Have you used Map Parts in Mindjet / MindManager for Windows? With just a little bit of effort you can be very efficient and effective when working with repeated use of topics. The product comes with some useful ones: Days of the week, Ideas, Issues and Messages. Each Map Part has a parent topic and several sub topics. When you click them they are added to the map at the selected topic. They are very useful in meetings. Someone makes a suggestion, add a map part and start capturing the details within a defined structure.
Map Parts are easy to create. Select the parent topic of the group you would like to be a Map Part and then click Add Selected Topic(s) in the Map Part pane. Your Map Part is now part of the library and can be added to any open map with a click.
I have two Map Parts I use frequently:
At a monthly meeting with a group of business friends we present an issue for discussion by the group. I use the map part as a template for each person’s issue. As we progress around the table I add this map part for each issue. Then I use the topics as prompts for questions and recording the discussions. At the end of the meeting it is easy to share the map as a whole or relevant sections to the person with the issue.
More Time Savers
There are more sophisticated map parts which will:
- Search the web, Amazon or eBay for you and bring back the top X results.
- Display the recent topics from an RSS feed
- Add links to Files and or Folders on your PC
Set aside some time to see how you could use Map Parts to make you more effective and efficient with Mindjet MindManager.