Now which category does this post belongra to? Learn? Write? I am starting to realize that Read-Learn-Write overlap a bit more often than I expected. But the purpose was to post about all of them, so not a big trouble if one post contains several of the Thought Factory’s major topics, right?
I haven’t taken much time to visit Coursera recently but I always check out their course selection they send me, just in case. And just in case has just popped up in my mailbox: they are now offering the course ‘Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade’. I have never seen such an opportunity on Coursera, so precisely ‘on-topic’ for me – so of course I have enrolled. Honestly, I do not know how much time I will have to follow it (just look at how much I have posted nowadays to see what I mean), but it’s just something I have no chance to resist. A free online university course on Fundamental English Writing? Whatever, I’m in!
Which means that hopefully you can now expect to see snippets of interesting information about the craft of writing here in the Thought Factory. Only… someone please give/sell/steal some time for me so I can get done with all my tasks, like, within a month (year?) of the deadline I set for myself.
During your visits at the Thought Factory you will sometimes encounter posts labelled “mapped” – books mapped, TED mapped, even sites mapped. The ‘Mind Gym’ of my LEARN section, an important room in this factory, will equip you with knowledge about mind maps – how they are created, what they are used for. Once you have seen a few they are quite self-explanatory and that’s what makes them such a convenient tool to grab the essence of articles, books or TED talks and transfer it to you.
If you are like me, you don’t have as many times ten-twenty minutes as there are attractive TED talks. The introductory lines on TED usually just make you want to listen to the speech even more. A glance at an outline or, even better, a mind map of these talks lets you acquire the essence and allows you to decide with more certainty which ones are most useful to watch for your own purposes and interests.
Look for posts marked as ‘something mapped’ if you happen to be looking to save some time or just use it more wisely (speaking of which, expect me to share some thoughts on time management in the Mind Gym sometime).
Have you already heard of mind maps? Or used them? For taking notes? For studies or other purposes? What do you find most fascinating about them?