Huh? You thought I tried to stick to topics associated with finance, right? Well, mostly. In fact, today Jeff Rose published part two of my Estate Planning article at Good Financial Cents. Here, however, I thought I take a slight detour and show you the thought process that went into writing a near two thousand word article like that.
A few weeks ago, I read (well, watched, as it turned out to be a tutorial video) a post on Erica.Biz titled How to Make a Mind Map. Always open to new ideas, I watched her video and started to think about when I’d be able to give it a try. For simple articles you’d want to write or small projects, a tool like this may not really help you along, as there may not be much you need to work with. As my posts average 250-300 works, it took until now to give it a go. When I asked Jeff what topic he’d like me to tackle next and he said Estate Planning, the mind starts to race. From a racing mind comes this mind map:
Note, you can click to view it full size if you are squinting. You can see that in a way this is like an old-fashioned outline we used to use for term papers. What’s different is you can brainstorm, and keep writing words that come to mind, and then organize into main and subtopics. When thinking about this topic, I visited the mindmap over a few days, and once it was complete, the rest was easy. If you haven’t done so, take a look at the Estate Planning article at Jeff’s site and see how this process helped me write. Erica’s site links to the software if you want to try it yourself. See if this can help you or your family with a project that you have coming up.
FTC disclosure – I have no business relationship with either Erica.biz or with the Mindmeister software I discussed herein. If a reader signs up for the paid version through Erica’s site she gets a small fee, and she states that on her blog.