Recently, Walter Terry posted an interesting comment on the No-Entry icon. What started the dialogue was my commending Mike Wilkerson of Nodeglue for pointing out how much it can speed up Dashboard creation in ResultsManager if you put a No-Entry icon on the Resources section of the Gyronix Project template. While its an excellent idea and I've used it to great effect, Walter asked the question that got me off my duff and blogging right now: What if you've got key recurring tasks placed in the Resources section of a MindManager map? What then?
My answer is hey, if your business is Relationships (and for that matter whose isn't?) to the point where Relationships themselves can function as Resources for project and client initiatives, than why not have tasks contained in Resources? Now, having said that, I would recommend that the tasks in Resources are highly relationship focused and really exist to support projects contained on the left-hand side of the map. Otherwise, you'll defeat the purpose of the Resources section to begin with: A place to keep a visual view of ONLY what SUPPORTS bringing your project in on-time and under-budget. You see, when many people map they mix their Resources and Project Plan together, which can be hell if you're trying to find JUST the support materials or JUST the tasks themselves.
I think the key here is to keep in mind your setup: Make sure if you've got tasks in Resources you don't have a No-Entry icon on the Resources topic and if you don't have tasks in there Dashboard creation will be faster with the No-Entry icon.
Lastly, be selective about putting a task in Resources:
It only goes in there if it SUPPORTS the Project(s) on the left-hand side of the map AND should naturally be kept with a portion of Resources.
Any thoughts on this are welcome as the topic has my head swirling a bit.