Any student or colleague who has worked with me, will likely have noted my devotion to mind mapping as a tool for thinking and communicating. Brett Terpstra recently blogs about his work flow for capturing and manipulating information. This is likely a tad too geeky for those who do not blog or code for a living, but we all think for a living, learning how to massage our ideas is a skill for the modern man (or woman).
If ideas are precious to you, read his blog.
To illustrate his point, on online mind map hosted on Mindmeister illustrates why he believes in mind mapping: See it here