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Become a SpeedDemon: Productivity Tricks to Have More Time

Learn productivity strategies and easy-to-use tricks to help you get through everyday tasks faster and more efficiently.
Jonathan Levi
32,659 students enrolled
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Harness the preeminent theories of productivity and time management to squeeze more time out of the day
Use cutting-edge hacks, tips, and tricks to improve computer productivity work
Identify time-wasters and zap them before they drain the day away
Cut out the bad habits that cost hours in the day for no reason
Make more time for the things that matter in life

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Please Note: We have recently introduced a completely rewritten and all-new version of this course for 2020 – we suggest you choose “Become a Speed Demon 2” to get the latest edition! 

This course will teach you the most cutting-edge tips and tricks for productivity, automation, and efficiency, so that you can do more work in less time and have more time for the things that matter in life.

    What would you do to have just one more hour in the day? Two hours? How about 3? 

         The sad truth is that most of us simply don’t have enough time in our daily lives to get through everything we need to do. Much less the things we want to do. 

         In this course from best-selling instructor Jonathan Levi, author of the blockbuster course “Become a SuperLearner,” you will learn how to reclaim enough time to do just that – and so much more. 

         For the last 10 years, your instructor Jonathan Levi has developed a series of techniques, tips, tricks, and strategies to overcome a near superhuman workload. From juggling a multimillion dollar business while engaged as a full time student, to running multiple companies at the same time, to leading a jam-packed travel, social, and educational calendar that would make some people’s heads spin.

How is this possible, and how can you, too, learn to Become a Speed Demon? 

         The course starts out with a great foundation in theory, training you on the philosophies behind efficiency, productivity, and “speeding up.” 

         Armed with these theories and strategies, the course then dives into more nuts-and-bolts recommendations on how to speed up some of the most time-intensive activities we each do every day; working at the computer, cooking and fitness, interactions with others, and other general inefficiencies. 

         The course takes a holistic approach to productivity and efficiency, arming you with the mindset to kick butt and speed up every aspect of your productive and creative life, in order to make time for the things that really matter. With that said, this course, as with the instructor’s other courses, will evolve, grow, and improve based on your feedback, so get your front-row seat today! 

Introductions & Foundations

About your instructor: How this course came to be

In this lecture, you'll learn a bit about your instructor and the path that brought him to create this course.

Course structure & how to succeed

This lecture is a brief setup to prepare you for how the course will progress. It will also give you some tips on how to make the most of the course going forward.

Why do things quicker?

This lecture explores some good and not-so-good reasons to do things quicker, in order to prepare us for success and satisfaction from the course.

Where most people spend (or waste) their time

In order to save time and be more productive, we first need to explore the types of activities that are inefficient or time-wasting. We do that during this lecture.

Course Syllabus - Download it Now!

This lecture will introduce you to the Course Syllabus, which you should download in PDF version from the supplementary materials, as well as the Zip file of the PDF bookmarks, which makes it fast and easy to get all of the links provided throughout this course.

Are we on the same page & ready to learn together?

General Principles & Theories for Hacking Your Productivity

Pre-Quiz: Let's see what we already know?

Throughout this course, I will give you "Pre-Quizzes" that test you on the material you haven't been taught yet. You are not supposed to know the answers yet!

Why do I do this? To generate curiosity, questions, and make sure your attention is captivated throughout the course. Don't fret if you get a 0% - grades don't matter on Udemy!

The power of preparation

This lecture will discuss how proper preparation can speed up the execution of most activities.

Having clear priorities & goals - and making them "SMART"

We all know we should have goals and priorities to be efficient and effective, but did you know that it's just as important to design your goals according to 5 specific criteria? This lecture will teach you how.

Organizing priorities with the Priority Star Exercise

In this lecture, we learn a simple yet powerful exercise for organizing the order of tasks by importance.

Setting deadlines - and making them real

We'll all experienced the superhuman "speed boost" we're capable of when rushing to meet a deadline. This lecture discusses how to take advantage of that for everyday tasks that can drag on and on.

The Pareto Principle: our secret to being effective

For those who aren't familiar with this pivotal theory in efficiency, we will discuss the Pareto Principle, or 80/20 rule.

The "Bad" kind of multitasking, avoiding distractions, and meditation

You may think that a course about productivity would teach you how to become a master multitasker, but in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. This lecture will explain why.

Batching similar tasks

This lecture explains how grouping similar activities together enhances output.

The "Good" kind of multitasking & the Buddhist wheel of life

In this lecture, we'll learn about the Buddhist Wheel of Life, and then use some of it's principles to understand how multitasking can be used effectively and positively.

Planning for structured rest periods

This lecture will explore the role of scheduled rest periods in productivity and performance.

Using small chunks of wasted time effectively

We all have small chunks of wasted time - waiting for the doctor, sitting in the taxi cab. This lecture will help you understand how to maximize those wasted chunks.

A brief note on "Flow" and focus

This lecture will explain the power of "Flow," a psychological phenomenon that is responsible for much of human performance and accomplishment across any and every field.

How well do we understand the theories & foundations?

This quiz will test how well you've understood the theories and foundations from the last section, before we move on to some different applied tactics.

Speeding Up & Automating Computer Work

Pre Quiz: How productive are you at the computer?

This quiz will test to see how many of the hacks and softwares you already know about. The answer may surprise you!

Just how much time are you wasting on your computer?

Before we can understand which areas to focus on in optimizing our computer work, we should first set some baseline measurements. This lecture will introduce you to some very useful software to do just that.

Automating meeting scheduling

This lecture introduces you to a great software utility that will eliminate those pesky back-and-forth scheduling emails.

Text expansion - stop typing the same things over and over

We all have phrases we type over and over, from sales copy to phone numbers and addresses. This lecture explains how to automate all of them, across all of your devices.

Speaking is faster than typing - and clicking

This lecture demonstrates the power of a speech-to-text utility, such as the one that comes standard on your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android.

Using custom gestures to speed up common tasks

Did you know that you could set up custom gestures to speed up even the most complex repetitive tasks? This lecture will show you how.

Launchers: act without doing

In this lecture, we learn about "Launchers" - a powerful class of application that greatly reduce the amount of work it takes to complete most computer tasks. This one productivity hack alone can shave an hour off of your work day.

Wasting less time reading & sorting through email

In this lecture, we'll learn how Jonathan shaved off 30-60 minutes a day wasted on reading and sorting through annoying emails.

Automating simple, repetitive tasks effectively across the web

This lecture introduces you to a service that will help you handle a lot of the more menial online tasks you do every day.

Watching lectures, videos, and podcasts faster

We all spend a lot of time watching online lectures and YouTube videos. However, if you want to speed this up and absorb this content with less of a time commitment, this lecture will show you how.

What did we learn from the computer tips and tricks section?

Hopefully you gained a lot from the computer tips and tricks question. This quiz will find out if that's the case or not!

Speeding Up Health & Fitness

Pre-quiz: Health and Fitness Section

How much do you know about speeding up health, fitness, and cooking? Let's find out before you get a crash course!

Getting fit in fewer hours

It's a common misconception that your physical fitness is directly correlated to how many hours you spend exercising. This lecture will explain how you can get very fit in much less time.

Spend less time cooking

You may think you're "too busy" to enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals every day, but you are probably wrong. This lecture will explain how you can save tons of time in the kitchen.

Sleeping less and feeling better

We spend an average of ⅓ of our lives sleeping - and it's perhaps the most important thing we do. However, there are ways to reduce this time commitment and make your sleep time more effective. Watch this lecture to learn more.

How well do we understand the health and fitness tips?

This quiz will measure how well you understood the Health and Fitness section as a whole.

Automating your finances

Pre-Quiz: How effectively are we monitoring our finances?

This pre-quiz will get you thinking about automating finances and speeding that whole mess up!

Monitoring your finances automatically

If you are wasting time reviewing charges on your credit card bill, checking your credit score, or calling your credit card company to ask about suspicious charges, this lecture is for you.

Paying bills automatically

This lecture will explain why you should pay all of your bills automatically - even the ones you think you have to write a check for every month.

What did we learn about monitoring our finances?

Finances can be a boring topic, but hopefully you paid attention enough to ace this quiz!

Delegation, Communication, & Saying No

Pre-quiz: What is your starting point when it comes to Delegation and Saying No

This quiz will assess what your mindset is going into this final content section of the course.

Some things just aren't worth your time

A big part of being effective is knowing which activities are worth doing and which ones are not. This lecture will explain in more detail how to make these types of judgement calls.

Thoughts & tips on "outsourcing"

Unfortunately, outsourcing isn't the easy, fast, panacea solution that some claim it to be. This lecture will offer a few services that make it easier to outsource and get great quality.

Speeding up decisions

Decisions can not only take up a huge part of our day, but also a majority of our mental capacity, focus, and attention. This lecture offers some pragmatic strategies to reduce the negative effects of "analysis paralysis."

Speeding up communication

As human beings, we are social creatures, and this means that for most of us, communication will take up a majority of our time. With that said, there are strategies to make communication more efficient, without hurting feelings. This lecture explores that idea.

Splitting Time Into “Maker” and “Manager” Days
What did we learn about Delegation, Communication, and Saying No

This quiz will test to see if you've stuck it through to the end!


Bonus Course: Become a SuperLearner to learn, read, and memorize faster

This lecture outlines the basic principles behind Jonathan's #1 Bestselling course, Become a SuperLearner, including a coupon to get it for only $19.99

What we've learned, conclusion, and congratulations

In this lecture, we will take a look back and review what we've learned, and draw some conclusions on the course.

Bonus Lecture: Unlock My Entire Library of PREMIUM Courses for Just $49!

In this lecture, you'll learn about our new subscription program.

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"Small differences in performance can lead to very unequal distributions when repeated over time. This is yet another reason why habits are so important. The people and organizations that can do the right things, more consistently are more likely to maintain a slight edge and accumulate disproportionate rewards over time." ~ James Clear

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