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

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