Original Thoughts: Is your brain on overload? What do you do with all those ideas?

Brain Overload

Organizing tons of ideas – is your brain on overload? Do you have so many thoughts and ideas whirling through your brain you just can’t see how to organize it all – get it out of your mind and writing it down just doesn’t cut it. What do you do once that’s done? Try one or both of these great free tools.

Freemind: A mind mapper, and at the same time an easy-to-operate hierarchical editor with strong emphasis on folding. These two are not really two different things, just two different descriptions of a single application. Often used for knowledge and content management.

FreeMind has made it as the finalist for the 2009 Community Choice Award in the category “Most likely to change the way you do everything”!! Thanks for your trust in our project. Now, you can finally vote for it under 2009 Community Choice Award Finalists.

I’ve used this tool for a few years. It’s great, you download it to your computer and start ‘mind dumping’ – once you’ve got ideas down – it’s a spider web effect – you can then move the ideas around and start organizing it. What I love about this program is that you don’t need to “think” in order of the ideas, you can just write down all your thoughts in each “bubble” and then sort to categories. This works great when you’re trying to organize an any one topic, or many topics. For example, I wanted to get all the ideas I might have for articles I want to write about. I just started writing all the single word topics down and then categorized it by broader topics.

There’s a new release candidate 7 for FreeMind 0.9.0 – which I’m going to download now and play with. I’ll write a review on that later as I start working on it.

Today I found that there’s another great tool called the Dabbleboard. Go to their site and check out the Dabbleboard Tour – if that doesn’t excite you I’m not sure what will.  Dabbleboard describes their free software as an “an online whiteboard that will help you visualize, explore and communicate ideas. This is great for business, school, functions, churches, almost anything where you need to get your thoughts down and work toward a goal. I LOVE IT – Okay, I’m a detail, organizer – freak – and a geek – lol.

I can’t wait to start using it and I’ll let you know how it goes. This news is too hot to wait for me to start working on it to review, so I thought I’d share it with you and let you get started on your ideas and I’ll start what Mr. Genuine does, uses the word in pretty much all he posts. I’ll use the word “original”. Get out there, try it and get all your original ideas out – move it!

~the original mlb~ copyright 2010

Social Media: It can eat you alive

*This article was originally written for my Posterous account, it has been left in its entirety.

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Social Media, it can eat you alive if you let it. There’s so much to learn, so much to do.  The question is which social networking site do you participate in and why?

I have friends who do Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. As time goes on I find that I like the flexibility of a self-hosted WordPress site, so I have that.

I already have the different twitter accounts for various interest. Got the Facebook account. Use Hootsuite to manage those and have some things on “auto”.  I’ve had an account with Posterous but was working on my WordPress blog so no time.

I then noticed, “Hey, I have followers on my Posterous, but I haven’t put anything there, I don’t have time to write something for each site!”  So, as I’m now looking at it, I remember why I signed up for the great “P” – it’s a simple blog that will post to your other social networking sites and there – you’re pau! (done in Hawaiian)

So I thought as I always do, how can I be more efficient? How do I connect everything and what do I want to share with the other sites? I use LinkedIn for professional/business stuff. I like to do mindless things like Foursquare which goes on my personal Twitter account @mLehua. I use my Facebook account to keep in touch with friends and family, people I already have relationships with – it’s more personal so I don’t have that account open to “everyone”.  So what am I doing now that I wouldn’t mind everyone and their dog seeing? Posterous!

Posterous, according to their Wikipedia definition is “particularly for mobile blogging”.  I was at BarCamp in Miami 2010 and one of the speakers said he was going to an Asian country for work and was told that he couldn’t blog, but wanted to keep his readers updated as to what he was doing as it was for his adventure travel company.  One of the guys in the audience said, “Just send it by email to Posterous”.

Well, that’s why we go to these things (BarCamps and networking). The speaker knew about getting his business online and blogging but was too busy doing his job; than keeping up with all the cool social networking things – so he said, “pasta what?” – The young man in the back said, “Posterous, you send it by email and it post to your blog and wherever else you want.” The speaker said something like, ‘really that would solve my problems.’ It’s awesome, that one piece of info just reminded me that when you go anywhere, if you can walk away with one small piece of new information, it maybe worth tons to your business or whatever you are working on.

Gotta run now… I’ll be back to write more.