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Re: Methodology of Major Repairs
I use mind mapping software to record and organize thoughts as they occur to me. With a mind map, I can easily plop a thought where I think it belongs in relationship to other thoughts, for instance either in priority or in chronological steps. I can even plop in a reminder that I need more knowledge or where on my computer, or the www, that knowledge is stored.
I have big-picture mind maps, for instance, "Boat Projects." This mind map is set up in order of priority, but it also gives me a picture of which tasks must be done before another can be started. Sometimes it is beneficial, if not necessary, to complete a lower-priority task before tackling a high-priority task.
Complex tasks with many steps are given their own detailed mind maps. For instance, my "Boat Project" map has a task named 'Swing Keel Maintenance.' To me, that project seems daunting and complex, so I set up a separate map for Swing Keel Maintenance.
Periodically, I go through my mind maps and reorganize them based on changing conditions/priorities.
The best things about mind mapping are 1) once I record a thought, I don't need to keep refreshing it in my short-term memory and I am free to think about other things; 2) As thoughts are easily organized and re-organized, big-picture and small-detail action strategies are automatically created; 3) Using color-codes makes everything very easy to see, including how much I've actually accomplished, which is vital for my peace of mind when I'm facing a seemingly endless project.
Mind-mapping is easy and is immediately useful to a beginner, but it is a developed skill that takes practice. There are several free mind mapping tools available that you can start with. Find them using your web search tool (DuckDuckGo does not track your web travels like Google does.)
Last edited by jwing; 07-24-2015 at 10:52 AM.