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Magnificent Monday - TAN with Mind Maps

Magnificent Monday - it is magnificent to mind map a plan and take action now.

 
 
Each Magnificent Monday throughout the month of November will be dedicated to the idea of getting TAN -Take Action Now.  We all have things we want to accomplish, goals we would like to reach and journeys we would like to make. There is one thing stopping us, a refusal to TAN, take action now. Last week was all about, why you should TAN. This week and for rest of the month, we will talk about tools to help you TAN in an organized way. Today we will talk about Mindmaps. in the weeks to come, we will talk about:
  • using Vision Boards to TAN
  • using Accountability groups to TAN
 
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A mind map is a way of organizing your thoughts and ideas in a visual manner. Normally, a mind map starts with a central point or idea in the middle and then everything spreads out from there. Originally, mind maps were done with pen and paper. Today there are a great number of mind mapping programs on the market. If mind mapping is new to you, do not go out and buy an expensive program. Try a free version first, once you get the hang of things you can buy a premium program with a lot of bells and whistles.   I have been using free computerized mind mapping programs for the past five years. I like being able to plan something on the computer and carry it with me on my Kindle Fire or use it on a smart phone.
 
Part of getting a TAN is working your plan. It does not make sense to take action without an idea of what you are going to do. A mind map is a tool that allows you to visually outline your options and easily draw connections between ideas. With mind maps you can connect ideas in new and interesting ways which often leads to interesting problem solving results.  Mind maps enable you to make plans that you can share easily with others and stay on track. With mind maps you can keep track of what you have done and what still needs to be done quickly, with just a glance.
 
It doesn't matter if you are using old fashioned pen and paper or one of the new electronic programs, try starting a mind map today to organize the things that need you to Take Action Now.  Once you have your ideas mapped out, and all on paper or on screen in front of you, get started following the plan you made and Take Action Now. The organization of the mind map allows you to move past planning and get to the doing.  
 
 
 
Remember, the goal with creating a mind map is not to make a pretty picture. The goal is to Take Action Now. Create your mind map and then get moving, Take Action Now and accomplish something. So, the question for you this Magnificent Monday is what goal are you going to mind map and then TAN (Take Action Now) to accomplish?
 

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