Plan for 2021 with MindMeister

If the often-surreal events of 2020 have taught us anything, it is that even the best-made plans can be rendered obsolete by circumstances beyond our control. However, with the year ending and no end to the uncertainty in sight, unpredictability cannot become a reason to neglect planning for the year ahead. Instead, it is a chance for companies everywhere to find new techniques that help them to plan more creatively, flexibly and collaboratively for 2021. 

Despite (or perhaps even because of) the uncertainty that dominates the horizon for businesses around the world, the benefits of planning effectively for 2021 could be extremely significant. In this post, we look at how mind mapping with MindMeister can help you define your business goals and set your strategy for next year. Using quick, easy templates, you’ll soon be well on the way to a more productive year when Q1 begins. 

Organize Efficiently 

For your business to succeed in 2021, a good overview of who is responsible for what at your company is vitally important. With the help of a well-structured org chart, you can quickly create a clear, high-level overview of the hierarchies and interdepartmental relationships within your organization, which in turn serves as useful reference material for existing and new employees. 

Your company org chart should contain the most important information about each position at the company: the roles and responsibilities of the individuals and the teams they belong to. If your company has a hierarchical structure, this can be depicted by the various levels of your org chart.

To create an org chart in MindMeister, go to Templates and select “Company Org Chart”. Before you start, read more about the benefits of creating an org chart in this post.

Here are some further tips for creating attractive org charts in MindMeister.

Use colors and icons to make your org chart easier to understand. This will allow your team to find what they are looking for quickly.  Allow your team to enter their personal bios and information into the org chart: this will have the dual benefit of saving you time and making your team feel more involved.  Encourage your team to add photos of themselves to the chart to give your organization a more friendly face.  Collaborate and Plan

A new year means a new space for fresh ideas. While you will probably already have a level of vision about what you want to achieve with your team over the next 12 months, fresh inspiration could be the difference between a good year and a great one. While you try to incorporate as much input as possible into your plans, two things are important: first, that you garner as many original ideas as possible from your team, and second, that these ideas are documented and developed effectively so that they can be compared and analyzed at a later date. 

Mind mapping is the perfect solution to the challenges that goal-setting can pose. With the help of a simple, collaborative brainstorming session with your team, you can bring a plethora of ideas onto the table with the minimum of fuss. Better still, the non-linear structure of the map will allow you to format your ideas in a way that allows for the infinite development of each individual point.

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