Most people know that technology can make life easier by processing information more efficiently and connecting people faster than ever before. What many leaders and people do not realize is that technology can also help us make better decisions. One resource that enhances people’s decision-making ability is the cloud-based productivity app, Evernote. It is an amazing tool for students, leaders and business professionals everywhere. While there are a variety of ways a person might use the tool, it is great for sharpening your decision-making ability.
1. Collect thoughts and resources. If you are anything like me, you are constantly browsing the Web, reading articles or blog posts about things that interest you. With all of this information at our disposal, it is easy to read a post and then forget about it 15 minutes later after we move on to the next article. Evernote provides you with an opportunity to hold on to the thoughts or resources that could help you make a better decision. For instance, if you are an entrepreneur who runs across a blog post about effectively managing the finances of a start-up, that’s something you might want to remember later. Evernote gives you the chance to save a Web page, article, link, or thought with the click of a button.
2. Organize similar thoughts and ideas. Not only can you capture thoughts and ideas with Evernote, but you can also organize those thoughts into specific categories. For instance, you can categorize anything from “Life Lessons” to “World Events” whatever way you find most convenient. All leaders should know that having resources organized makes it easy for you to find the information that will help you make a better decision. You can also add keywords for future searches so that you can recall information quickly from your saved notes in Evernote.
3. Record decisions over time. You can use Evernote to collect thoughts and resources for other people, and use it to record your own choices over time. Sometimes when we’re in the moment of making a decision, it is difficult to recall past experiences that might help guide the decision-making process we’re currently facing. Evernote functions as a journal to record past decisions—including what you were thinking and what happened as a result of your choice—referring to these facts will help guide you along. Take some time to reflect on past experiences and make a better decision now.
No matter what stage of the journey you are facing as a leader, technology can provide some truly unique ways to make you more effective. Do not miss out on the opportunities that can help you grow and mature as a leader. Whether you are already using Evernote or have never heard of the tool before, I trust this post will provide you with enough insights on how to use this app to become a better leader, student, employee, or entrepreneur.
Are you using Evernote? If so, how are you using it? What are some other apps that people could use to become better leaders and decision makers?