Mindmeister review – 7+ years of hands on experience


MindMeister has been my go-to mind mapping tool for quite some time – in fact it’s one of the longest lasting productivity tools in my lineup.

When I’ve got something that needs a “brain dump” so I can work with the results or share online, MindMeister is where I go.


Well, it’s incredibly easy to use – you can seriously be up and running in about 1 minute.

What that doesn’t mean is that it is overly simple or not flexible…there’s a lot of power hiding under the surface. Check out the video for more details:

Mindmeister pros

There’s a lot to like – MindMeister has stayed focused on mind mapping and it shows. Like I mentioned earlier you can get started very quickly and there’s really only a few keyboard shortcuts to remember:

Control, Tab, and Enter.

With those 3 down you can do just about everything you need – the rest is not needed for just getting ideas down in a hierarchy.

But when you want to style things, add videos, links, links to other mind maps, share with team members, share with the public, and present – MindMeister has you covered.

mindmeister cons

One of the downsides is also part of the upside – you can get started for free, with an account limited to 3 mind maps but it’s free forever. However, you cannot export if you’re using the free plan. Cue sad horn…

I don’t think this is a big deal as they’re providing a lot of value for the free tier and you’re still able to share your maps with the free plan.

mindmeister pricing

As I mentioned, there’s a free tier with some limits, and from there the pricing starts a just a few dollars per month for the personal plan.

If you’re going to grab a paid plan, you can save 10% by using my referral code: Adam-Mindmap

Going beyond the personal plans, they have business and enterprise accounts that scale based on the number of users. Find out more here.


Overall, I really enjoy using Mindmeister and find myself keeping it in my lineup year after year.

It’s easy to use, fun, and looks good – for me, all the bells and whistles are just that, bells and whistles. I’m sure others use it for presentations and more, but I like the base functionality and find it valuable enough to have paid for the service for years.

Give it a shot – I think you’ll like it too.

To get started, you can visit MindMeister, or check out an example of a shared mind map here.

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Adam Moody

I'm Adam Moody with the Productivity Academy. Get your productivity, time management, automation, and organization questions answered here. Be sure to check out the Productivity Academy YouTube Channel and the Real World Productivity Group.

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