Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business. Every week, we sort through all the boring stuff to bring you only the best tips from the wide world of the web. For this week’s #2tips4tues, we look at a few things you can do with your hands that are still useful in the digital age.
FILTER YOUR THOUGHTS
One thing we can’t and shouldn’t outsource is our own critical thinking. Entrepreneur Damon Brown discusses in Inc.com how his regular handwriting process allows him to sift through his thoughts to locate the core of his ideas. “We go through a filtering process when we write things down. If you’re like me, you can type much faster than you can write — and the additional time and energy required to move your pen means you are more thoughtful in what you capture on the page. It’s not limited to words, either: Doing a quick sketch or diagram can sometimes be the key to focusing your thoughts and expressing hard-to-articulate ideas.”
GO OVER YOUR NOTES
Beyond a personal journal, experiment with taking the analog approach in ways that work for you. It has been regularly reported how note-taking in academic and business environments can improve retention. So treat your notes as the highly valuable resource they are by revisiting them regularly. Make a recurring meeting on your calendar for 10 minutes every week. As Kate Stull writes in The Muse, “When you go over your notes, write down any questions you have or any open issues that still need to be resolved. This is also a good time to prepare for any upcoming meetings you have. Write down questions you want to make sure get answered or any important information you think you’ll need to have on-hand.”