How to Speedup Playback on QuickTime, YouTube, Vimeo, Audible, & VLC

By | 2017-08-17T19:38:55+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Productivity|

Want to Speed Listen? If you're considering speed listening you may want to speed up playback and get through audio books, courses, and that boring class lecture faster. Here's how to do it on Quick Time, YouTube, and Audible. (Will add more as I test them). Speedup Playback on Quicktime (Mac): Hold the alt or option key and then click on the fast forward arrows on Quicktime. It will show 1.1x. Press again to keep increasing the speed (still holding alt/option). If you want to slow it down, press on the rewind arrows instead while holding alt/option. Speedup Playback on [...]

Speed Listening Experiment

By | 2017-08-17T19:39:37+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Productivity|

Recently, I decided to implement the idea of there is no speed limit, and have been doing a non-official experiment with speed listening. Speed listening is listening to audio books, audibles, or even watching videos on YouTube at double speed. I've heard it from a few friends in business circles, and there are have been a few articles I've read recently on speed listening, so I figured I'd give it a test. Most recently I've been listening to Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future on audible at double speed. Surprisingly I've gotten through a 13 [...]

Getting Hooked on Behaviors

By | 2017-08-17T19:31:53+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Productivity|

While recently launching a startup, I have been reading a lot on behaviors and keeping users engaged. One of the biggest ah-ha moments has been on behaviors. Particularly BJ Fogg's behavior model which says 3 things are required to get someone to do something: Motivation - They must be sufficiently motivated Ability - They must have the ability to perform the behavior Trigger - They must be triggered to perform the behavior Example: A simple real life example could be if I owned a local sandwich shop. Here's how I would think about using this model... Motivation - Customer is [...]

Hacking Maslow’s Hierarchy to Live a Happier Life

By | 2017-08-17T19:33:54+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Productivity|

In 1943, a man by the name of Abraham Maslow created a simple way for people to understand the Theory of Human Motivation and progression. This was then made into a familiar pyramid chart called the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, as shown below.   Now, basically, as humans we move up the pyramid in motivation from our basic physiological needs such as eating, shelter, and reproduction to much higher more spiritual needs called self-actualization. Maslow believed that to reach the highest level of need, the person must not only achieve the previous needs, but master them. Now in my own [...]