How Using Data Changed My Personal Life

Data-driven decision making is not just important in business, but in personal life as well. It wasn't until a recent mentor session that I realised I wasn't using data to make decisions in my personal life. In other words, I was a hypocrite. My start-up was formed around giving all businesses access to data to improve their processes, yet I wasn’t using data myself.

Over the past six months, I've been working harder than ever on my start-up, and as a result, I found myself losing touch with friends and family. It was a friend and mentor who suggested I try using a personal network manager, which is essentially a CRM for personal relationships. This tool allowed me to analyse data and gain insights into why I was losing meaningful connections and more importantly how I could reconnect with my loved ones, even with the limited amount of time available in my schedule.

Using the personal network manager, I was able to see the impact of my daily habits on my relationships. On a given week my daily habits were meant that I was ‘losing touch’ with a number of my relationships. Not ideal right? It became clear that I needed to be more proactive in reaching out to certain people in my life. The tool even helped me schedule time to connect with these relationships by sending me reminders.

Visualised data as a graph depicting the development of personal relationships over time

If you're looking for a personal networking tool, some of the best options include Nat and Covve. While using data-driven processes in your personal life may not solve all your problems, it can certainly help. I challenge you to consider how you could use data to improve one specific aspect of your personal life.

Data has had a profound effect on our society. It has brought people closer and helped them to understand each other better, and for myself I experienced this first hand.

In conclusion, data-driven decision making is not limited to business, but can also be applied to personal life. Now I’m not saying that using data driven processes in your personal life will fix your all problems, but for me it fixed some. By incorporating data-driven decision making into your personal life, you can lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Whether you’re a data enthusiast, entrepreneur, or anything in between, feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIN and let me know how you got on.

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