If you’ve never tried making a mind map before, I’d highly recommend that you give it a shot. It’s a pretty simple way of taking a big idea and breaking it down into smaller actionable bits. You take a concept—a project, for example—and then you branch off of it with ideas, themes, concepts, etc until you’ve dumped all of your thoughts and you have a sprawling, branching diagram. The purpose is to take something seemingly impossible or difficult to accomplish, and then get to a state where you know what to do.
For a long time, I’ve searched for a decent application that would let me create beautiful mind maps. Lo and behold, MindNode arrived to fill that gap. Well, they’ve been there the whole time, actually—I just didn’t have a macOS device, and MindNode had a pretty steep price tag. Now, they have a reasonable free tier and a low monthly-cost (~$2) subscription model, so it’s not as painful to justify using.
Once again, unfortunately, this is an Apple ecosystem-only application, so if you would like to use it on a Windows PC or an Android phone, you’re out of luck. The next alternative would be XMind
, which looks similarly sleek, but they require more money up-front for their subscription. You can use it free, but expect to get frustrated by pay-gated features.
At any rate, if you have the opportunity to use MindNode, I recommend trying it out. Mind mapping has helped me with all sorts of projects, so I think you’ll find it useful as well. You can check MindNode out below: