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  1. Blacky

    Blacky Well-Known Member

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    @Steven Ryan what is this "lifehack" you have referred to in a few posts and on twitter?

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  3. Steven Ryan

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    Such as watching YouTube videos/listening to audiobooks at 1.25-2x speed, an alarm clock that wakes you up in your lightest stage of sleep, working from lists and adopting philosophies that are to your best advantage.
     
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    I was thinking a bit about this when I got up this morning.
    Kind of related, but more specifically about accelerated learning.
    I believe if we can all speed up our learning rate, we can achieve so much more in life.

    What if you played 4 different audio sources from left/right/front/back, all simultaneously. Could you brain pick most of that up, consciously and subconsciously to speed up the receptive process?
    Even if you only process half the information, it would still be quicker than listening to one source at a time.

    Stuff like this is intriguing and something I want to get right into to get my learning as fast and efficient from here on.
    I've had enough of learning from experience, it's way too slow, want to go express mode now.
    Why use slow techniques if there are quicker and more effective techniques to get on the fast track.
    I believe humans are capable of so much more than what has been achieved so far.

    Steve, please share the techniques you know of.

    Thanks.
     
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    Does it work?
     
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    Try it a few times and see what happens.:p
     
  7. Jamie Moore

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    I have no idea BUT I do wonder what my sub conscious picks up when I fall asleep each night listening to random podcasts. Probably not a good habit to get into - but I started a couple of years ago and now struggle getting to sleep without it :-(
     
  8. Ace in the Hole

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    I listened to an audio book last night at 1.25x, then 1.5x speed.
    At first it was a small effort to concentrate, but then soon adapted to the adjustment in speed.
    I don't think I'll be able to handle 2x speed for a while, unless the narrator is super slow in real time.

    Any saving is a good saving and I can feel my brain speed increasing.
    Can only be a good thing in increasing perception skills, which may flow over into other areas.
     
  9. Steven Ryan

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    It's unlikely that this will be effective. I won't go into the neuroscience of it lest I bore everyone. :)

    You adapt pretty quickly to this stuff.

    My learnings:

    Lectures/talks are great at 1.25-1.5x. Podcasts are great at 1.5-2x.

    Audiobooks however, are a different kettle of fish. Because the content is generally dense and profound–devoid of filler–you need time for points to resonate to get the most out of it. If it's new subject matter, 1.33x is where I'd cut it off, generally.

    For re-listening, or refreshing on stuff you already know well, 2x works well.

    I've managed to churn through some stuff at 3x past.

    Until we can upload books direct to our brains, listening to stuff sped up is a nice hack.
     
  10. Ace in the Hole

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    Thanks Steve.
    Share more about the wake up trick, you still getting up super early consistently.
    I can't seem to do it consistently, details please.

    Have you used the site stickk.com to commit to goals?
     
  11. Steven Ryan

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    1) Use the Sleep Cycle app - waking up in light sleep (rather than REM) is 90% of the battle
    2) Have massive goals to catapult you out of bed. This is a critical factor.
    3) Once it becomes a habit, it goes from an effort to a default.

    I'm pretty consistent (I was flawless until my business kicked off). I have to adapt to clients' availability now though, so it's a challenge when I have commitments that keep me up way beyond when I should be going to bed. I've had a lot of 12am/1am finishes the past couple of months which makes a 4 or 5am rise less realistic. Sometimes I sleep in 'til nearly 6am.

    Never used stickk. I am pretty simple with my goals. Just got a couple of docs to keep track of them. Seems to work pretty well.

    It's fun to look back 12 months ago to some of the goals I set–at the time thinking they were incredibly ambitious–which are now ticked off.
     
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    Steve

    Thanks for this.

    I started using Sleep cycle a while back, but then stopped, as I hate having the phone next to me in bed (its usually downstairs).
    I struggle with early morning starts (unless Im off fishing). But have been meaning to make more of an effort with this. Like this morning I had an aim to be up at 5:30 to do some excersize before the office. I set 2 alarms put both on snooze and slept till 20mins before I had to be in the office... FAIL!
    I guess my desire to succeed just wasnt sufficent to drag my sorry ass out of bed.

    I need to re-look at some of my short term goals. I have my long term ones set out, but at the moment a lot of what I am doing is just 'hanging in there' while the long term goals pan out. I have zero motivation at the moment.

    Trying to re-ignite that fire.

    Blacky
     
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    Lifehack?
     
  14. Ace in the Hole

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    Ok, this was a feedback quote from the Sleep Cycle app:
    “The result is so gentle and lovely it feels like being woken up by a mermaid stoking your hair or a unicorn nuzzling your toes.”
    Getting it now :)
     
  15. Steven Ryan

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    Haha.

    Big goals will do wonders.

    So will big “musts”.

    I reckon if you had a 6:30am flight this morning you’d have been up in time ;)

    Big goals will do wonders.


    So will big “musts”.


    I reckon if you had a 6:30am flight this morning you’d have been up in time ;)
    Big goals will do wonders.


    So will big “musts”.


    I reckon if you had a 6:30am flight this morning you’d have been up in time ;)
     
  16. Ace in the Hole

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    I did the sleep app thing last night, seemed to track it well.
    I had trouble sleeping and was restless, probably knowing the thing was recording me.
    The graph looked weird and my cycles were all over the place.
    I woke up earlier than usual, anticipating the alarm to go off, but at least I wasn't tired when it happened.

    Will see how it goes over the next few days to see how if any sleep patterns develop.
     
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    I do similar with video sometimes, but not sped up.
    Using VLC media player, ALT + R arrow skips a short way, CTRL + R arrow does a larger skip. Can also go back (L arrow) quickly to recap if you missed something and jump ahead again. Good to cut out boring parts or things you're not interested in.
     
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    @Steven Ryan you can add me to your tally of becoming a billionaire!
    Podcasts worked out and listening to more, started with Tim ferriss and that got me onto ever note to simplify things and get organised.
    Also into you tube a lot more and fixed my phone! Thanks to being on YouTube found the instructions. Saved me $200!

    Also vlc saved me a potential mental breakdown. The speed up function to watch pipe internal CCTV footage at x8 and x16 saves so much time when your watching over 5km of footage a month when recorded at the specified speed of 7m/Min
     
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    How did you go with this?

    I have been using Sleep as Android for 11 days and I see a definite pattern emerging. I am not sleeping enough during the week and oversleeping on the weekend. Last Monday and Tuesday nights, I had trouble sleeping. Then on the weekend I got too much sleep. By Monday, I had trouble sleeping again. It's easy to see my bad sleep habits when presented in a statistical form. Definitely something to work on. I haven't delved into the analytics too much but it looks like they are interesting:

    01. How it works - Sleep as Android
     
  20. Perthguy

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    Anyway, my #lifehack for the day is combining exercise with commuting. I have been trying to get back into a run training program 3 times a week but I have a problem getting motivated to exercise after work. By the time I get home it is quite late so I don't really get to my run training until around 7 pm. I have skipped a number of sessions due to feeling tired and unmotivated. Also, my sessions are quite intense, so I have had trouble getting to sleep on some nights after training.

    Instead, I decided to do my run training in the morning on the way to work. At this stage, I get a life a couple of ks from home, walk to warm up, complete my run training session then walk the rest of the way to work. This morning the walk, from completion of my run training to work, was less than 1km, so that's reasonable. I feel more alert during the day and I don't have to worry about getting motivated to train after getting home.

    After I build up a bit, I will start cycling to work a number of times a week in addition. That means that most mornings, I will either be running or cycling to work. Combining exercise with my daily commute is a great #lifehack for me. :)
     
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