In the world of personal development and mindset mastery they have a phrase that adequately describes the problem facing small-business owners today. They say that whenever you are not able to focus your mind clearly because you have so much to think about and so much else “going on,” that you have a “monkey mind.” The monkey jumps from tree to tree in the wild seemingly without any purpose or objective and this is what happens to the entrepreneur’s mind when they have so many projects to think about and so many details to be concerned with.
While there may be specific exercises in the world of mindset mastery, in practical terms the small-business owner needs to be on the lookout for tools and resources to bring everything together – and quickly. There’s nothing worse than a scatterbrained approach to project development and this is almost certain to lead to errors and omissions, to say nothing of increasing the stress level to unbearable levels.
Of course, one of the best ways to take a lot of the strain away is to employ the services of a virtual assistant team. Many repetitive administrative tasks can be outsourced, saving a great deal of time on each given day. As we explore new and exciting ways to cement a relationship with a virtual assistant team occasionally some excellent service solutions appear, to make things even easier. Evernote is a case in point. This is a relatively new solution, allowing you to take notes instantly wherever you may be and with relative ease manage a great deal of information for forward planning purposes.
Evernote is essentially a virtual notebook. Yet it is not a “one size fits all” solution, either. You can set it up and tailor its functionality to best meet individual requirements. In short, whenever you capture some information it’s automatically processed, indexed and is available for search purposes.
We are not always sitting at a desk when we come up with some brilliant ideas in relation to a project that we may be working on. As our mind works in mysterious ways it’s often the case that we will suddenly visualise a solution to the problem, even though we had not been focusing on it at that point in time. In other words, our mind has been working away in the background to come up with a solution and suddenly delivers it to us. With Evernote we will be able to commit the solution to file, not relying on the efficiency of our short-term memory to retain all the detail. By using whatever one of our mobile devices is nearest to hand we can quickly and easily pull up the relevant notebook and dictate or key in the detail of the “brainwave.” The system can be configured to communicate important breakthroughs and messages such as this to members of the virtual team, potentially saving a lot of time and delay. We are rarely very far away from a mobile device of some kind, so if we are on the road, in-flight or otherwise engaged we are still operating at maximum efficiency.