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This article is about TIME. So let’s not waste our time and jump right into it.

Looking for the video on the article? Here it is:

Do you ever time yourself? In this video I’m going to give you a demonstration of how powerful a tool this can be. I gave myself the challenge of completing this video in exactly 2 hours. As a programmer I wrote a little script that tells me exactly what to do and how much time I have for it, from setting up my shooting set to editing. If you want to do something similar at home just write down your schedule and times and use a timer.

Timing yourself can be a powerful tool, but it can backfire. Here are 2 criteria for when to use it.

First, look at your mental state. Do you feel “under water” or “above water”? If you feel “under water”, don’t do it. If you feel “above water”, go right ahead and give yourself a challenge. Look at it this way: If you are under water lower the bar and tell yourself: done is done, done is better than perfect, perfect is the enemy of the good.

Another way to look at it is: how much is your task procedurized? Or in bigger words: are you in order or chaos, in the known or in the unknown?

  • If you are in the unknown, don’t optimize! Experiment. Explore. Open the space.
  • If you are in the known, optimize, focus, hunt. And timing, rewards and other behavioral incentives can be extremely helpful.

This video was brought to you by my patrons ← this is relevant.

Patrons get access to my newly revamped community app. Here is an idea for the app: a feature where you can create your own timed routines and then play them to be more efficient. You could for example create a morning routine and perform it efficiently with your headset on. Like Tim Ferriss says: routines are nothing else than recipes. If you want to have the same result, you have to execute them in the same order and timing.

Think about it, and let me know.

Time is over. I have to stop! I’ll be back with another video next week. Subscribe!

My final results: