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Why do things quicker

Lesson 2 from: Make More Time in Your Day: Become a Speed Demon

Jonathan Levi

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2. Why do things quicker

Lessons

Class Trailer

Chapter 1: Introductions & Foundations

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Class Introduction: Structure & how to succeed

03:57
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Why do things quicker

05:14
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Where most people spend (or waste) their time

04:48
4

Quiz: Chapter 1

Chapter 2:General Principles & Theories For Hacking Productivity

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The power of preparation

03:11
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Having clear priorities & goals - and making them "SMART"

07:38
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Organizing priorities with the Priority Star Exercise

09:19
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Setting deadlines & and making them real

04:18
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The Pareto Principle - our secret to being effective

03:57
10

The "Bad" kind of multitasking, avoiding distractions, and meditation

07:43
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Batching similar tasks

03:48
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The "Good" kind of multitasking & the wheel of life

04:26
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Planning for structured rest periods

05:57
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Using small chunks of wasted time effectively

04:16
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Quiz - Chapter 2

Chapter 3: Speeding Up & Automating Computer Work

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Just how much time are you wasting on your computer?

06:44
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Automating meeting scheduling

04:56
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Text expansion - stop typing the same things over and over

04:24
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Speaking is faster than typing - and clicking

05:33
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Using custom gestures to speed up common tasks

03:43
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Launchers - act without doing

06:02
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Wasting less time reading and sorting through email

03:41
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Automating simple, repetitive tasks effectively across the web

05:03
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Watching lectures, videos, and podcasts faster

04:48
25

Quiz: Chapter 3

Chapter 4:Speeding Up Health & Fitness

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Getting fit in fewer hours

04:10
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Spend less time cooking

04:02
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Sleeping less and feeling better

06:00
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Quiz - Chapter 4

Chapter 5: Automating Your Finances

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Monitoring your finances automatically

04:30
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Paying bills automatically

05:29
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Quiz - Chapter 5

Chapter 6: Delegation, Communication, & Saying No

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Some things just aren_t worth your time

11:21
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Thoughts & tips on "outsourcing"

06:18
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Speeding up decisions

09:14
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Speeding up communication

05:12
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Splitting Time Into “Maker” and “Manager” Days

05:06
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Quiz - Chapter 6

Chapter 7: Conclusion

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What we've learned, conclusion, and congratulations

02:51

Final Quiz

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Final Quiz

Lesson Info

Why do things quicker

there are a couple of key principles adult learners need to commit to and understand before we can really effectively learn anything among those. It's really important that we understand why we are learning a given skill or subject beyond that we need to actually understand the practical application of our knowledge. That is to say we need to envision how we're actually going to use that knowledge. This simple fact is the reason that you probably don't remember trigonometry anymore. These are just two of the seven principles required for adult learning, but you can leave the other four to me for now and be safe in the knowledge that I've built these strategies into each and every one of my courses in order to ensure that you get the most out of them possible. In any case these two factors are important enough to justify starting our course out with a little bit of a homework assignment. Don't worry, it's not too bothersome or too time consuming. Print out the progress and goals workshe...

et we have created for you on the first page, I want you to write out at least three reasons why you want to become more efficient, productive or quicker. Get specific though, don't write something really elusive. Like I want to have more time instead. Maybe write something like I want to have an extra three hours a week so that I can read to my kids so that they'll be ready to start first grade this fall or I want to have an extra two hours a week to do yoga so that I can fix my knee pain and stress issues. Get really specific and explain why you want to save time, then go ahead and complete the rest of pages one and two of the worksheet, taking as much time as you need once you're done, pin the worksheet up in your work area where you can see it clearly and add to it for each new section of the course. Before you start doing that though, let me give you a little guidance on this from someone who is obsessed with efficiency and productivity. I don't improve my productivity or find life hacks because I want extra time to sit on my butt. I also don't necessarily do it so that I can do a superhuman workload either personally. I do it so that I can fill my life with other things that are meaningful and enjoyable and which can't or shouldn't be optimized or hacked for efficiency. Whether that's time with my loved ones playing sports, I enjoy or guilty pleasures, like watching movies. It's important that you don't have any illusions, productivity and efficiency are not the same thing if for example, you are very efficient at doing tasks that don't matter or move you towards your goals. Well, that's not very productive is it? That's why I want to warn you in advance, being more efficient does not necessarily mean that you are more productive if that's not your goal after all, we all get exhausted and there is a limit to how much you can reasonably do in a day. Remember that time is the most valuable and finite resource but time without attention is worthless. That's why you may decide to become more efficient so that you can maintain the same level of productivity you have now in half the time and hey, that's just fine. What I ask of you though is that you don't use these skills to work yourself to death, use them to make time for things that are meaningful and enjoyable in your life and hey, if that's working more great, I have no problems with that. But if it's not respect yourself enough to acknowledge that fact. Okay with the touchy feely part out of the way, the next mini assignment is to identify 3-5 areas where you feel that you could save time. This will help in setting a goal and focus area for you. But it's also something interesting for me to understand as I improve the course in the future, I've attached some supplemental materials to this lecture which will really help you out, make sure that you've also downloaded the pdf syllabus for this course and saved it somewhere handy as it's a great way to keep track of all the many, many articles that I'll be linking you to note that there's also a zip file of all the bookmarks which you can import into your browser for fast access to articles, software and other stuff that I'm going to recommend. Finally, don't forget to like the facebook page and join the facebook group for this course so that you can converse with others and share additional techniques and tactics, which I haven't covered. All right, get to work and join me in the next video once you're done with that progress and goals worksheet.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Course Syllabus
The Wheel of Life Worksheet
The Priority Star Worksheet