My personal work experiences are many and varied. Along the way to a career of swapping careers I picked up a few skills in one job category which seem to help out in other job categories, though not related.
Many years ago I worked in an engineering company. Everyone carried spiral bound notebooks, took detailed notes, and worked out problems on a large white board in a meeting room. That’s probably where I learned to think.
How? With a white board. My office still has one wall dedicated to a white board, and it gets used, but more often than not I’m busy working on a procedure or flow chart using my Mac. I have half a dozen diagram apps of varying feature sets.
Among the better and less expensive apps is Diagrammix. Don’t think of it as a diagramming too, but that’s what it is. It’s also much more yet mostly self explanatory.
Basic tools and options align the Toolbar on top. Shapes align the left sidebar. After that, it’s pretty much drag and drop.
Drag shapes onto the screen. Create lines and arrows to connect shapes in a step-by-step procedure, a flow chart, even an organization chart. Connecting elements is almost automatic. Text is autosized and aligned. Shapes can be resized and the colors changed. The whole mess can be scaled, exported to be dropped into other apps, or saved as a file or printed.
The advantage to using Diagrammix is that it has the right balance of features, power, and ease-of-use. What good is a diagramming app if it’s too complex to figure out? That’s not Diagrammix.
In the end, what you get is a better way to think because procedures can be laid out visually, step-by-step, so everywhere gets a crystal clear picture of what happens, when, and where. That improves communication, reduces procedural errors, and ensures a little more thought goes into a project.
I learned to think in steps by using a white board years ago. Today I carry my white board with me and don’t have to worry about markers that run dry, or eraser dust mucking up pants and shirt.