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Using Evernote & Mohiomap for gift mind mapping

February 13, 2014

Written by

Jun Huh, Chief Technology Officer

Valentine’s Day is here and gift shopping in general shifts back into focus for many of us. Often this can turn out to be quite a challenge. You may want to keep track of decisions to buy gifts for family, friends and relatives. This can be tricky to arrange and keep track of, if you have a big family or a large circle of friends that you need to take into consideration.

Valentine’s Day is here and gift shopping in general shifts back into focus for many of us. Often this can turn out to be quite a challenge. You may want to keep track of decisions to buy gifts for family, friends and relatives. This can be tricky to arrange and keep track of, if you have a big family or a large circle of friends that you need to take into consideration.

So let’s turn it into a fun activity instead, shall we? By using a simple tagging system in Evernote combined with Mohiomap, you can avoid shopping stress and organize your gift shopping in a simple yet efficient manner.

Why not keep track of all the gifts you ever bought and are planning to buy: be it for this Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day (or any personal special occasion). As it is with many other ideas, those enlightening gift epiphanies will pop in your mind throughout the year, perfect so you can put them right in your Evernote.

In the example below, we collect gift ideas for Valentine’s Day and for close family.  So let’s go ahead and tackle this the smart way.

We planned ahead and created a notebook at the beginning of the year as part of our New Year’s Resolution to be more organized. We named a notebook “Gifts” and use a tagging system to organize it. Let’s keep this as simple and as much fun as possible.

Assign Name Tags:

Use simple tags for your loved one or your family (Valentine, Mom, Dad).

Then browse the web and simply tag items you think would suit that person with the Evernote Webclipper in the “Gift” Notebook.

Use Event Tags:

For events create a corresponding tag, showing you for which one you still need something to buy. Once purchased, simply add a status tag, such as  ”[done]“.

The main event in the example below is Valentine’s Day, but you could easily add other events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Easter.

Simply by using those few tags, you can get a good understanding about the most relevant tags, overlapping concepts, and other interesting relationships and clusters.

Additional Tags

If you like to tag, you can add even more dimensions to your gift shopping in Mohiomap. Consider for example price tags to indicate the price range for an item or mood tags such as “funny”, “thoughtful” or “romantic”.

The beauty about tagging is that you are not restricted in any way and free to use your own favorite tagging system that works best for you. By using a “status” tag such as “[done]” you can work your way through the people and events. As you can see, using Evernote tags and Mohiomap make up a strong team.

Hopefully you find this system useful and of course we’d love to hear how you apply tagging in combination with Mohiomap!

About the author

Jun Huh, Chief Technology Officer

Jun leads our continually growing software engineering team and has many years of experience with the development of visualization software, in both commercial and in research enviroments.

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