Project and to-do list management are related and major categories of use for mind maps in business. This has resulted in a healthy market in add-ins for popular mind mapping software.
MindManager was first to add project management data attributes, and several add-in companies have exploited the data to make our lives easier when we track our daily tasks and projects.
Nick Duffill is an old hand in this field but recently he came out with a new add in: Power Markers.
This is an add in to pull lists from MindManager maps automatically, and the lists are based on specified criteria. So you get the best of both worlds – the freedom of mind maps and the quick view of a filtered list. But there’s more to it than that, because “markers” may give the impression of something that you add to show, say, the importance of a task or node, but “power” in the name comes from the fact that these markers constantly check against targets and provide dynamically-changing colour indications on your MindManager map of where urgent attention is needed: For example, a task that is past due, or one where attention is required because it is due soon.
As the days pass, you will see other branches on your mind maps change colour.
The lists: Well, off at the side, you’ll find a new tab “Hot Lists” with the Power Markers-generated list, and that also changes day by day, and as you mark tasks complete, or perhaps change dates.
This looks like a valuable addition to the range of productivity add-ins for MindManager.