Steve Rothwell (Peace of Mind) Timeboxing Timeboxing is a simple time management technique I use often. I first learned about it in software development terms. Let’s say you have a fixed deadline for a new product you need to release, such as an annual upgrade to software for calculating income taxes. In terms of managing your own tasks, timeboxing can be a helpful technique. First, let’s say you want to get something done, but there’s a risk it could end up taking far more time than it’s worth because it’s the kind of task where you might exhibit perfectionist tendencies. As an example I use timeboxing when doing my Christmas shopping each year. (I know some people love holiday shopping, and taking multiple trips to browse is fine if it’s something you enjoy. The second way I use timeboxing is when I have a task or project that I wish to complete, but I don’t really know where to begin, or it seems like it’s going to be a long time before I can finish a meaningful chunk. Site Build It!
Mindmapping, concept mapping and information organisation software Alberto Martinez (MindMapping Everywhere) 5S - Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke The 5 'S' Process: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke "5S" was invented in Japan, and stands for five (5) Japanese words that start with the letter 'S': Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke. Table 1 shows what these individual words mean. An equivalent set of five 'S' words in English have likewise been adopted by many, to preserve the "5S" acronym in English usage. they argue that these words have lost the essence of the original 5 Japanese words. Table 1. 5S Definitions Seiri The first step of the "5S" process, seiri, refers to the act of throwing away all unwanted, unnecessary, and unrelated materials in the workplace. Seiton Seiton, or orderliness, is all about efficiency. Seiso Seiso, the third step in "5S", says that 'everyone is a janitor.' Seiketsu The fourth step of "5S", or seiketsu, more or less translates to 'standardized clean-up'. for easier visual identification of anomalies in the surroundings. Shitsuke The last step of "5S", Shitsuke, means 'Discipline.'
50 Useful Mind-Mapping Tools for College Students July 27th, 2009 By Emily Thomas As a hardworking student, you’ve got a lot to organize, including essays, exams, deadlines, and class schedules, not to mention your social and personal life–plus any part-time jobs you may have taken on. In an effort to keep you more organized, we’ve generated this list of 50 useful mind-mapping tools that are designed to help you see your ideas more clearly, analyze and outline research papers, become more efficient when you study, and get inspired to be more creative in your work. Free or Open Source Online college students depend on open and free programs like these when balancing school work and a tight budget. Collaboration Use these tools to work with classmates, share notes, prepare a presentation, and work on the web. Brainstorming and Project Management When you need to work on your ideas for a big project, use these tools to organize all of your ideas, edits and deadlines. Multitasking Study Tools Miscellaneous
Gideon King (NovaMind) Advantages of Market Research Articles Click to enlarge Click to download this Mind Map document. Starting up a business without performing some type of market research beforehand, can prove disastrous. Read the full article → Resume Tips to Remember Click to enlarge Click to download this Mind Map document. Read the full article → PocketMod: The Free Disposable Personal Organizer 99 Mind Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips So, there you are staring at that black sheet of paper again. Or perhaps it's a black Word document on your computer screen. Whichever it may be, it's obvious you're about to take notes for that big essay assignment or group project, and you're not too excited about getting started! That's where a different kind of note taking comes in to play, one that is actually fun to do and will also help you to understand your notes better. It's a technique called mind mapping, and is based around a strong visual method of taking notes. Whether your using colorful markers and paper or using state-of-the-art computer software, you'll find using mind maps are a much more interesting way to take notes than you ever have in the past! Free Software Free Mind - the premier java-based mind mapping software known for its quick, one-click "fold/unfold" and "follow link" operations. Wisemapping - "Visual Thinking Evolution", offering free web based mind maps you can share anywhere on the web. Resources Books