Mind Mapping with MindMeister

I’ve started planning for 2015 in theory, but I’ve struggled with execution. Usually, I  wrote my goals, wants, and wishes down in a Word document. I forget about it as soon as I close the document. Hard to stay focused when your goals are hidden in a file.

The other day, I read a blog post by Britni Danielle about mapping out your goals. Talk about being right on time…whew! So I grabbed an erasable pen and some printer paper and got to work.

My original mind map. Pardon my handwriting.

My original mind map. Pardon my handwriting.

There’s something freeing about putting everything on paper. Not keyboard to screen, pen to paper. As much as I love being “connected”, I enjoyed actually having to write something out. I don’t do that often.

Excited about my idea map, I texted Amber to share my glee. She sends me the link to MindMeister. It’s the online version of your DIY mind maps. Just when I thought the internet couldn’t get any better, once again, Amber proves me wrong.

Some Highlights About MindMeister:

  • There’s a demo version. Many of the options are unavailable in the demo version unless you sign up for free.
  •  You can create up to 3 minds maps. There are also 3 paid account options (personal, pro, and business).
  • Mind maps can be exported into formats such as Word docs and  PDFs.
  • Not only is it available on web, you there’s also an app, which is available for iOS and Android!!

I created an account and after spending about an hour playing around with the app, I created this:

My mind map courtesy of MindMeister.

My mind map courtesy of MindMeister.

 

It’s definitely worth looking into if you want to make your mind maps look nice. If you check out MindMeister, let me know what you think!

I Brought A Day Designer!!

Before I begin this post, I would like to thank my awesome friend Amber over at Climb Out of The Cubicle. Not only is she awesome, but she inspired this post. 

This isn’t exactly news breaking information for most, but it is for me. With 2015 just over the horizon, I realized that in order for me to carry out my goals, organization is imperative. Here’s how the purchase of my Day Designer happened.

Back Story

Currently, I use an academic planner to organize my blog. It’s so ineffective. In September, I started checking brick and mortar stores for 2015 planners. Many of the planners I saw were hideous (e.g., too many colors, poorly designed, etc).

After buying and returning several 2015 planners, I realized that what I needed wasn’t sold in stores. Here’s where Amber comes into play.

I remember explaining my frustration to her and she suggested that I consider getting a Day Designer. I went to the website and impressed by how beautiful and functional the planner was. I was ready to purchase, but I couldn’t get past…

…The Price 

I’m a frugal girl. I had to come to terms with paying $59 for the planner (via the Etsy store). Then I realized shipping was going to cost me $13 (I’m in Richmond, VA) and I refusedto proceed with purchasing. After spending a few hours researching online retailers, I finally found the planner for $60 and free shipping at The Grommet. The planner arrived within 3 business days from PA.

Behold the Awesomeness!

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A few observations about the Day Designer:

  • The planners are sophisticated cute. The cover (regardless of the design), provides just enough color. The pink ribbon doubles as a bookmark.
  • Worksheets are included in the front of the planner to help organize your core, which assists with focusing on your purpose and vision.
  • Each tabbed month is attached to a notes page, which provides plenty of writing space on both sides.
  • Monthly calendars are dated, however, holidays are not noted. A monthly to-do list is on the left and a space at the top of the calendar is available for you to list your goals for the month.
  • Each day has its own page, with the exception of weekends, which share one page. Daily and weekend schedules are listed from 5-9. The schedules don’t indicate if this is a.m. or p.m., so this omission works perfectly for those who work from night to day.
  • I love that at the end of the day, I can list what I’m grateful for. Perfect way to end each day.

Conclusion

This is an investment. If you’re looking for something that allows you to organize your life AND keep you focused on your ultimate goals, the Day Designer is worth considering. You can test it out by downloading a free daily planner page.

Now, back to planning 2015 while I chat with Amber:)

MsWalton

What I’m Thankful for in 2014

With the new year approaching, I wanted to reflect on what I’m thankful for in 2014. (Disclaimer: These are not in order of importance.)

  1. The lessons (good and bad) I’ve learned throughout the year.

  2. Becoming friends with Amber:)

  3. Getting hosting for this blog.

  4. Finally getting fed up enough to make things happen.

  5. My health.

  6. My sanity.

What are you thankful for this year? Leave a comment so we can discuss.

#SorryNotSorry

Sorry Not SorryI say what I mean and mean what I say. Oftentimes, my words have a tendency to offend, which isn’t my intention. In the past, I would apologize for being harsh just to make the person feel better.

One thing I’ve learned in recent years is for me to be happy, I have to stop apologizing to save face. Now, when someone tells me they didn’t like what I had to say, I say to them, “Sorry, not sorry.”

It’s my way of acknowledging that I may have upset/offended you, however, I’m not apologizing for what I said because I meant it.

Everyone isn’t going to like me. That’s cool. I promise you, I lose no sleep at night knowing that folks don’t care for me. As long as there are people out there in the world who understand where I’m coming from, that’s all that matters.

#SorryNotSorry

 

Who Are You Living For?

Live Your Life For Yourself

I used to live my life valuing the opinions of others. Each decision I made, I would ask myself “What would _____think about this?” I hated to disappoint those that I cared about.

Eventually, I didn’t consider what I thought when I made decisions. As I’m writing this post, I’m thinking about all the opportunities I missed out on.

Not only did I miss out on opportunities, but I was unhappy. Once I became unhappy with my life, my thought process changed. If folks don’t like the decisions I make, that’s not my problem.

You can consider the opinions of others, but the key word is consider. The moment you forget that you matter is when you’ve lost yourself. You can’t afford to do that

Live your life for you and you alone.