Thanks for the replies...
But in your years of woodworking, are there little things that have been successful in increasing your efficiency?
Off the cuff thoughts in no particular order :
a) Having the material or hardware on hand and not having to make a special trip. For my location this means a 1 hr + interruption.
b) Having the correct tool for an operation. For example if I need to clamp a 15in board and only have 12in clamps, then I have to do a lot of workarounds. I end up buying longer clamps.
c) Being able to use the table saw for cutting. I have 36in capacity to the right of the fence, but if I have to cut sheet goods wider, then I have to resort to circular saw and straight edge. I have these but it takes more time.
d) Building a router table with Incra fence and router lift. Another example of b). I am able to get the precision I need first time. I am also able to replicate the cut if I end up messing up the piece later.
e) Purchasing a Flatmaster drum sander. I make a lot of boards and so flattening the board assembly takes me a lot of time. This tool made it easier. Another example of b).
f) Storage and organization of tools. Knowing what tool is where, and having easy access can save a lot of time. I have added tool chests over time.
g) Having a clear workspace. Big challenge for me. Too easy for clutter to build up. I have two main areas for gluing or sanding. One is my Flatmaster after I put on a UHMW full cover, and the other is a 24 x 26 in table. I manage to keep these available for assembling or sanding. I have a separate table in another room for finishing.
h) Making any new tool or storage rack mobile. I am constrained in space, and needed to be able to store 8ft+ long board along a wall, but the rack has air compressor on one end and other stuff on the other end. I made this mobile so I can easily pull out and access the long boards.
i) Thinking through tasks and operations, so I know what should be next and why. This is the "black art" of wood working. Takes time and experience.
j) Clamps. Cannot have too many clamps. I do a lot of my work alone and clamps become my extra pairs of hands for many operations. Could restate this one as having an assistant can frequently save a great deal of time.
I think enough brain dump for the moment.