Can you use MindManager to record a football game e.g. England v Slovenia

England v Slovenia in the World Cup 2010 - MindManager mind map of the gameI did sort of.  See England v Slovenia.

A bit more preparation would of helped but I just sat down on the couch with my Hoegaarden and a packet of Cheddar crisps to watch my team recover their honour (hopefully).

What did I learn?

  • I will never forget ctrl-alt-shift-t which inserts the time in a topic or note.  Use the options to get just time.
  • I should have set up the markers before hand
    • Events: Throw Ins, Corners (I used arrows for this to indicate left or right), Free Kicks, Bookings, Send Offs, Goal Kicks, Injuries, Substitutions. I renamed the Flag markers.
    • Who: Flags for England and Slovenia
    • Team Lists: Avatars for each player
    • Where: I used the task completeness to indicate pitch postion lengthwise.  Perhaps I should have one for width as well.
    • Smileys: They were there.
  • I need to improve my touch typing

Questions Arising

  • Was it just a distraction from the game or is there an application?
  • Would using voice input help?
  • Could I have worked faster in ink?  Maybe but then there is delay of conversion.
  • Is anyone bothered?

Your answers please. Before the next game.

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4 Responses to “Can you use MindManager to record a football game e.g. England v Slovenia”

  1. Colin Horner says:

    Hi Andrew Interesting experiment. Could certainly be an application for event tracking, although I think I’d use voice input. Also learned another benefit of keyboard shortcuts – enables one to at least keep hold of the beer or the chips!

  2. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Hi Colin,

    I think doing it in Ink would keep the hand free, providing the Tablet PC is screwed to your knees.
    I can just about do Ctrl-Alt-Shift-T with one hand (they all have to be pressed simultaneously 🙂 ) but I don’t recommend it doing 200 times on one map.

  3. Hi Andrew. A great idea – using a fun (watching England is fun, right?) topic you have opened our eyes to a more sophisticated approach to real-time note taking using MindManager. The notes you’ve taken are not trivial in terms of scope, detail and analysis. Next time I take notes with my laptop I will try some of these ideas.

    The tough question, however, is how to balance the note taking activity with the need to pay attention to the event. It is easy to get drawn into taking notes, making decisions about what to record and then how to format it. Preparation would seem to be key as you have found with your use of markers. Decide on and load an appropriate syle template beforehand also. Leave the final formatting to a break or to the end, I guess.

    What’s the keyboard shortcut to activity the beer wipers?

  4. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Hi Steve

    You are correct its not trivial and it does mean you have to distance yourself from the event. As ConferenceREACTION I am paid to do this. I expect the cheque will arrive from Flavio shortly :).

    Preparation is key. If you are going to record football matches you need a set of Map Markers and other defined practices e.g. red topic background for England. You will probably have some Map Parts and Topic Styles as well.

    Once the match is on you cannot stop recording to set up templates. I did a bit half time and published the first half on the web (another part to the prep – a quick publication process). I kept on hoping for a longer stoppage Defoe breaking a fingernail for instance but they did not happen.

    I don’t use the keyboard at meetings or events unless I have a table at the back and do not intrude on the event. I decided to use keyboard for this because I was the only person in the room and I wanted to publish immediately. In hindsight inking it would have been easier. You are less worried about accuracy because you know you will go through a ink to text and correction process later. I will do the next game in ink (whilst playing cricket on Sunday) – well I might map the recording. If England win I will do the next one on my Tablet PC standing up in the pub!

    Tip the PC upside down and shake. Rinse with tonic water. Hang out to dry.

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