I spend hours learning on online platforms like YouTube and Udemy. This is mostly because online is the only place to get the real-time, bleeding edge information that you need to stay current in the world of tech and entrepreneurship.
So assuming, like me, online videos are a major source for your information -- here’s a simple and somewhat obvious trick to increase your productivity by 20%, 33% or even 50%.
Think about the time saved by increasing the playback speed. If you spend 10 hours learning from YouTube videos, and you increase the playback to 1.25 X you save 2 hours. That’s crazy!
I usually can run videos at 1.25 X and have no problem processing or retaining the information. It does get a bit more tricky at 1.5 X, so I usually only do that when I watching something again for some reason. If you can absorb info at a 2X play back speed, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be an all-knowing oracle living in a remote mountain compound somewhere charging $1000 an hour for your gems of knowledge – assuming there’s wifi way up there.
It may seem obvious, but I still often forget to do it. If you don’t do it – start now! If you do, take this as just a friendly reminder.