Now, think of what’s on your mind (including those files and folders that haven’t been put away). What do you see in your mind’s eye? Clutter, right?
As the day wears on we Mac users suffer through a duality of clutter. The Desktop. The brain. What we need is a digital home for the clutter on the Desktop and a place to put the clutter in our minds.
That’s the idea behind the app TheBrain for the Mac. It’s a free visual map app of notes, files, documents, and all the desktop clutter on your Mac. And keeping it in TheBrain means you don’t have to keep it in your brain.
Here’s what happens when you use TheBrain to sort out your Desktop files. First, it helps you to clear your mind of mental clutter.
Second, because it’s visual, you can link items associatively, and make better sense of context.
TheBrain finds files on your Mac and helps you tie them together visually. That means clearer thinking, and a quick reduction in information that you keep but isn’t really relevant.
You start TheBrain by creating your digital brain on the Mac’s screen. Setup goals, personal or business. Then drop in and link all the relevant data (files, folders, etc.) into TheBrain and associate them with your objectives.
Because TheBrain attaches itself to your Mac’s files and apps, it can be used as a launcher. You start TheBrain by creating a new brain. Then, you drag and attach key thoughts, objectives, projects, tasks, to TheBrain.
You don’t even have to save what you’re doing to TheBrain because that’s handled automatically. Simply associate files, folders, documents, projects, tasks— whatever, to TheBrain.
And, you can have more than one brain. It’s the perfect app for those of us with multiple personalities, or more tasks than we have time.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But no picture shows how the human brain works, so it’s necessary to use a video to describe how TheBrain works.
TheBrain requires an element of discipline to get used to, but it’s effective at eliminating unproductive clutter. The app is free and runs on both Mac and Windows PCs, but definitely needs an iPhone and iPad version. My Mac isn’t always with me when I’m thinking.