But that doesn’t mean we should follow through on every single thought that pops into our mind. Every time you start thinking about future events or start making mental movies, keep count on a post-it note or a small piece of paper. Be aware of your thoughts. But don’t follow through.
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Covey suggests you divide a piece of paper into four sections, drawing a line across and a line from top to bottom. Into each of those quadrants, you put your tasks according to whether they are: Important and Urgent Important and Not Urgent Not Important but Urgent Not Important and Not Urgent You’d like to spend as much time as possible in Quadrant II, plugging away at tasks that are important with plenty of time to really get into them and do the best possible job.
The mind-map is an interdisciplinary strategy where a student or group build(s) of a single concept or idea: a drama, an element in chemistry, a biography,a vocabulary word, an event in history, a commercial product. The concept or idea is placed in the center of a blank sheet of paper and representations of other ideas are connected to that central concept are added, branching out in all directions on the page.
A common reason for feeling stuck on a project is because there’s too much information to process, causing you to lose clarity on your end goal. Mind mapping is a visual note-taking style to help you get your ideas out on paper. Essentially, you’re making a map of how all of your ideas relate to one another. Start with one central idea, like the overall project goal or just a piece of it. From there, think about the major tasks, goals, or ideas behind the projects.
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