Well it saved it for now. I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, however, I am the most hard working tool in the shed. With that said, Evernote, is really a helpful tool. A little background first, at my job, I work with a lot of brilliant individuals, so brilliant, I think they forget they are talking Aramaic to me. When they try to explain things to me, at their intelligence level and experience, sometimes it feels like the 1 Ceres asteroid smashing into my weak feeble body. So much technical lingo, so many variables, scenarios, and systems that interact with one another. In my line of business, I am fairly new to it. I work with remote monitoring, dealing with remote devices receiving and sending packets of data to and from satellites. All this is new to me. Very interesting stuff, yet hard to comprehend. For the past few months, I have been using Evernote to help close my understanding gap. Normally, when things are trying to be explained to me, it takes me a bit of time to process it. I have to sit down, and really think about what is being said. But in this industry, there is no time. Having to deal with scrums on a consistent basis, explaining where we are, what road blocks we encountered (if any), and what we will be working on next, and trying to process what your colleagues are going through is just so much information for one to process.
My memory sucks, it really does. I barely can remember where I put my car keys, nevertheless how our systems interact. I am currently reading a book that I am hoping will help with my memory, “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” by Joshua Foer. Till I find out new techniques to increase my ability to remember things, I have been using Evernote on my Windows Phone. The one feature I use religiously is the audio recording feature. Every meeting that I attend, I record it. Every bit of detail of that discussion is archived for my use. Typically after meetings, I sit down and listen to what was discussed. This helps further to my comprehension of the topic our meeting was about. As well, it removes all doubt I would have if I didn’t do so. “Now what satellite were we supposed to receive packets from again?…”, “Was that a GSM unit or a Satellite unit?…”. That doubt and confusion is now removed from my mind. Just this past weekend, I was processing some meetings we had about this newer project I am supposed to work on. Man o’ man, what a relief to have this information by my side. Come Monday, I knew the right questions to ask, and my path to the project was made clearer. I highly recommend you use Evernote, or some form of data capture app. It will help you rest easier at night and have concrete info for what is to come with your current task.
Evernote for Windows Phone: https://evernote.com/evernote/guide/windows_phone/
The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory
An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.