Things I like:
- I can tie to-do lists with short-term and long-term goals.
- Ideas can be linked by relationships, not as a strict hierarchy like some mind maps. For example, I can have low level tasks linked to several high level goals.
- Lots of flexibility in how I want to structure the map. So I can use it for my research projects, for classes, for goals, for home life, etc.
- I can tag concepts, label concepts, attached documents, add notes, set due dates, and run reports.
- This may give me the ability to tie research projects to specific attached articles, along with article authors, and see the relationships between authors, articles, and my research.
- I could also use it to map concepts used in classes to help ensure a proper hierarchy of knowledge is followed.
Things that may be a problem
- If I use this for personal productivity, I need a way to quickly develop to-do lists and tie them to goals. While the website claims this can be done, it is not intuitively obvious to me how to set that up. If I can't figure that out, this software will be largely useless.
- Lack of portability. I want the program on my cell phone so that I can add things as soon as I think of them, where ever I am. This may require some alternative system that I can use to capture thoughts, which I later add to the Brain.
- Calendar does not sync with Google calendar.
- The time it will take to enter all my thoughts into the theBrain may be a bit much. I hate spending hours and hours entering information if I do not get any value out of it, or if the value gained is not worth the effort.