I’m a visual thinker. Organizing my projects, research and work … and to do so easily (ha!) … and staying organized what with all the many new demands being made of me … a challenge to say the least.
I’m taking on a new role with my firm – and I’m still managing projects, conducting analyses and consulting with some clients – which requires my making many more presentations than I’ve had to in the past.
Among the many challenges is that my work (individual projects) frequently intersects with the work of others – for instance, some colleagues are working on process mapping something … and my project touches upon their work in that I am managing an offshore relationship which has different process requirements than our onshore resources.
So many intersection points, so many communication plans, so many tasks … I have been searching for and trying out several tools (online as well as the good, old-fashioned paper versions). And I’ve been coming down squarely in the more “traditional” camps with stuff that’s been around for awhile – like mind mapping and concept mapping. At any rate, for what it’s worth … here are some tools that I’ve found helpful in one way or another.
Mind Mapping – FreeMind … this one ranks as one of my favorite tools
Concept Mapping – CmapTools … I used this a lot awhile ago, then stopped, and now have returned to using it
PocketMod … this is the BEST tool by far that I’ve been using for all sorts of things (personal and work life)