# Apollia's Self-Help Vuemaps
by Apollia - [https://apollia.com/](https://apollia.com/)
00:31:30 07/12/2018. These concept maps can be viewed and edited in [VUE: Visual Understanding Environment](https://apollia.org/gitlist/VUE---Modified-by-Apollia.git).
<br>I often find writing about things to be very helpful in thinking through problems and brainstorming solutions.
A lot of the time I just journal, but I often find it quite useful to jot down notes in a more structured format, such as a concept map.
I usually just made (or make) up my own rules for my concept maps' design and structure - and even that has usually been quite helpful. But, I long wondered if a more formal approach might be helpful, and where I could learn more about such approaches.
<br>Happily, sometime back in 2017, reading things related to the brilliant [Eliyahu Goldratt](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliyahu_M._Goldratt) and the [Theory of Constraints](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_Constraints) led me to a great book called [The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving](https://www.amazon.com/Logical-Thinking-Process-Systems-Approach/dp/0873897234/ref=dp_ob_title_bk?dpID=51SurrmyYbL), which contains tons of details on formal processes for building various kinds of maps - exactly the sort of thing I had been hoping to find!
So far, due to being busy with other things, I actually still haven't ever made a complete set of LTP (Logical Thinking Process) maps, and I don't think I ever yet strictly followed the rules.
But, I think my mapmaking was improved by reading that book. And I still want to try following the formal LTP process more strictly someday.
My [VUE-Related Bash Scripts](https://apollia.org/gitlist/VUE-Related-Bash-Scripts.git) repo contains stuff to make it easy to create a new set of five LTP (Logical Thinking Process) maps using templates.
## My self-help concept maps
Only 2 are here so far, since I keep most of my maps private.
**Warning**: I'm fond of the color blue, so I actually put in a fair amount of blue, despite the [circadian issues that blue light](http://non24.com/blog/petitions/petition-allow-f-lux-on-ios-5.shtml#post5) is reputed to contribute to.
Also, I made these while using the screen-tinting software [Redshift](http://non24.com/blog/software/redshift-a-wonderful-alternative-to-the-f-lux-screen-tinting-software-7.shtml#blogtoc), so, the colors might not be as nice to look at without [Redshift](http://non24.com/blog/software/redshift-a-wonderful-alternative-to-the-f-lux-screen-tinting-software-7.shtml#blogtoc).
<br>* Apollia-Goals.vue - Original release's timestamp: Wed Nov 08 08:07:32 EST 2017.
About my overall goals in life, written about in a general way, without even naming most of my specific projects, such as [my Puppy Linux Setup Kit](https://apollia.org/gitlist/Puppy-Linux-Setup-Kit--Legacy-Versions.git/) and [Astroblahhh Desktop](https://apollia.org/gitlist/Astroblahhh-Desktop.git/).
PNG image: [http://astroblahhh.com/images/blog/2017/Apollia-Goals.png](http://astroblahhh.com/images/blog/2017/Apollia-Goals.png)
<br>JPG image: [http://astroblahhh.com/images/blog/2017/Apollia-Goals.jpg](http://astroblahhh.com/images/blog/2017/Apollia-Goals.jpg)
<br>Originally released in this blog post:
<br>Quotes from that blog post, with omissions indicated by "[...]":
**Nov. 7, 2017, 12:35 PM EST**. [...] yesterday and today, using VUE, I worked on a map that was originally intended to be an Intermediate Objectives map. But, I chose such a large "system" to depict - my overall goals in life - that I ended up not really following a lot of the map-making rules.
So, my result looks like a bit like a deranged game of [cat's cradle](https://www.google.com/search?q=cat%27s+cradle+string&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiDz-nW-azXAhWHz4MKHd_KAIcQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1143&bih=633) played by at least one invisible octopus. :-)
But, nonetheless, I'm very happy with it. :-) Maybe I'll add a bit more to it, then at some point maybe even share it with the world.
<br>I already feel less lost and confused, now that I have that big tangle in a concept map instead of (mainly) my mind, and also fragments in many assorted other maps, none of which are such a comprehensive yet fairly succinct overview as this one.
It's just too much stuff to hold in one's head all at once (even despite the practice I get as a programmer)... but it's all important to me. No wonder I've had so much trouble deciding what to do and getting more than a few things done really well.
Looking forward to making more maps with different purposes and levels of detail, once I decide what to work on, which I think might be much easier to do now.
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<br>* Apollia-Food-Goals.vue - Original release's timestamp: Sun Dec 03 11:06:20 EST 2017.
I made this to try to figure out how to deal with my struggles with [fatigue](http://non24.com/blog/nutrition/blackstrap-molasses-iron-and-ferritin-deficiency-menstrual-health-and-a-yummy-de-11.shtml#blogtoc) and getting enough to eat.
JPG image of the original version: [http://astroblahhh.com/images/blog/2017/Apollia-Food-Goals.jpg](http://astroblahhh.com/images/blog/2017/Apollia-Food-Goals.jpg)
<br>Originally released in this blog post:
<br>Quoted from that blog post, with omissions indicated by "[...]":
**Dec. 3, 2017, 12:05 PM EST**. [...]
Anyway, here's my food goals VUE map, with a pretty messy and informal design.
I started out by trying to make an "Intermediate Objectives" map, like in the book [The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving](https://www.amazon.com/Logical-Thinking-Process-Systems-Approach/dp/0873897234/ref=dp_ob_title_bk?dpID=51SurrmyYbL), but ended up breaking the rules again.
Didn't expect to spend so much time on it, and it got more complicated than I expected, but, hopefully it will serve to remind me of things I might otherwise easily forget about, despite their obviousness.
Would be nice if I could automate the layout somehow, since there are things that probably should be shown as connected to each other, but aren't, just because I didn't feel like rearranging the entire darn map just for that.
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