Tap Into Your Ideas + To Do's Using Mind Mapping, with Special Guest Amanda Lathrop
Does it feel like you’re always spinning a million plates? Do you worry you’re not keeping track of them well enough? Are you more of a Visual thinker than a Sit-Down-and-Write-An-Outlined-List thinker? It might be time for you to experiment with Mind Mapping!
Kelly Pratt, founder of the So Do It! Society, interviews entrepreneur Amanda Lathrop about using Mind Mapping for tracking all the different parts of her life.
So you have blank pages in your paper planner that are waiting for your next quarter. You are helping yourself (wrangle) what I call "mental ephemera."
I think of our brains a little bit like a junk drawer where there are so many things that we should actually throw away, or at least put in its place. The definition of the word "ephemera" is the thing that you're supposed to use once and throw away, like a ticket stub or receipt or something like that. So much of our lives are those little things that we are supposed to deal with and get rid of! I know in David Allen's Getting Things Done process, the GTD, he calls those, "open loops." I call it "mental ephemera." — Kelly Pratt
I like how you said, 'Don't say lose 10 pounds,' say maybe, 'Health,' and maybe say, 'how do I want to feel?' — Kelly Pratt
Amanda Lathrop: Yes.
Riffing on more ways to set up & Use Mind Maps
Kelly Pratt: A construct I discovered in about 2010 is something from the Hindu world called the Purusharthas, and they break the life down into four "aims of life."
I think like Mind Mapping: I think like what you're drawing, but because my mind moves so fast, sometimes writing it isn't fast enough for me. And, I change my mind a lot! I am what we call a Quick Start: I change my mind a lot, and I'm very visual, so this particular software works for me. I'll show you guys a couple examples. — Kelly Pratt