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Timesaving Tools of the Trade

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Being a solopreneur, the one thing i’m always short on is TIME.  So, anything that can help me shave a few minutes off of a task is a welcomed item.  And, over the past few years, I have gotten my day to day stuff down to a science, including events.  In fact, once the automakers come up with a vehicle that doesn’t require me to keep my eyes on the road, life will be PERFECT!

In the meantime, here is my arsenal of time-saving tools:

As bad as I hate to admit it, my smartphone has become a prominent part of my life.  I could do without a lot of things, but my phone isn’t one of them.  Since much of my time is spent on the road, my phone allows me to keep up with email, take pictures on the fly, and update my Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare streams.  On top of all that, it’s a phone!  LOL   I’m an avid Blackberry user and my current device is the Blackberry Torch.

I’m also a tablet user.  Though I have both a laptop and a netbook, I love the portability of the tablet.  I use it to access the internet, respond to emails, take pictures, etc.  Though there are many tablets on the market, I use the Blackberry Playbook, as it serves as an extension of my phone.

A few years ago, during a Super Bowl weekend red carpet, I had the great fortune of standing next to a reporter from People Magazine.  When celebrities came over to answer questions, I pulled out my notebook and pen, and he pulled out a voice recorder.  I struggled through my interviews that night.  And, during a lull, he quietly suggested that I get a voice recorder.  The next day, I did.  And it changed my life.  It’s voice activated, and that makes it handsfree.  I can record the entire interview and then come home and download the entire thing to my computer as a mp3 file.  Transcription is a breeze.  Also, it’s good to have a recording of the actual exchange, as I have learned that sometimes folks will misspeak and then say that they never actually said the thing that I said that they said. I use the Phillips Voice Tracer.

So, these are my timesavers.  What do you do in your professional life and what things can you not live without?

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2 Responses to “Timesaving Tools of the Trade”

  1. love this list! having JUST entered the solopreneur world, i am on the hunt for ways to streamline my day and to help me be as efficient as possible. i am all set when it comes to gadgets, but what i need is help in scheduling my days!! any tips?

  2. My iphone, my iPad, my trusty notebook & pan and a Filofax – old school meets tech.

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