FreeplaneSomeone wrote to me about filtering mind maps using FreeMind. FreePlane is the same thing, just a more updated version of FreeMind.

So, I took a few minutes and made some discoveries. You can add icons and attributes to nodes and then filter them. Like adding keywords or tags to photos and then doing a search to narrow things down. … [continued]

OneNote: Alternative To EverNote 2

by JL Beeken on 6-22-2011

EverNote 2.2I think years from now people will still be talking about EverNote 2 as one of the best programs ever built. And I have harped on about the sheer genius of it. So, this might come as a shock. … [continued]

Mind Mapping & The Action Machine

by JL Beeken on 6-13-2011

The Action MachineMy two favorite organizational tools are mind mapping and The Action Machine.

Mind-mapping for detailed categorization of ideas and plans. The Action Machine for setting it up in time slots and getting it done. … [continued]

The Action Machine 3 Released

by JL Beeken on 4-12-2011

The Action MachineThe Action Machine 3 is based on the concept of timeboxing which can be broken down into the following 3 steps:

1. Write down all the tasks you want to get done today.
2. Assign a specific block of time for completing each task.
3. Select a task, start a timer, and focus on nothing else until that task is complete!
… [continued]

Balanced Life

by JL Beeken on 2-28-2011

As I’ve been intimating for the past year, I’m trying to take a second look at the concept of a balanced life, not just the train-wreck on my computer. I’ve set myself up for enough computer projects to last several lifetimes so that’s not going to work obviously. … [continued]

This is a typical (although partial due to the scroll bar getting in the way) Assigned Sources screen in my Legacy database for a single individual. … [continued]

The Idea Book

by JL Beeken on 2-23-2011

This is one more for the Idea Book. Everyone should have one.

Someone left a brilliant comment over at Jasia’s blog awhile back. Jasia was asking for ideas on downsizing as she got ready to move from her long-time home to a smaller condo. The commenter was T.K.

T.K. has six blogs. Obviously a thinking person and she brought up the idea of “Toss Ten Things”. I like it. I’m trying to apply it to my computer. … [continued]

Mind Mapping A Genealogy Research Toolbox

by JL Beeken on 2-07-2011

FreePlaneFollowing on from yesterday’s introduction to mind mapping a Genealogy Research Toolbox, you’ll need two things for this project; free mind mapping software – FreeMind (or FreePlane) and a free Dropbox account. … [continued]

Genealogy Filing: Taking Inventory, Part 2

by JL Beeken on 2-04-2011

So are you done taking an inventory of your genealogy files? Seriously. All of them.

Writing about it has helped to focus me in getting to the parts that were/are stuck. As I’ve made changes I’ve also changed my post about taking inventory so if you’re trying to follow that exactly, and I’m sure you’re not, it’s been updated several times. … [continued]

Welcome to MRIN filing on steroids. … [continued]