Getting Your Ideas Organized With Mind Mapping

If you’re like me, you have created your blog and looking to create great content.  With that being said, I have so many ideas I want to write about and not sure where to start.  I needed a way to focus my efforts on an idea and write the best content that I can.  Having organized ideas usually leads to successful execution.  I needed to find a way to become organized with my ideas.  Then I stumbled upon Mind Maps

What is a Mind Map?

Well according to Wikipedia it is “A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision-making, and writing.”

 

There are several different programs/apps that will help you out. One of my favorites is iMindMap.  I will provide several others at the end of this post.

How Mind Maps Works For You

The best thing about mind maps is that you get all your ideas in place.  Having all your ideas in one location, help you not only see them on paper, but allow you to organize an approach to delivering get content to your blog.  Basically your documenting your brain and the way your brain works with allows for better organization in the long run.   If your interested in writing an E-Book here is a great article from Darren on Problogger about using Mind Mapping for creating a E-Book.

Here is an example of a Mind Map.  As you can see it is broken out by passions.  Each line for the center goes to a different main idea. From that main idea its going into other “descriptive areas”. These subsections can make great blog posts.  Of course you will have to do some investigations on the topics to see which one would make killer blog posts.  With mapping your mind your ideas just flow out and can give you unlimited organized ideas.

Average People May Apply

You don’t have to be an expert to make money from your blogs. All you really have to do is provide information that they want.  If you offer something people want even though you’re not an expert , they will buy it.   So start Mind Mapping today, who knows you may come across a killer idea, blog about it and start making the Passive Income of your dreams.

As I Mentioned Above: Links to Amazing Mind Mapping software.

iMindMap – iMindMap for your iPhone, iPad, Android device or web browser – total freedom to capture ideas wherever you go.

MindNode Pro  – Mac Desktop App

Mind Mapping for Dummies (Actually a book but contains great content)

Be sure to check back in the next few days, as my July 2012 Passive Income report will be posted.Feel free to comment on the post, as I read every single one and will try to get back to you.

Mike

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Earning Extra Income While You Have a Full Time Job

People don’t have to quick their normal job to make money online.  If you plan on starting this off as a hobby, I wouldn’t even think of quitting my job.  Having job security in your normal career will allow you to try out different strategies for making passive income online. Finding a blog of someone who has already been successful at passive income is a great place to start.  Doing your research, along with being patient and making smart decisions, you will begin to start making money.

With Your Busy Day Where Do You Find Extra Time

Personally, I wake up early, get to work and come home after being stuck in rush hour traffic. Besides your workday, you have family commitments, friends wanting to hang out. Pretty much my day is full of things to do.  I know many of you reading this go through the same thing every day just like me.  But how are you supposed to find time to make money on the Internet after a day like that.

Here are 3 great tips to help you find time in your busy day:

1. Realize Your Free Time

During the day believe it or not you have some free time you can use to your advantage. If you add up your drive in the morning, your breaks throughout the day, your lunch, your drive home, workout time, and some of the free time you have at home you might find a few extra hours there.

2. Do Two Things at Once

We can all learn to have better time management.  While your driving do you listen to the radio?  Instead of the radio, why not listen to a podcast or an audiobook about Passive Income.  You can even find time while watching TV.  We all like watching TV, some of use too much. Why not read or write your blog during commercials?  You get to watch your show or sporting even and still find time to work.  The average one-hour show is only 42 minutes long, leaving you with 18 minutes to work on your Passive Income dreams.

3.  Use Your Day Job to Help Build Your Dreams of Passive Income

If your job has one of the “ internet for anything but work is prohibited” rule , I wouldn’t recommend surfing the internet to learn about making money online. That last thing you want to do is lose your job because Big Brother was tracking you.   However you can use your job as an idea machine. What I mean by that is you can find an issue with something and use your blog to sell a product to fix it. Or lets say you need a certification for work and you have been studying for it, use your notes to create an eBook. You could market that eBook and now you have a Passive Income Stream.

I hope you enjoyed ready about how to earn extra income while having a full-time job.  Feel free to comment on this post and join my emailing list so you will know when I have new blog post.

Cheers

Mike

Looking for Passive Income? Then CRUSH IT!

Do you have a hobby you wish you could do all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take those passions and make a living doing what you love. In CRUSH IT!

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk is short, 140 pages or so, but that short form is consistent with his direct approach. It starts by outlining the importance of passion and Gary’s three rules for success in business and life: Love your family, Work super hard, Live your passion.

“Passion is everything.”

From there he shares his “hard working immigrant makes good” story of coming to the U.S. as a child from Belarus and numerous examples of how “hustle” and business savvy have been a part of his DNA from neighborhood lemonade stands to building up his father’s liquor store business from 4 to 50 million to creating another new business of his own, Vayner Media.

“It’s never a bad time to start a business unless you’re starting a mediocre business.”

The essence of this book is to find out what you’re really passionate about. Work your ass off, communicating that passion using whatever media format and channels are the work best for you and the audience you’re trying to reach. The passion will show through in the content you create, the connections and community you build and the legacy ,more important than short term financial gain, you leave from building the business.

“Story telling is by far the most underrated skill in business.”

Along with advice on creating content, choosing the right platform, being authentic, finding like-minded participants on the social web and social media marketing advice, he offers several ideas on monetization (some of which I’ll be implementing now), the value of patience and being adaptable.

“Be patient. In time, if you continue to hustle, you’ll grow your presence and improve your skills to the point where the fish – really, really big fish, will be jumping straight into your hands.”

Vaynerchuck admits his own contradictions, like do what your passion tells you no matter what, but also be adaptable in how you execute on your passion. He also makes a few comments that fly in the face of marketing (social or otherwise) key principles, like don’t pay much attention to analytics, but go with your gut.

“Anything is better than zero.”

Despite contradictions and rare advice that would make most marketers cringe, there’s no mistaking the success Vaynerchuck has achieved following “The Best Marketing Plan Ever” which he shares in the latter part of the book. He even goes so far as to offer a checklist and several business ideas he says he doesn’t have time to go after himself, so go for it.

“Legacy is greater than currency.”

For those looking for step by step instructions on how to develop a social media strategy and the specific tools to execute, this book has some of that, but it’s more about inspiration than “how to”.  To get anything out of a workshop or testing social tools yourself, you need to be inspired first anyway.

“Crush It” is an excellent book offering personal stories that illustrate the importance of passion, patience, hustle and the value of doing what you need to do to be happy. Success takes hard work and this book does a great job of showing anyone the framework for making what really makes them passionate and turn it into an online business.

In this book you will master the following

Learn: Why social media has evened the playing field, destroying the “gate-keepers” who had previously dictated the distribution of content.

Learn: How to beat unemployment and create wealth-building opportunities by building and maintaining a personal brand.

Learn: Why storytelling is the most important business concept in the current marketplace.

Learn: How you can build an online business around your passion without quitting your day job.

Learn: Why Twitter and Facebook are just tools and not a social media strategy.

Learn: How to take advantage of the half-billion dollars in advertising that are moving to the internet.

Learn: Why transparency and being true to yourself are now winning marketing formulas.

Learn: How to build and maintain an online community around your passion and brand.

Learn: Strategies for turning attention into money.

Learn: Why the legacy element of the internet era is so underrated.

To purchase this amazing book click here, and start CRUSHING it today

Please let me know what you think about this book, by leaving a comment.

Mike

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