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Sharpening the Saw When You Have No Time

Staying up to speed can be hard, especially if you have kids or other heavy demands on your time and attention. To make up for that I like to listen to audio books / podcasts when my hands are busy but my mind isn't.

Here are a few podcasts to get you started:

If you prefer something a little longer I highly suggest heading over to audible.com and creating an account. Audio books are especially useful if you do a lot of driving, and my children have listened to a LOT of business books as we traveled cross country to and from Grandma's house. I'm not sure how much good it's done them, but worst case scenario it helped them to go to sleep and stop annoying each other.

Another favorite technique of mine is to replace TV viewing with something a little more substantial. I used to (and sometimes still do) watch Netflix as I drifted off to sleep, or on the rare occasions when I mustered up the gumption to hop on the elliptical trainer. Instead of something mindless, try a conference video or a Ted talk for a change of pace.

Finally, you should always have at least one book with you. At some point each month I find myself stuck waiting for someone or something with nothing else to do.  Books fill that time nicely.

However you do it, try and find a little bit of time to learn and grow every day. Five minutes here and there add up a lot faster than you think!

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