We make things difficult for ourselves. Well I do, anyway, unless I take steps to avoid it.
I’m talking about setting up content for some project I’m working on. That could be a proposal, an email, an essay (unlikely since I’m not in school though I could be developing a rant for the local newspaper), or a blog like this. But it applies to any of the above.
I fail to organize it from the get go. Oh sure, I have the thoughts spinning around in my head, daytime, while I’m sleeping, you’ve done it I’m sure. But that doesn’t move things forward and I want order. And I want flow. I have to get it down on paper and then play with it. By this time I’ve done the research – I’ve got notes on paper, some I’ve saved on Word, so I sort of know what I’ve got, except, it isn’t organized.
I know I have to get to a linear sequence for the writing to work. In between all those notes and saved files there’s a gap – determining what that sequence is. I’ve found that my best way to come up with this sequence is using a Mind Map. Why? Because I can put all those disparate sources of information into a Mind Map. Then I can study that Map and figure out what the priorities are, number them, and how they connect. If you’ve never done it, you might want to try it.
A tip about Mind Maps. If you do a Google search you’ll see plenty of examples. Many of them are far too complex. Look for simplicity. In our book for students, “Ten Steps to Help You Write Better Essays & Term Papers”, we’ve kept the process and examples simple and clear.
My overall point? Make sure you get organized with your work. It’ll save you a lot of grief, and time.