The last issue of 5 Minute Clarity showed you how to get a higher Return on Focus. As a business owner or leader, your main work challenges may be found in discovering new processes or tools to increase your productivity for yourself or the people whom you lead. I want to encourage you with the following statement:
Recently I had two technology challenges that I wanted to solve. I initially thought that the 2 challenges required sourcing and purchasing new hardware and software. So I began the hunt for each item as follows:
After a few hours of research and a total price tag of about $100 plus taxes, I thought I was set. I was excited about the prospect of increasing my productivity and portability to get my most essential priorities completed.
The next morning, I reached into my desk drawer and there it was… a Bluetooth keyboard from my former HP iPAQ. I paused and considered that it could work with my new tablet. I installed a new battery in the keyboard, fired it up and had it working with my tablet in less than 2 minutes! That was $60 saved.
My next challenge is that I often download MP4 webinars and want to listen to the audio portion while driving, walking, etc. I looked on my computer and found audio editing software I owned. Guess what? It converts files just as I wanted. That was $70 invested 2 years ago in the software that has repaid me again!
The key message is that, most likely you already own or are within arms reach of what you need to succeed. The challenge is thinking about what you have. As a business owner or someone who’s looking to boost your productivity, you can get caught up in the trap of the new. This message also applies to the intangible item that you already own. For the business owner, this may be a trademark, product, system, or a testimonial from a happy client. For the individual, you already have bright points of experience, confidence and knowledge.
Try conducting a search on your computer file system using titles from the products you are looking for. Chances are you may already own an eBook, piece of software or other related tip to help you! This will be time well invested that can save you money while boosting your productivity a few notches.
Also, leave a comment below if you want to know what software I found and used to save me a bit of cash!
I am a grower of human capability and a business builder. The best part of my life is helping people become stronger and develop their skills, talents and character in order to lead powerful lives. I have had the great privilege to study under some of the greatest minds of business, leadership, health and fitness along with the most talented Martial Arts instructors. My passion is helping people to become even more powerful in life than they already are.
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