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Mind on Maps takes you on a tour of methodical thinking with digital mind maps. Reflect on your past, plan for your future, learn something new, get organized. Study the structure of your thoughts and process of working with them. Perfect the skills that are needed for you to become a mind map ninja — and prepare yourself for the exploration of the uncharted territories of your mind.

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Digitally enhanced thoughts with mind maps

Mental leverage

Expand your mental capability by using a practical, all-round information tool — digital mind maps.

Index of mind

Know what you know. Create an index for your thoughts and memories for easier access.

Memory extension

Our brain power is limited. Boost your working memory, build yourself another kind of long term memory.

Methodical thinking

Nail those fleeting thoughts down. Analyze them into atoms, synthesize them into systems.

Clear mind

Silence your mind, relax, focus. Pour those thoughts out — externalize them for objective inspection.

Cognitive mirror

Look at your thoughts — honestly. Discover your personal biases and find out your true priorities.

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Why Mind on Maps?

Our brain power has limits. Our physical power has limits too, and when we run into them, we turn to mechanical tools. In the same way, we can use tools to help us with tasks requiring mental strength.

Things like pen and paper are tools too, but of a different kind. Instead of the limits of the muscles, they help us overcome the limits of our working memory — the fact that we can hold only a limited amount of things in our minds at a time. That’s why we need to write down numbers to perform difficult calculations or draw diagrams to understand complex interactions. Here we are using pen and paper as a cognitive tool: they help us perform a task requiring thinking and memory.

As the amount of information we need to keep track of grows, the need to organize the information becomes apparent. Mind maps give us the structure to deal with that. We can split big concepts and systems into small pieces, and we can group separate ideas into a logical whole. We can find surprising connections and discover hidden assumptions in our thinking. We can quite literally re-wire our thoughts.

But mind maps with pen and paper take you only so far. With a computer, on the other hand, you can create, edit and manage hundreds of mind maps, while also keeping track of connections between maps using links — and all that while maintaining your sanity.

Mind on Maps is not only about mind maps as a specific tool, but also about mapping the mind in general: exploring and enhancing the process of thinking and the structure of thoughts — using a digital tool. Join the expedition!


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Antti Halla

M.Sc. in Computer Science, software engineer, personal coach, entrepreneur, writer.

“Mind maps are the most important personal tool I use daily. And I’ve been doing so for over ten years now. I use them as a notebook, an idea collection, a personal planner and a project management system. The maps help me study, write, solve problems and think about anything in general. Basically, my whole life is in mind maps.”

Contact: antti@mindonmaps.com or Twitter