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mind mapping softwareThoughtboxes is a new service that takes a simple approach to getting organised – and may come in handy for those of you whose New Year’s resolutions were to become more organised and efficient. Thoughtboxes borrows some elements from mind-mapping and to-do webapps, offering its members a user-friendly, intuitive interface that will appeal to a huge variety of people.

If you’re a GTD fiend, Thoughtboxes is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a simple way to get your thoughts, ideas, tasks, or just about anything else, in an easy to read, organised system – you’ll be delighted with what the service has to offer.


Signing up is quick and easy — entering your name, email address and password.

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The first step, once you’ve signed up for an account is to create your first Train of Thought. Free accounts can create up to two Trains of Thought, whereas paid members can create as many as they want.

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Once you have your Train of Thought, you can begin to add as many Thought Boxes (or lists) as you like. When creating new Thought Boxes within a Train of Thought, enter the name and select a colour to distinguish it from other boxes.

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You can then drag and drop the boxes, rearranging their order, as well as rearranging items in each list.

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Once you’re done with an item, click the check mark and it will be crossed out.

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Thoughboxes is a new and unique way to get yourself organised, and with the way that it’s been set up, there’s no limit to how you can choose to use the service. Thoughtboxes is pretty much what you make of it.

One potential use of Thoughtboxes is a less conventional To-Do list. Trains of Thought become Projects and Thought Boxes become the individual To-Do lists that fall under that project.

Thoughtboxes can also serve as an alternative to mindmapping. Mindmapping as a practice can sometimes be a little overwhelming, and lacks structure. With Thoughtboxes, you can easily mindmap your ideas using a much more structured and ordered system.

If you’re going on a trip, use Thoughboxes to organise every aspect of your holiday – from packing to sightseeing to travel arrangements and dates. Students can use Thoughtboxes as a study aid – whether organising your notes or study schedule.

Another interesting use for Thoughtboxes is to keep a log of completed tasks, whether at home, or at work.

The service is also ideal for brainstorming and collaborating on one project. You can share your thoughtboxes with other users — even if they aren’t members of Thoughtboxes — by clicking on the share button. Once you have your Train of Thought set up, you can then send the URL to any of your friends and literally let them see your thoughts.

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As with any new service, we have a small wishlist of things that we hope to see come to Thoughtbox. A feature that would be very useful would be to allow for true collaboration and allow other users add to or edit your Trains of Thought. Teams could then truly make full use of the service.

As you continue to add more information to your account, it may become difficult to manage. The option to hide completed tasks would definitely help the service become more manageable, as well as the ability to search your thoughts and ideas for specific text. After all, some of us are a little bit forgetful, which is why we use apps like Thoughtboxes.

How are you going to use Thoughtboxes? Do you have any tips for staying organised? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Î??ç???™
    February 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

    seems cool! Would check it out IA! But I use google tasks! EAsy and simple + Fast!

  2. Anonymous
    January 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I hope the girl in the photo is ok in the midst of all the unrest.

  3. nm
    January 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I don't think that's necessarily true. What I said was that it "borrows elements from mind-mapping" - if it were just another mind-mapping service, I would have said that. And yes I do see a similarity - because similarity by definition does not mean identical.

    I know you meant it in a negative way when you say its rudimentary - but this service's beauty is in its simplicity. If you don't need full blown mind mapping and just need a way to organise your thoughts/plans it works really well. If you take a look at the examples demonstrated on the site it shows you how you can really benefit from using the service. If, on the other hand, you prefer to use elaborate mind-mapping tools - more power to you.

    And if I were you - I'd suggest the changes that you'd like to see to the developers.

  4. CrazyFilter
    January 23, 2011 at 12:55 am

    "...if you want to know how and what a mind mapping tool should do its work."

  5. CrazyFilter
    January 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Dunno..it somehow misses the point..

    The tool should capture my thoughts and like you said a "train of thoughts"

    Now I definitely think in more levels then 2.

    I mean, c'mon ..you create Level 1 Buzzwords and can create second level items inside. What if i derivate some more thoughts to an item( like 5 x level 3 items)?

    And then some even more thoughts and aspects regarding an level 3 item..

    Also, what if I want to add some more notes or images to an single Item? Not just a short title.

    Can I show some dependencies or links between items of different levels?

    This tool is really rudimentary and a joke.

    Look at "Mindjet MindManager 9" if you want to know how and what a mind mapping should do.

    "I definitely see a similarity. "
    If you see here mind mapping then you really didn't understand the concept of mind maps.

    And yes, Roy is absolutely right with his comment.

    • nm
      January 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

      I don't think that's necessarily true. What I said was that it "borrows elements from mind-mapping" - if it were just another mind-mapping service, I would have said that. And yes I do see a similarity - because similarity by definition does not mean identical.

      I know you meant it in a negative way when you say its rudimentary - but this service's beauty is in its simplicity. If you don't need full blown mind mapping and just need a way to organise your thoughts/plans it works really well. If you take a look at the examples demonstrated on the site it shows you how you can really benefit from using the service. If, on the other hand, you prefer to use elaborate mind-mapping tools - more power to you.

      And if I were you - I'd suggest the changes that you'd like to see to the developers.

  6. CrazyFilter
    January 23, 2011 at 1:55 am

    "...if you want to know how and what a mind mapping tool should do its work."

  7. CrazyFilter
    January 23, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Dunno..it somehow misses the point..

    The tool should capture my thoughts and like you said a "train of thoughts"

    Now I definitely think in more levels then 2.

    I mean, c'mon ..you create Level 1 Buzzwords and can create second level items inside. What if i derivate some more thoughts to an item( like 5 x level 3 items)?

    And then some even more thoughts and aspects regarding an level 3 item..

    Also, what if I want to add some more notes or images to an single Item? Not just a short title.

    Can I show some dependencies or links between items of different levels?

    This tool is really rudimentary and a joke.

    Look at "Mindjet MindManager 9" if you want to know how and what a mind mapping should do.

    "I definitely see a similarity. "
    If you see here mind mapping then you really didn't understand the concept of mind maps.

    And yes, Roy is absolutely right with his comment.

  8. Roy Grubb
    January 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Where's the mind mapping in this? Ans: There is none.

    • nm
      January 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      There is a key element that is also found in mind mapping - planning and connecting thoughts and ideas. Mindmapping is all about starting a train of thought isn't it? I definitely see a similarity.

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