I have always had this personal dream of being able to do things twice as fast as everyone else. Call it a pipe-dream of having “Spidey” senses and skills in the area of personal productivity and efficiency. Every now and then I make some progress and get excited. I usually tell some people and sometimes it serves to help them too.
Here is one of those examples that has proved helpful. Awhile back I discovered the option on my iPhone to play podcasts back in half time or double time speed. This seemed like it had potential so I tried it on my favorite podcasts while I went for a run. The results were amazing, I could listen to twice as much content in the double time speed. The pace helps to alleviate the extra filler space and various pauses that characterize podcasts. I can literally do things twice as fast as before.
As you might expect, your mind is able to catch up. After a short period of listening at double time you notice that it sounds normal. Your mind is able to keep up. I have also noticed that my running pace is a bit faster (not quite double time, but better).
One caution is the type of podcast. Sermons work well, as do conversational shows and interviews. If you are from the North and listen to any Southern preachers (or guys from say, Scotland) this is a tremendous blessing. There are other guys where this is a little more difficult because of cadence or content. It is trial and error. You’ll figure it out.
This has been great for me in my quest to be more productive and efficient with my time. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes. If you have any other tricks or tips drop me a note also.