From time to time, all of us experience information overload. Content is streaming into our ears and eyes at a frightening pace these days, and try as you may, it’s hard to ignore. Therefore, a method is required to handle the madness. You may have heard of mind mapping before, but if you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a way to organize information in a visual outline by isolating main points, and then building them off of one another. Instead of having pages of notes for something like a business meeting, you can just create a mind map of what you want to cover, and the natural progression of ideas will be evident to you by glancing at just one sheet of paper. There are a few software products that assist you in creating these maps, but a free online service called Mayomi will get you started quickly.

The site hasn’t been updated in quite some time, but it still works fairly well, and further developments will hopefully be coming down the pipeline soon enough. One of the first things that you’ll notice about Mayomi is how modern it is. The interface is beautiful, albeit a little complicated for someone who has no idea as to what in the world they’re trying to accomplish. However, with a little work, you’ll see why organizing your thoughts in this manner is so efficient.

[tags]information overload,mind mapping,visual outline[/tags]