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Ya' Gotta' Have a Plan!!

Ya' Gotta' Have a Plan
by Gary Woods

In the musical South Pacific there's a song that expresses the sentiment if you don't have a dream, how ya' gonna' make a dream come true?? Well to paraphrase this thought, if you don't have a plan, how ya' gonna' get your idea off the ground?

There are lots of ways of getting organized. All the way from scrawling lines on the ground to creating intricate spread sheets. But if everybody you're trying to collaborate with is in a different part of the world then you're going to want to figure out a way so that everybody can be on the same page.

One way I found is something called Mindmeister that allows you to share a workspace with your friends and colleagues interactively. The process all starts with a central concept, which you can both add to and edit simultaneously while chatting over Skype which you can launch from inside of Mindmeister.

Mindmeister allow you to create flow charts, publish maps and export PDFs all for free. And if you've got the princely sum of $4 per month you can create unlimited mind maps, include maps in blogs and websites, and enjoy full Secure Socket Layer encryption.

If you've got a big idea rolling around in your brain and would like to get other people involved with it then it would be a good time to check Mindmeister. After all a Mindmeister is a terrible thing to waste.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc