Prepper Blind Spots And Mind Mapping
What are they and how do they affect you?
American Preppers Online takes a look at what they call “Prepper Blind Spots”. Put simply these are prepping things or areas you may have overlooked. Here’s their definition:
“Blind Spots are the things we just don’t see, usually because we deem them as trivial, or unimportant, in our daily lives. It is kind of like the light in your refrigerator. While we never really think about it in our daily lives, let it go out and it becomes a glaring inconvenience. Will the world stop because it went out? No, but when added to other blind spots, it can make your life harder. The last thing you are going to want in an SHTF world is more headaches caused from overlooking something simple.”
They go on to list small things like shoelaces, spare parts for machines and up to tools for wood finishing and grinding wheat. I posted about replacement and spare parts for preppers earlier.
OK, so now that you’re alerted to possible holes or “blind spots” in your prepping plans, is there a tool to ensure I’m finding and plugging all my blind spots? Yes, there is! It’s called “Mind Mapping”. Great. What’s that? Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:
“A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.”
They even give you a colour coded example using a whiteboard. One look at that image should be an eye-opener for you. Here’s what you do.
Get a whiteboard and some coloured dry wipe markers. Using a black marker, put a square or circle in the middle label it “prepping”. Then, using a red marker, draw a line upwards away from the prepping block, make another block and label it “Fire”. Draws lines off of this and label them as fero rod, magnesium rod, tinder, waterproof matches, etc. Then, using a blue maker, draw a line upwards away from the “prepping”block and make a block and label it “Water”. From there draw lines called “sources”, containers, purification tablets, water filters, etc. Continue on using different colours for different prepping needs; brown for food; green for first aid, etc. You get the idea.
Using a whiteboard and mind mapping, gets all your ideas and plans out of your head and onto a board where you can visually look for holes! You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been overlooking. Does it work! Oh, yeah, big time! Let me tell you a short story.
I was in business, we were expanding and were setting up a warehouse. I used mind mapping to plan it all out. Pallets, pallet jack and labels – check. Inventory software, customer labels and floor markings, etc – check. Safety check list, equipment, training, signage etc – check. And on and on – advertising, marketing plan, insurance – I filled the board and studied it over and over for holes. I had it all covered and was proud I’d covered all the bases and had a plan to implement it all. I sat back with a cup of coffee, patting myself on the back and then it hit me like a ton of bricks!
Our business up to that point was dealing with corporate clients using invoices and bank transfers. This expansion would require is to deal with the public using cash and card payments. I had no way to accept cash or card payments in my mind map. What’s the point of having a business if you can’t get paid! See the value of mind maps now?
I bet if you use mind maps in your prepping, you’ll find some holes too.
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