’s recorded

YouTube link (13:11)

The Brain website

MindManager

(From 2013 review)

YouTube link (7:03)

MindManager website

Bubbl.us

(From 2013 review)

Bubbl.us is a free to use web-based visual mapping solution.

YouTube link (5:08)

Bubbl.us website

Mind 42

(From 2013 review)

YouTube link (8:09)

SimpleMind Review (iOS) – Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

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This is a SimpleMind review. It’s made up of a Desktop client and an iOS app.

In this video, I look exclusively at the iOS app. You can download the app and test it out for free. There’s an in-app purchase for $4.99 which will unlock addition features (which you would need if you’re planning on using SimpleMind for serious work).

The Desktop client (PC, Mac)  isn’t required, but it would obviously help in syncing up info between your computer and phone if you choose to use it. It goes for €23.99 for a personal license from the developers site.

This review is part of the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014.

 

Simplemind Review

YouTube Link (6:12)

About the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

I’m doing a review series on visual mapping software, but I’ve got a lot of programs to check out.

I’ll download the software, spend at least 1 day with it, and then use it to create the review video.

I’m also going to use the software to get some actual work done.

Make sure you subscribe to my channel to have the rest of the challenge delivered to you.

Links

Simplemind for iOS

Simplemind

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Coggle Review – Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

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This is a review of Coggle. It’s a web-based mind mapping program that let’s you save projects in your Google Drive.

You can watch the review for all the details.

This review is part of the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014.

Coggle Review

YouTube Link (7:13 )

About the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

I’m doing a review series on visual mapping software, but I’ve got a lot of programs to check out.

I’ll download the software, spend at least 1 day with it, and then use it to create the review video.

I’m also going to use the software to get some actual work done.

Make sure you subscribe to my channel to have the rest of the challenge delivered to you.

Links

Coggle

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MindMup Review – Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

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MindMup review

I wasn’t expecting much when I decided to do a Mindmup review, but I was blown away by some of the features they provide… for free.

You’ll need to install a browser extension to get all of the features, but it might be worth it for you. MindMup lets you save your maps to Google Drive (and Dropbox). You can also use Google functionality to enable live chat and collaborate with others (not shown in video).

You’re even able to export slides in PowerPoint format.

It’s not as fully featured as some of the Big Name solutions, but you can definitely use MindMup as a solid productivity tool.

Anyway, check out the MindMup review video below.

This review is part of the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014.

MindMup Review

YouTube Link (8:10)

About the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

I’m doing a review series on visual mapping software, but I’ve got a lot of programs to check out.

I’ll download the software, spend at least 1 day with it, and then use it to create the review video.

I’m also going to use the software to get some actual work done.

Make sure you subscribe to my channel to have the rest of the challenge delivered to you.

Links

MindMup

MindMup Chrome Extension

Visual Mapping Review Series 2014 Main Page

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Stormboard Review – Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

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stormboard review

Stormboard is an online white board collaboration tool. I recently sat down with it, and want to share my initial impressions  with you in this video.

This review is part of the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014.

Stormboard Review Video

YouTube Link (5:44)

About the Visual Mapping Review Series 2014

I’m doing a review series on visual mapping software, but I’ve got a lot of programs to check out.

I’ll download the software, spend at least 1 day with it, and then use it to create the review video.

I’m also going to use the software to get some actual work done.

Make sure you subscribe to my channel to have the rest of the challenge delivered to you.

Links

Stormboard

Visual Mapping Review Series 2014 Main Page

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Visual Mapping Review Series Update – YMM045

In this episode of the You’re Making Me Podcast we’re going to talk about visual mapping, Xmind, and even some time blocking.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

The secretive new time blocking beta that I’m involved with.

How I managed to get my hands on Xmind 2014.

What I think about the first seven solutions in the visual mapping review series 2014.

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