字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 - A great man once said that time is an illusion, lunchtime, doubly so, but despite the apparently elusory nature of these two things, time can certainly seem like something that's tangible and like something that is constantly slipping through our fingers, not least of which because of the fact that we tend to waste so much of it. Yes, it seems that most of us are perpetually rocked by at least a little bit of guilt over the amount of time we spend scrolling through Netflix, or browsing the dankest of memes, or just refreshing Instagram to see how many likes we got on that latest post in the last 30 seconds. Though, it also bears mentioning the amount of time we tend to waste on things that don't seem to produce as much guilt, things seem justified like taking on too many commitments, and having an overly busy schedule where we're stretched thin, stressed out, and producing low quality work as a result. As Francis Crick once said, a busy life is a waste of life. What I wanna do with this video is take a broad view of time management and give you five useful tips for managing your time more effectively whether you already know you're wasting it because you're a couch potato, or whether you, like me to be honest, have simply diluted yourself into thinking you're already managing it pretty well because of how busy you are. Let's get into it. (upbeat electronic music) The first tip that I've got for your guys today is to try using a time tracking tool. I recently did a video on apps that force you to work, which listed several different options in this category so I'm not gonna restate them all, but what I do wanna do here is give you a little bit of a deeper look at one that I'm gonna recommend you at least give a try and that is Toggle. Unlike automatic time trackers like Rescue Time that just log the time you spend in each app or program on your computer and then give you a report at the end of the week, Toggle is a manual time tracker which means you actually go into their dashboard and record the time you spend on each task throughout the day. The reason that I recommend at least giving this tool a try is that tracking your time manually makes you think harder about it and you start to realize more accurately how you spend your time on a daily basis and that let's you make changes going forward. Within Toggle's dashboard, you're gonna find two different modes, manual mode and timer mode. With manual mode, you can record the amount of time you spent on each task after the fact, but what I'm gonna recommend you use instead is timer mode. This is a real-time method where you hit a start and stop button so you can be timing your work as you actually do it. This has a couple of key benefits. First, it's more accurate since you are tracking time in real-time. You don't have to go back after the fact and try to remember how many hours and minutes you put into each task, and secondly, and more importantly, you'll be less likely to waste time or switch tasks because you'll subconsciously want your time log to accurately reflect what you actually did. Long-term manual time tracking like eating a bowl of nails in the morning is not for everyone. You might find that after you do it for a week or two, you kinda wanna move on and just not worry about it anymore and that's fine, but I do think that doing it for a week or two as an experiment is very useful because it gives you a more accurate picture of how you're using your time and it'll make you think a little bit more deliberately about how you're gonna use it in the future. (upbeat electronic music) Tip number two is to get clear on your priorities and to do this very deliberately, maybe even sit down and do it on a piece of paper or write it in your journal because when you aren't clear on your priorities and what they represent on your schedule, it can be very easy to take on too many commitments and to become that overly busy person. I think prioritizing can be a topic for a video all its own, but I do wanna give you a couple of questions that I ask myself whenever I'm trying to nail down what my personal priorities are and whether a new commitment is worth it. Number one, to ask a very in the details type of question. What does my schedule look like without this on it? Answering this means taking a hard look at my current list of commitments, my schedule, how much free time I have, and whether or not I'd be willing to give something up to take on this new commitment or not. In addition to that question, I also like to ask a more birds eye view question which is, when I'm on my death bed, will I regret not doing this? This is the question that actually got me to finally start taking singing lessons. This could be a question that would also be useful for getting over your fear to start doing things, but as a time management question, it can also be very useful because it helps you to prioritize things from a bird's eye view, from a life values perspective. If you wanna be really clear on your priorities and on your values and on what you're doing, it may also be useful to have a written record of what you're doing at the moment and to update it quite frequently. I actually do this. If you go over to my website, collegeinfogeek.com/now, you can see what I'm doing and what my priorities at least should be ideally. (upbeat electronic music) Tip number three is to learn how to batch your tasks effectively, and batching basically just means taking a bunch of your tasks, bundling them together, and knocking them all out in one session. When you do this, you free up lots of time for more intense projects later on, or if you're me, probably playing more Beat Saber, but more importantly, batching lets you take advantage of economies of scale. When you decide to do a bunch of tasks in one big batch, you eliminate a lot of the setup costs that you would have to deal with if you did them all individually. In terms of tasks that make good candidates for batching, I'm gonna go ahead and suggest number one, any and all errands. If it's a low energy task and you have to leave the house to do it, go ahead and take care of all those in one big batch in one afternoon. Number two, tasks that require a low mental energy and that are done at home so cleaning things up, organizing papers, fighting that ninja that's hiding in your closet, clearing out your email box, all that kind of stuff. Number three, any kind of small tasks that surround your main work. For an example here, every single time that I have to make a video, I need to create a project over in Notion with a sponsor tag and a publishing date, and I also have to create a research document in Evernote. These are little tasks that could be done individually when I start the project, or I could come up with 10 video topics in a row and do all of these things in one big batch. One little tidbit before we move on, if you're already using Todoist or a similar task manager, you may wanna start using their labels feature as it can be very helpful for batching since across all of your projects, you can apply labels that correspond to say your energy levels like low or medium or high, or the location at which a task has to be performed like home or work or an errand, and then when you have time for a batch, you can look at the label that's most relevant to you right now and see what there is to be done. (upbeat electronic music) Next up, we have to talk about how to get better at saying no. This is an integral skill in time management, especially for people who are overly busy. Those of us who are perpetually overcommitted seem to be the kind of people who just can't say no to new opportunities, whether there are people coming to us because they want something from us, they want our help, or whether it's something that just seems really cool that we want to do. Either way, we have to learn how to say no if we wanna be able to prioritize the things that are actually important and give them the time that they deserve. How exactly do you get to the point where you can say no? There are definitely tactics, there are ways to gracefully let people down, there are ways to sort of push off things that you might wanna do for yourself, but I think the first thing you have to do is just become mentally okay with saying no and this can be hard. A lot of times saying no feels like letting an opportunity slip through your fingers forever like you're only gonna get one shot because this opportunity only comes once in a lifetime like having the ability to seamlessly integrate Eminem lyrics into a video script, which I didn't say no to. Remember that every time you say yes to an opportunity, you are incurring an opportunity cost because the act of saying yes to one thing means you are implicitly saying no to something else. You have a limited amount of time, energy, and attention and you can't devote it to everything. This can be a useful way to reframe your thinking. Remember that every single decision you make incurs an opportunity cost. That brings us to the question of how to properly let people down if you have to say no because there is a graceful way to do it and then there is an abrasive way to do it. You could just yell no and why would you ever ask me to do that in their face, but you could also do it a little bit more tactfully and here's an example of how I personally do it. One type of opportunity that I have deliberately chosen to say no to for the most part is public speaking. This is something that I do like doing. It definitely can advance my career, but I've realized that if I travel, if I speak, if I take time to write talks, I can't make as many videos and I can't do the other things that are valuable to me. Nine times out of 10, when somebody reaches out to me wanting me to go speak at their school or their event, I have to say no. My priorities dictate it, but I try to say it in a way that respects the fact that they even reached out to me that says that I'm honored that they did so and that tells them I have other commitments right now. I'm not saying no because I don't want to do it. I do, but I have other priorities that I have to respect. You could also take it one step further by trying to anticipate their next step and then trying to help out with that.