字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント - Hey guys, welcome back to the channel. In this video I'm going to be sharing some tips for time management. Now this is a question that people have been asking me about for the last several years. They see that I'm a full time doctor, if you didn't know, I've got this YouTube channel, I run my own business, I like to sing songs and play guitar, and I like to give the impression that I've got a vibrant social life as well. And people often email me or Instagram DM me or whatever asking, "How do you manage your time, how are you able "to do so much stuff, how are you so cool?" So in this video I'm going to be attempting to address these queries by talking about some principals, some tactics, and some tools that I've personally found helpful to allow me to do all this extra stuff with my time. And speaking of time, this video is kindly sponsored by ExpressVPN, the fastest virtual private network provider in the world, and I'll talk a little bit more about them at the end of the video. So the most important thing that really changed the game for me in terms of time management was recognising that my time was fully and 100% in my control. Like back in the day, I used to be tempted to use the phrase "I don't have time," when, you know, talking about going to the gym. I kind of realised over time that actually I am fully in control of my own time, and at any given moment, I am doing what I most want to be doing. It's never the case the I don't have time to go to the gym, it's always the case that going to the gym is currently not a priority in my life. So yeah, subtle mindset shift, and that's principle number one for time management that I've personally found really helpful in my life. Principle number two is something called the Pareto principle, or the 80/20 rule you might have come across. The general idea is that for most things in life actually, about 80% of the results come from about 20% of the input. So think Marie Kondo, the whole minimalist, tidy living, minimalist home, all that stuff, has this thing that only 20% of your possessions are bringing you 80% of value, and actually this applies to so many other things. Especially when it comes to effective studying, often when it comes to exams that we take at school and university, 80% of the marks are going to be coming from 20% of the content. Like if you really understand that 20% of content, you can figure out how to get the 80% of marks. And sort of by extension, I realised that this applies to learning new skills as well. I taught myself how to play the guitar and the piano a few years ago, by following YouTube tutorials and using Justin Guitar and all that stuff. At the start, I thought that learning piano and guitar would be hard, but it's really not. If you want to get to a reasonable standard on guitar, if you wanna be able to play the guitar while singing along, all you have to do basically learn four chords, and those four chords let you play the vast majority of pop songs in the world, and you can just move the capo up and down to change the key. And that kind of changes the game because anyone can learn four chords on the guitar, you just need to buy a guitar for about 30 pounds from a secondhand shop like I did one day, teach yourself the chords using Justin Guitar, practise for about two weeks or month, and suddenly you are at the level where you could literally stand on stage, play these chords, and sing whatever song you want. Prior to learning guitar, I kind of had it in my head that you know, this is like a really hard thing, but when I started to learn it, I kept this 80/20 principle in mind, I kept saying to myself, okay no, this is actually easier than it seems, I'm going to focus on the 20% of things, of chords, that's actually gonna result in 80% of the songs that I can play. So I think this applies all the way across the board with things like piano, digital artistry, graphic design, coding, photography, video editing, YouTube. All of the things that I've taught myself over the years, from the outside looking in it seems like, oh my God, how do you do all this stuff? But actually when you really get down to it, and try to teach yourself this stuff, you realise that it's not as hard as it initially appears, and you can focus on the 20% to get the 80%. But yeah, that's principle number two. And principle number three is something called Parkinson's Law, and Parkinson's Law states that work expands to fill the time that we allocate to it. And we've all probably had this feeling where when we've got a deadline coming up the next day or the day after, we get so much more work done, whereas if we've got an assignment that's in for two months from now, we're just gonna procrastinate and put it off until like the week before or the night before. I think Parkinson's Law applies to almost everything in life as well, you can always be a bit more efficient by giving yourself less time to do something and more time almost never, in my experience, leads to a better result. So this is kind of the case of getting over the idea of perfectionism and just churning stuff out and recognising that if you give yourself a short amount of time to do it, then things just work out. Okay so those were three broad, overarching principles of time management, let's now talk about some tactics for time management, and tactics are kind of drilling down a bit more into rules that we can follow, stuff like that. The first one is the two minute rule, and I came across this in a really good book called "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity" by a chap called David Allen. This is like the world's most famous book about productivity and in it he introduces the two minute rule, which is the idea that if you have a task that is gonna take you less than two minutes, you should just do it now rather than put it off. Everyday I come across tasks that I know will take me less than two minutes, and for the most part I try and get them done there and then so that they're not kind of, in my mind or on my to-do list or languishing, like there's a mug behind the camera over there, it will take me less than two minutes just to pick it up after I film this video, and stick it in the sink, and that will just make my workspace a little bit more neater. So yeah, two minute rule applies to everything. If something's gonna take less than two minutes, just do it now. The second tactic is called batching, and I first came across this in Tim Ferriss' amazing book "The 4-Hour Workweek," which is the single book that's most changed my life, and that is a book all about, kind of, productivity and efficiency and maximising time management and stuff. So if you are interested in this sort of topic, you should definitely read "The 4-Hour Workweek" if you haven't already. But in the book he talks about this idea of batching. It's pretty intuitive, it's like, let's say, throughout the week you get lots of emails that you have to reply to, it makes sense to do that all at the same time rather than taking five minutes out sort of here and there, every hour of the day to reply to emails. And I find that batching all these similar tasks together really helps because I'm not then context switching, it's not like I'm working on a video and suddenly I'm replying to an email, it's like I'm working on a video and when I make the time, I'm gonna reply to these 16 emails that I have to reply to. Equally the same thing applies to filming videos. Part of the reason why I'm able to put out at least one video a week is because I sit down and batch film them, so today I'm going to be filming like six videos and then I'll edit them over the course of the week or send them off to my editor, 'cause I now have an editor now which is very exciting. And finally the third tactic is my personal rule for watching TV, which is that I'm not allowed to watch TV if I'm watching TV on my own, and actually in the last two years I think the only TV I've watched on my own, like sitting on my own, is one episode of "Game of Thrones," 'cause no one came around to watch it with me that day, one episode of "Chernobyl" 'cause I was interested 'cause everyone was talking about it, and I watched a season of "You" on Netflix when I was on a flight, I think that's allowed when you're on an aeroplane. But for the last three or four years of my life while I was at university, I made the rule for myself that I'm just not allowed to watch TV if I'm on my own. TV is fine, in my opinion, as a social activity, but I've found that if I was just sitting there watching TV on my own, I'd just end up wasting so much time, and thinking back for the last four or five years, I'm really glad that I spent that time doing other things instead, like making my websites, I was falling in love with making my business, or just hanging out with friends or making this YouTube channel. I don't feel that I've missed out by not having seen "The Office," or by not having watched "Breaking Bad" for a second time, or by not having watched "Friends" for a third time. You know, I don't lose anything by not watching TV on my own, but I gain a lot of spare time. And there's all these stats like the average American spends three hours a day watching TV, all this sort of stuff, and I find that with a lot of my friends, and you know, this is no judgement to them, if this is what they wanna do, that's absolutely fine, but I find that with a lot of people, the default activity when you get home from school or when you get home from work is to put on Netflix and watch something. And if that's intentionally what you want to be doing and what you're aiming for and what makes you happy, then by all means that's absolutely fine, what I'm saying is that for me, I don't lose anything in my life by not watching Netflix I don't even have a Netflix account, but I gain a hell of a lot of time, and I think personally my life is much more fulfilled and interesting because I've used that time to do other things rather than watch TV. So yeah, that's my rule for watching TV. Let me know what you think in the comments, usually it is quite controversial when I mention it to friends, people are always like, "Oh what's wrong with relaxing and stuff?" I'm not saying there's anything wrong with relaxing, I'm not saying you have to hustle all the time, I'm saying is that if you're gonna ask me what my tips are for time management and how I'm able to do so much stuff, I think a big part of that reason is I just don't spend any time watching TV. And so having talked about three principles and three tactics, and I want to talk about three tools that I find helpful in term of time management. The first and most important one is an app for the Mac called Alfred, and I think there are equivalent apps for Windows if you're one of those people that sadly uses Windows. And Alfred is incredible because it basically lets you do anything on your Mac, just using the keyboard.