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Why I spent 1 hour to save 2 mins

By Britt Malka / March 19, 2014

Hi there 🙂

Would you spend one hour to save two minutes of work?

It doesn’t sound very wise, but nevertheless, that’s what I did yesterday.

I had a tiny task ahead of me – one that would take me max 2 minutes, and yet, I spend one hour looking for the right tool to save that time.

Why?

It wasn’t some new way to procrastinate.

But I knew that I would have to perform that task again – many times.

So I only need to do it 30 times, and my “wasted” hour would have paid itself back again.

If you’re curious about what it was, then I’ll tell you.

It’s a bit technical, but I wanted to make such a bulleted list with several phrases next to each bullet point.

Like this:

  • First sentence.
  • Second sentence. A bit longer.
  • Third sentence, and I guess you know what I mean by now.

I wanted to be able to make those lists the easy way, just by writing like this:

* First sentence.
* Second sentence. A bit longer.
* Third sentence, and I guess you know what I mean by now.

And that is possible. It’s called “markdown” and it’s a way to write normal text and transform it into HTML which is used in some emails and on homepages.

I had a program that could do that, and I’ve also had a script that was added to a text editor, but neither of these worked with the latest version of my computer’s operating system.

After I gave up making those two work, I found a new program that worked. It cost around $11 – but well worth it for me, because it will save me a lot of time.

I think that’s the way to gain more time to get more things done. To automate everything possible.

Even if it takes much longer the first time.

See you soon,
Britt Malka

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