Mindly: A brainstorming and mind-mapping app (and why I love it)

Just a small portion of my crazy thoughts and ideas, captured via the Mind.ly app!
Just a small portion of my crazy thoughts and ideas, captured via the Mind.ly app!

  How do you keep track of all your ideas and inspiration?  How do you get (and stay) organized?  As an incoming MBA student, there are just so many options and paths to consider in the next two years.  How do I keep track of all the clubs I want to join, extracurricular activities I want to participate in, applied strategy/consulting projects I’d like to do, internships I’m pursuing, conferences I’m attending, and so on?  My day-to-day schedules and cloud services are pretty locked in, but when it comes to ideas and thoughts, I’m all over the place!  

  Thankfully, there’s a brand new (and FREE) app called Mindly out there that is exactly what I’m looking for:  a beautifully designed, highly visual app that captures my random thoughts and concerns.  It’s easy to use, easy to set up, easy to update.  The free version allows you export your mind map in PDF or share with another Mindly user, but if you go for premium (I didn’t) you can export the map as text, OPML, or HTML too.

The downside?  Only available on iOS, and my tiny iPhone 4 screen isn’t great at showing the whole map.  It’s plenty fine, though:

iOS screenshot of Mindly in action
iOS screenshot of Mindly in action

What is it:  A visual brainstorming and mind-mapping app for iOS

What it replaces:  A combination of scratch paper, sticky notes, a moleskin notebook, Evernote, to-do lists, website bookmarks, and a significant portion of my working memory

2 Replies to “Mindly: A brainstorming and mind-mapping app (and why I love it)”

  1. Just downloaded Mindly and I love it! Thanks for the recommendation. Found your blog after reading your post on the Foster MBA blog. I am subscribing!

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