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Jul 12 2012
In June I had the pleasure of speaking at the NYT Small Business Summit on a topic that I don’t normally speak on – productivity.
The panel discussion shared tips on how small business owners (or anyone for that matter) can stay productive. My presentation focused on simple math. If you can save just 5 Minutes a Day it adds up to 30 hours a year. If you can learn one new habit, tool or technology that can save you those 5 minutes a day, you could reclaim 21,900 minutes a year.
The key is investing in your training. We often get so busy “doing stuff” that we forget to invest time/money/energy in improving our skills, which can actually get us bigger returns over time.
I remember my first job after college I was a financial analyst (yes, I’ve come a long way). I spent about a half day early on learning shortcuts for excel that saved me tens if not hundreds of hours in my first 5 years…. But it took that initial investment.
Think like a Ninja. Ninjas spend most of their time training (probably years) and relatively little time Ninjaing. They work and work and work to perfect their execution before starting Ninjaing, and even once they are Ninjas, they continue to train regularly.
Isn’t it worth it to spend some time upfront learning ways to be more efficient when you get a payout for the rest of your career?
So what kind of tools can help you get these 5 minutes back? Here are some of the ones that I use:
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