Why You Should Use A Productivity Mind Map

Why You Should Use A Productivity Mind Map

Productivity Mind Map

This video is about what we call the Productivity Mind Map.
And what I'm going to do is walk you through step-by-step.
So, before we jump right in and show you different productivity tools and all that good stuff, we’re going to focus on first and foremost what we call Idea Dumping.

What I want you to do is whether that is to pull out a piece of paper or pen and pencil; or if you want to utilize your iPhone or smartphone, that’s fine too.
But what you want to do is you want to list down all of the tasks or To-Do’s.
So, your list most likely may seem like a lot and can be overwhelming and that’s why the next steps are essential.
So, what I recommend that you do is just pause this video, jot down all of your tasks and your To-Do’s.
You might be thinking, well, should this be my personal stuff if I’m focused on productivity of my business or my career?
Yes, you definitely want to list down all of your tasks – your personal, your career, and your business and even your fun time.
Because what you're trying to do is you're trying to get an overarching view of all of your tasks so that way, we can begin to prioritize, which I’ll show you in just a minute.

Why You Should Use A Productivity Mind Map

Productivity Mind Map

And then once you have that list of tasks and hopefully, you've paused this video, and you've done that – you're going to itemize those tasks.
And you want to itemize your list based on categories.
So, we’re not just trying to prioritize the whole list.
We are trying to look at the list of things that we have to do, and the day-to-day stuff included.
And then what we want to do is categorize them so make sure you create categories.
Categories for example – personal, fun time, work, play time, entertainment, essential tasks that you have to do on a repetitive basis and even key tasks and even key projects that might be unique.
So, they can be consistent, and they can also be unique.
What you're trying to do is you're trying to categorize them, so you know – okay, I'm spending this amount of the day on personal stuff.
And a lot of times, we don’t realize that until we write it down.
We don’t realize that all of our time is being spent maybe on the phone or maybe being interrupted or maybe being distracted.
And then once we realize that, we say – Aha, okay, now I can put stuff in place to prevent that from actually happening.

So, once you've created those general categories, what you want to do is you want to create sub-categories.
The reason why is that if you think about the saying – when you actually complete a task, generally speaking, the task can be split up into baby steps.
And by doing that, the actual task gets completed, right?
So, in a similar case in this case, we are splitting up the categories and breaking them down so that we can see – okay, in our personal life, how much time are we spending towards these different tasks but at the same time, which are these tasks belonging to especially sub-category wise.
So, these are mini tasks that you need to accomplish to get the more significant task complete, and this is what is going to help you break things down and then it’s going to be applicable.
Your brain looks at a task like, say for example, a project, it becomes very overwhelming and very frustrating because the job seems so big.
But when you break things down into sub-categories and then categories and then you're able to kind of see a roadmap of what's happening in your life.
That’s when we can begin to define the priorities, which we’ll talk about in Video #3.

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