Double blog: time mapping and mind mapping

readers interested in how this mind map was made jump to part II, readers interested in time management start with part 1.

Part 1: Precious time
What most people tend to forget is that time is the most precious commodity on earth. Not oil, not gold, not precious or rare earth metals, it’s time. And it’s hard to disagree with Robin Sharma’s statement that we misuse the time we have (the Greatness Guide). It may be the explanation for a tsunami of time management techniques. How to manage time? But do they stop this misuse? Timothy Ferriss says no in his bestseller ‘The 4-hour workweek’. Time management techniques drive us to do more in a day, whereas Ferriss argues we should do less  in order to stop misusing time. Time management techniques help us to be more efficient, but it’s all about being effective. This mind map delivers another solution: time mapping, integrating all aspects of time. I am now finishing a book about this topic together with Bert Fundter. More to come.

mind map © Hans Buskes

Part 2: The making of the mind map
The mind map was made with the new version of MyThoughts (1.2). I tried to put all new features in. It is possible now to make various kind of branches such as the first one (surplus) using the branch text in a box. This is handy when you want to squeeze in a list (in this mind map the various time management techniques) into a mind map. You could add seven subbranches as well of course, but it does not create extra value. In very rare cases a list is superior! A great improvement is the possibility to add floating text. I used it in this mind map to add icons (! see subbranches of future focus, using the Apple special symbols option), and to enhance focus on the main approach of the various time management techniques. 1.2 also brings a more stylish method of implementing relations. Prior to 1.2 it was only possible to use arrows in two directions. I seldom used them, because most of the time you want arrows to point in one direction. Version 1.2 features that (and they are made more stylish as well). In this mind map it makes it possible to explain what needs to be integrated without using words. Now one of the major reasons MyThoughts is superior to any other software package is the way it treats images. The resolution is superb (a weak spot for example of iMindmap). Added to that, MyThoughts allows you to arrange the layers as you desire. The centre of this mind map consists out of four layers. That’s impossible to do with any other mind map program.

About Hans Buskes

I am a professional mindmapper, I help companies map their business, I am author of two mindmap books. My clients are law firms, municipalities, banks, consultancies and high-tech companies.
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4 Responses to Double blog: time mapping and mind mapping

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  2. MyThoughts makes it possible to add hyperlinks to the branches, very often I use them, but of course you need the digital mind map for that. I like that aspect when using the presentation mode of iMindmap.

  3. Part 1. I like the statements about time. It’s now and limited within a range for the individual. Everything else is timeless. It’s about who, what, where, when, why & how you spend your time.

    Part 2. I agree MindManager and iMindmap do not allow the layering approach to images or topics. You can have a background image and a central image but you cannot layer a third or more images on to that. You could create it in another application and paste it in.

    Does MyThoughts allow hyperlinks to be added to branches? I would like to have clicked the terms I did not understand on the map and gone to the relevant Wikipedia page for instance.

  4. Susanne says:


    It’s always a joy to see the mind maps you create with MyThoughts.

    To me, your mind maps prove that mind mapping should be all about, shape, color, images and flow.

    I look forward to your next blog entry.

    Wishing you health and happiness in 2011.

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