Just like everyone else, Daisy sets resolutions for herself every year. One of those resolutions involves reading. Setting reading goals is very helpful in accomplishing the objective of being a more productive reader. At the beginning of the year, Daisy set a number of goals concerning how much she wanted to read and what she wanted to read.

“It’s not that difficult to go through 50 or more books in a year”, Daisy said, “the best way to deal with the challenge is to set goals”. XMind, Daisy’s favorite mind mapping software, helps Daisy create reading plans and become a more productive reader.

When Daisy was ready to create her reading plan, she thought about the following three questions:

  1. What books am I going to read?
  2. When am I going to read?
  3. How much time do I have to read?

Make a list

After Daisy thought through the questions, she launched XMind and created a blank mind map named “Reading Plan”. With the Enter key Daisy quickly wrote down the books she wanted to read this year. Daisy always pay great attention to make her mind map beautiful, so she inserted an icon from XMind’s well designed and ready-made clipart library. Furthermore, Daisy clicked the side panel “Format” and quickly selected a wallpaper for her map.

Divide into categories

In order to have a clearer overview of what kind of books she will be reading, Daisy divided the books into categories. With the shortcut “F3” in XMind, Daisy easily inserted a label for each topic. It seems like Daisy really loves to read novels.

Assign books to months

After Daisy listed all books she wanted to read and categorized them, she decided to assign books to months. XMind offers a group of vector markers for the month, so Daisy just added a marker to each book. And she simply dragged and dropped to reorder her reading list.

Make a detailed reading plan

Daisy planned to read a book each month. To make a detailed reading plan for each book, Daisy wanted to quantify exactly how much time she could spend on a book within a month. So Daisy right clicked the first book she planned to read and chose to create a new sheet from the selected topic, then a topic link between these two topics was created. With this amazing feature, Daisy’s mind map remained clean and organized. Anytime if Daisy wants to check the detailed reading schedule of a book, she only needs to click the topic link.

Make effective notes

When reading some books Daisy may want to take notes based on her reading. For Daisy, one of the most effective ways of actively engaging with her reading is to make notes as she goes along. The process of note-taking helps her retain, analyze and ultimately remember and learn what she has read. In XMind, Daisy can add a Note to each topic without cluttering the mind map and write down whatever comes to her mind when reading.

Share with others

After Daisy finished her reading plan, she was eager to share it with her friends on Facebook. With a simple click on the Share button in the toolbar, Daisy quickly shared her reading plan to her Facebook.

Easter egg

As the most popular mind mapping software, XMind also supports saving a mind map as an Evernote note. With XMind, you can save your map to the most popular note-taking tool as a large image, outline text, or even the .xmind file itself.