Cortex 43: Tornado Bigshot


00:00:00   you one inch of log you got your blog [TS]

00:00:02   yeah but I still feel like you owe me a [TS]

00:00:03   vlog you skipped a week you and never be [TS]

00:00:06   satiated never well I think I think you [TS]

00:00:08   need you only like an extra blog that [TS]

00:00:10   that's all I'm saying [TS]

00:00:11   where you going to be sad because i'm [TS]

00:00:12   not doing one this week I can't believe [TS]

00:00:14   you're disrespecting the schedule like [TS]

00:00:16   this Mike and I don't understand I don't [TS]

00:00:18   understand what's happened to you [TS]

00:00:20   I think I've rubbed off on you there's [TS]

00:00:22   no shoujo little gray there was no [TS]

00:00:23   schedule you you will want to decide [TS]

00:00:25   those changes on me before I is this the [TS]

00:00:28   one project that doesn't have a schedule [TS]

00:00:30   like because it's not my job [TS]

00:00:33   it's not it's because it's your side [TS]

00:00:35   projects because it's my side project [TS]

00:00:37   that quite frankly like me like the real [TS]

00:00:40   reason is i just don't have enough [TS]

00:00:42   interesting things going on at all times [TS]

00:00:44   to make like it i could make a video [TS]

00:00:47   this week but it would be really boring [TS]

00:00:49   whoo-hoo so I'm going to make a video [TS]

00:00:51   next week because i'm moving house [TS]

00:00:54   I mean that's the reason I'm making a [TS]

00:00:56   video this week is because next week [TS]

00:00:57   we're moving now it's finally happening [TS]

00:00:59   for real it's finally happening for real [TS]

00:01:01   we had to move his book by the time many [TS]

00:01:03   people hearing this i will moved very [TS]

00:01:06   exciting [TS]

00:01:06   yeah interview subject cottage all being [TS]

00:01:08   sconce to the mega office [TS]

00:01:10   ok this is the last recording in your [TS]

00:01:14   old office then it which is your bedroom [TS]

00:01:16   actually yes it is it is the last [TS]

00:01:18   recording of anything [TS]

00:01:20   oh really yeah yeah I didn't realize [TS]

00:01:23   that until just now it's momentous fall [TS]

00:01:25   of next week shows even though we're [TS]

00:01:27   moving middle of the week but all of [TS]

00:01:28   next week shows are going to be recorded [TS]

00:01:30   from my office i think because I'm the [TS]

00:01:33   last one I should also be the first one [TS]

00:01:35   in the new office right so you want to [TS]

00:01:37   record next will delay all of us show [TS]

00:01:39   until doing their intellect the next [TS]

00:01:43   record record attacks i think i think [TS]

00:01:46   that's the way to handle this i mean i [TS]

00:01:48   could do that but i would then also lose [TS]

00:01:50   the house i'm buying so right fair [TS]

00:01:53   enough okay I can see why you don't want [TS]

00:01:54   to i can get I don't want to the nice as [TS]

00:01:57   it would be to take cortex cross [TS]

00:01:58   everything he got to pay for those [TS]

00:02:00   houses somehow the houses are cheap here [TS]

00:02:02   that's that is very true [TS]

00:02:05   so you wanted to know my youtube ranking [TS]

00:02:07   Lou it turns out that there is a website [TS]

00:02:10   that will tell you it fits that's X is [TS]

00:02:13   is that the second-tier website now to [TS]

00:02:15   something called social blade which many [TS]

00:02:17   people wrote in to tell us about my [TS]

00:02:19   current ranking as of today Gray's 230 [TS]

00:02:23   2533 subscribers Lou I'm actually pretty [TS]

00:02:27   pleased with that to be honest [TS]

00:02:29   yeah i think that's that's interesting i [TS]

00:02:31   was aware of social blade and I think [TS]

00:02:33   what happened was when i first started [TS]

00:02:37   being aware that their websites that [TS]

00:02:38   could track your subscribers [TS]

00:02:41   socialblade was actually the one that I [TS]

00:02:43   used years and years ago and then at [TS]

00:02:44   some point vid stat ex took the mantle [TS]

00:02:47   for having better numbers but it looks [TS]

00:02:49   like social blade is coming back on [TS]

00:02:52   their game now to be that the better [TS]

00:02:54   website with the live subscriber count [TS]

00:02:57   things that they do and also being [TS]

00:02:58   better on mobile so it looks like i'm [TS]

00:03:00   going to be sort of moving back to [TS]

00:03:02   social blade from its tax for looking up [TS]

00:03:05   various things on YouTube [TS]

00:03:07   although I do i do absolutely hate that [TS]

00:03:10   the website has these estimated earnings [TS]

00:03:11   which are off like an order of magnitude [TS]

00:03:15   with their estimates for like the low [TS]

00:03:17   and the high numbers it's amazing i [TS]

00:03:20   estimate nearly i mean so somewhere [TS]

00:03:22   between 63 pounds and a thousand pounds [TS]

00:03:25   that is a huge difference [TS]

00:03:27   I know I know it's like I don't know why [TS]

00:03:31   that you would have those numbers there [TS]

00:03:32   I don't understand what those estimated [TS]

00:03:34   earnings things are but it just bothers [TS]

00:03:36   me that they have a data point that is [TS]

00:03:39   just so meaningless and that like their [TS]

00:03:43   high-end numbers for some channels are [TS]

00:03:45   just comical like they just like just [TS]

00:03:48   insane insane number so that's my least [TS]

00:03:51   favorite thing about social blade but [TS]

00:03:53   overall it does seem like it's a it's [TS]

00:03:55   winning the war for which website is [TS]

00:03:56   actually better but yeah i agree with [TS]

00:03:58   you that it's interesting to see that [TS]

00:04:02   you are religious rounded off like in [TS]

00:04:05   the top quarter million you have YouTube [TS]

00:04:07   channels and what is your current [TS]

00:04:10   subscriber numbers 10,000 659 10,000 659 [TS]

00:04:15   I think this this again goes to [TS]

00:04:18   direct the conversation we were having [TS]

00:04:19   before of the the total number of [TS]

00:04:22   YouTube channels is just [TS]

00:04:24   incomprehensibly large and it's like [TS]

00:04:28   you're moving up this power law [TS]

00:04:30   distribution of what subscriber numbers [TS]

00:04:34   look like and where you are in the [TS]

00:04:36   rankings against all other channels with [TS]

00:04:38   that so keep climbing that power log [TS]

00:04:41   raft mike i will say the live subscribe [TS]

00:04:44   account for me it's just a sad page [TS]

00:04:46   about it doesn't move very much you can [TS]

00:04:50   send look at that thing for a while and [TS]

00:04:52   nothing really happens if you leave it [TS]

00:04:56   open in the background somewhere so you [TS]

00:04:57   can check in other either on a dedicated [TS]

00:04:59   TV hanging on the wall now you know just [TS]

00:05:01   gonna keep my eye on that thing I think [TS]

00:05:03   you have space for that mega office that [TS]

00:05:05   should be one of the things that's in [TS]

00:05:06   the background of your videos right you [TS]

00:05:08   should always have that in the [TS]

00:05:08   background just a flat line [TS]

00:05:10   yeah you know but not forever Mike it [TS]

00:05:14   won't be a flatline river so I didn't [TS]

00:05:16   you should do that you should have a [TS]

00:05:17   dedicated TV in the background that [TS]

00:05:19   shows your life subscriber numbers as [TS]

00:05:21   your recording the vlog there's no way [TS]

00:05:23   people will mess around with that that [TS]

00:05:25   definitely something that you should do [TS]

00:05:27   yeah i'll look into that do you remember [TS]

00:05:29   we asked Brian to slowly fix your [TS]

00:05:32   problem with your email boxes [TS]

00:05:35   oh is this tech support ok we're back to [TS]

00:05:37   my tech support excellent brian is is [TS]

00:05:39   back again for our great bi-weekly check [TS]

00:05:43   in here for the the situation of your [TS]

00:05:46   email problem and he has provided some [TS]

00:05:50   handy screenshots [TS]

00:05:51   oh wow so basically there is a rule that [TS]

00:05:56   you can set up this is the problem we [TS]

00:05:58   were looking in smart mailboxes for the [TS]

00:06:00   situation this VIP problem it is a rule [TS]

00:06:04   that you can set up on your mac for if [TS]

00:06:06   centers in my contacts you can create a [TS]

00:06:09   mailbox for that to be included the VIP [TS]

00:06:12   mailbox or whatever if you use iCloud [TS]

00:06:14   email your there has to be a mac on [TS]

00:06:16   always to filter this [TS]

00:06:18   mm but if you use gmail or something I [TS]

00:06:21   assume maybe other services that are not [TS]

00:06:23   iCloud email you can set up these rules [TS]

00:06:25   and it will work in the cloud [TS]

00:06:27   and then he was also provided [TS]

00:06:29   instructions on how you can set up those [TS]

00:06:31   mailboxes to be pushed on iOS which is [TS]

00:06:34   not intuitive Ryan has provided steps [TS]

00:06:37   for these are some nice screenshots I [TS]

00:06:39   have to say this is this is done very [TS]

00:06:41   nicely this was a multiple multiple days [TS]

00:06:45   of communication between me and ryan to [TS]

00:06:47   get to this situation [TS]

00:06:49   oh wow I appreciate that the two of you [TS]

00:06:50   are working on my tech support problems [TS]

00:06:52   this is great it was more he was just [TS]

00:06:55   doing it and I was just saying thanks [TS]

00:06:57   and then he would come back with another [TS]

00:06:59   say origin work so Ryan I think i think [TS]

00:07:01   brian may have solved your problem here [TS]

00:07:04   i mean this is this is interesting i'll [TS]

00:07:06   have to look at this in more detail when [TS]

00:07:08   the show is over because i'm assuming [TS]

00:07:10   huge gmail or something similar i don't [TS]

00:07:12   use gmail actually use fastmail as the [TS]

00:07:15   backend i'm not using gmail maybe fast [TS]

00:07:17   man will do the same thing as gmail [TS]

00:07:18   though because you know this is what [TS]

00:07:20   this is what's occurring to me is I mean [TS]

00:07:21   they have a bunch of server-side rule [TS]

00:07:23   stuff that you can do so there may be [TS]

00:07:24   something similar to this is just a [TS]

00:07:25   question about synchronizing contact [TS]

00:07:27   books but it is helpful but it i still [TS]

00:07:32   do have the one limitation with the [TS]

00:07:33   Apple Mail thing that I find frustrating [TS]

00:07:35   which is that I can't sort by sender on [TS]

00:07:37   iOS it so it's like limiting everybody [TS]

00:07:40   to the people who are in my contacts [TS]

00:07:42   book this is fantastic i would love the [TS]

00:07:44   ability to sort by sender on iOS like [TS]

00:07:47   you can on Mac OS but this this is like [TS]

00:07:51   sixty percent of the way towards being [TS]

00:07:54   very helpful so i will definitely take a [TS]

00:07:56   look at this in more detail after the [TS]

00:07:58   show maybe Ryan can somehow create some [TS]

00:08:01   elaborate system of rules to reorganize [TS]

00:08:03   your mail for you and Rebecca who knows [TS]

00:08:06   yeah route through some server somewhere [TS]

00:08:08   and yet or maybe Ryan can work with the [TS]

00:08:12   guys at uni box to get their update out [TS]

00:08:14   to fix all of their various problems on [TS]

00:08:17   iOS whatever it is i look forward to [TS]

00:08:20   solutions that i receive on the podcast [TS]

00:08:23   this is fantastic thank you ryan paul [TS]

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00:09:53   laugh and many people in the reddit have [TS]

00:09:57   tried to fix your notification problems [TS]

00:09:59   for you i'll have the yep i bet they [TS]

00:10:01   have amazing solutions there is one [TS]

00:10:03   person jus on the reddit who suggested [TS]

00:10:07   something that was in my mind and I [TS]

00:10:09   don't know why I didn't bring it up at [TS]

00:10:11   the time so considering you have your [TS]

00:10:14   device set for these basically two [TS]

00:10:17   different modes you have a contact mode [TS]

00:10:20   and they do not contact mode you know [TS]

00:10:22   why don't you just have two phones [TS]

00:10:24   I saw this this comments and I saw a lot [TS]

00:10:26   of Twitter applies about having two [TS]

00:10:30   phones because this is within your [TS]

00:10:32   character right you have two watches for [TS]

00:10:34   this purpose you have like two ipads [TS]

00:10:37   maybe seven iPads like hers there two [TS]

00:10:39   ipads I feel like you've forgotten our [TS]

00:10:42   American Association long ago I have at [TS]

00:10:45   least 12 [TS]

00:10:47   yeah you like have had been brought [TS]

00:10:49   along [TS]

00:10:50   to the multipad lifestyle here with he [TS]

00:10:52   was so skeptical a long time ago i am [TS]

00:10:55   like a mere apprentice I have but two [TS]

00:10:58   iPads so why do you not have multiple [TS]

00:11:01   funds for this like one that is just [TS]

00:11:02   disconnected from everything on one is [TS]

00:11:04   connected [TS]

00:11:05   yes i saw people mentioned this and and [TS]

00:11:07   I think it's just kinda funny like [TS]

00:11:09   mentioned in a way is like as they would [TS]

00:11:10   have never crossed my mind to use [TS]

00:11:12   multiple devices for this purpose the [TS]

00:11:14   problem is the way Apple handles two [TS]

00:11:19   different things one of which is the [TS]

00:11:22   notification stuff so while you can have [TS]

00:11:25   what i do multiple Apple watches that [TS]

00:11:28   are connected to an individual phone you [TS]

00:11:31   cannot reasonably have one Apple watch [TS]

00:11:35   that connects to two different phones [TS]

00:11:37   this is this is just not a possibility [TS]

00:11:40   if you want to do this it means you have [TS]

00:11:42   to wipe and restore the apple watch [TS]

00:11:44   every single time which takes forever [TS]

00:11:46   and is an enormous hassle so you can't [TS]

00:11:49   tell an Apple watch to look for [TS]

00:11:53   whichever phone is the one that's being [TS]

00:11:55   actively used right now is the morning [TS]

00:11:57   phone or is it the evening phone and so [TS]

00:11:59   what this means is it automatically [TS]

00:12:01   makes it impossible for me to have the [TS]

00:12:03   notifications go the way I wanted them [TS]

00:12:05   to go which is through the apple watch [TS]

00:12:07   so the morning phone would not be able [TS]

00:12:09   to use the apple watch it's like okay [TS]

00:12:11   that alone is a big problem but there's [TS]

00:12:15   a second really big problem which is [TS]

00:12:17   that Apple to migrate frustration which [TS]

00:12:20   I mentioned before doesn't synchronize [TS]

00:12:23   your health data across anything and so [TS]

00:12:26   when I was playing around with this a [TS]

00:12:28   while back I quickly realize you end up [TS]

00:12:30   with too fragmented unrelated health [TS]

00:12:33   databases that like can't be merged and [TS]

00:12:36   can't be handled in an easy way and so [TS]

00:12:39   because I exercise in the morning [TS]

00:12:42   this I run into this problem with like [TS]

00:12:44   the apps that i want to use for exercise [TS]

00:12:47   trying to write data to a separate apple [TS]

00:12:50   health database and so it's like still [TS]

00:12:53   on the fun not the watch so you can [TS]

00:12:54   actually watches but you can't have one [TS]

00:12:56   fun because you have one central store [TS]

00:12:57   for the health data right right [TS]

00:12:59   your Apple watch is always going to be [TS]

00:13:01   tied to one protect [TS]

00:13:03   her phone and it makes sense like okay [TS]

00:13:05   whatever phone i'm going to receive my [TS]

00:13:06   messages on like that has to be the [TS]

00:13:08   phone with the Apple watch is going to [TS]

00:13:09   be tied to but then that means like both [TS]

00:13:11   the morning phone that i would use that [TS]

00:13:14   has this kind of subset of notifications [TS]

00:13:17   that i want to receive which are [TS]

00:13:18   reminders to myself from myself that [TS]

00:13:20   phone can't run notifications through a [TS]

00:13:23   watch and any health stuff that's done [TS]

00:13:25   on that phone is going to be limited to [TS]

00:13:28   that phone it can't synchronize out [TS]

00:13:30   elsewhere it's like this is just it's [TS]

00:13:32   too much of a hassle like it's too much [TS]

00:13:33   of a pain in the butt that it causes [TS]

00:13:36   more problems than it solves let alone [TS]

00:13:39   some of the other synchronization issues [TS]

00:13:42   that I'm always a little bit frustrated [TS]

00:13:43   with apple so it's like I would totally [TS]

00:13:46   do it if it was something that the [TS]

00:13:48   software supported yeah but it's not [TS]

00:13:51   something that the software supports at [TS]

00:13:53   this time and so this is this is one of [TS]

00:13:55   the reasons why i like I have this [TS]

00:13:56   frustration with a lack of granularity [TS]

00:13:59   over notifications because I feel like [TS]

00:14:01   hey Apple [TS]

00:14:02   even if I am willing to buy two phones [TS]

00:14:06   to solve my notification problem i still [TS]

00:14:09   can't solve my notification problem [TS]

00:14:10   because of the way the the software [TS]

00:14:12   operate so that's why I don't do this [TS]

00:14:15   but it was too many people who were [TS]

00:14:17   giving feedback about this issue [TS]

00:14:19   yes I had I have definitely this is [TS]

00:14:21   definitely crossed my mind I had [TS]

00:14:22   definitely done some trials with older [TS]

00:14:24   phones to see if I can make this work [TS]

00:14:26   and it was just like now this is way [TS]

00:14:29   impractical this is much more of a [TS]

00:14:31   hassle than the problem of trying to [TS]

00:14:33   solve [TS]

00:14:33   it's a shame the healthcare thing [TS]

00:14:35   because I could have seen a world where [TS]

00:14:36   you ended up with two phones and four [TS]

00:14:38   watches which would have been just a [TS]

00:14:44   light for me [TS]

00:14:45   yeah I think you would have you would [TS]

00:14:46   have enjoyed that quite a lot but i [TS]

00:14:47   think that that's that's crazy i don't i [TS]

00:14:49   don't really need that that's really [TS]

00:14:51   know is it is it more crazy is it more [TS]

00:14:54   crazy than just having two watches like [TS]

00:14:56   I feel like it's it's a diminishing [TS]

00:14:59   return of crazy you what we say that the [TS]

00:15:00   two watches thing is crazy but it's not [TS]

00:15:02   crazy i'm giving you all the reasons why [TS]

00:15:03   it's fantastic and i love it you know i [TS]

00:15:06   don't think that it being fantastic and [TS]

00:15:08   you loving it doesn't mean it's not [TS]

00:15:09   crazy it's but it isn't crazy isn't [TS]

00:15:12   crazy because I have very good reasons [TS]

00:15:13   for the front [TS]

00:15:14   way that I do it i don't have good [TS]

00:15:16   reasons to be running two phones and [TS]

00:15:18   four watches so it's not going to happen [TS]

00:15:19   even though I know that you would love [TS]

00:15:21   it for podcasting purposes and the [TS]

00:15:24   inevitable argument the inevitable [TS]

00:15:27   argument was the obvious one [TS]

00:15:33   I their android can give you what you [TS]

00:15:35   want right [TS]

00:15:36   it is the inevitable argument anytime we [TS]

00:15:39   have a complaint about anything [TS]

00:15:40   apple-related but the level which [TS]

00:15:45   android can give you what you want here [TS]

00:15:47   is far greater than i would have assumed [TS]

00:15:50   because in my experience of playing [TS]

00:15:52   around of Android it felt to me that [TS]

00:15:54   like the notification problems with the [TS]

00:15:56   same but I had not one deep enough great [TS]

00:15:59   because you have one of the google pixel [TS]

00:16:01   phones right I do [TS]

00:16:02   yes and I maybe I wasn't looking because [TS]

00:16:06   I didn't think such a thing could exist [TS]

00:16:08   but it does so I asked for some [TS]

00:16:11   assistance and some guidance from the [TS]

00:16:13   people in the reddit thread to try and [TS]

00:16:15   give me some information for how [TS]

00:16:19   notifications work on Android so you can [TS]

00:16:23   definitely have settings on a nap by at [TS]

00:16:25   basis about what notifies here who has [TS]

00:16:28   one thing you can do but then they also [TS]

00:16:30   have a whole system called priority apps [TS]

00:16:32   who and this is where it gets kind of [TS]

00:16:35   incredible priority apps can break [TS]

00:16:36   through your do not disturb barrier you [TS]

00:16:40   can set that you can set that the [TS]

00:16:42   priority app notifications to activate [TS]

00:16:44   and deactivate certain times [TS]

00:16:47   this is all built into the system let [TS]

00:16:49   alone the things that you can do to hack [TS]

00:16:50   on it right and also in the latest [TS]

00:16:53   version of Android there is a six-tier [TS]

00:16:55   importance level system including [TS]

00:16:59   showing what can and can't be shown on [TS]

00:17:01   lockscreen 60r16 a separate even I feel [TS]

00:17:05   like that's quite a lot that's quite a [TS]

00:17:07   lot of years but this is the thing I [TS]

00:17:10   think of all of the arguments because we [TS]

00:17:12   get this argument a lot right you like [TS]

00:17:14   pencil support you should use a surface [TS]

00:17:16   right okay [TS]

00:17:18   but it really does feel to me like that [TS]

00:17:21   this is such a fundamental frustration [TS]

00:17:23   for you who it it's solved there and and [TS]

00:17:29   I i just i want and i know the problem [TS]

00:17:32   the problem of this is the exact same [TS]

00:17:34   problem of the day for my phone is the [TS]

00:17:36   Apple watch the Apple watches the [TS]

00:17:37   problem but it is just interesting to me [TS]

00:17:40   to see just the level of which android [TS]

00:17:43   solve this problem and then the level of [TS]

00:17:46   which apple is ignoring it [TS]

00:17:48   yeah i think it's interesting like that [TS]

00:17:49   there is a way more in-depth granularity [TS]

00:17:54   than I would have expected as well that [TS]

00:17:55   this is this is definitely a case where [TS]

00:17:58   you and I are like iOS peasants we're [TS]

00:18:01   asking for a single level of the ability [TS]

00:18:04   to break do not disturb and android is [TS]

00:18:07   over there it's like looking at me with [TS]

00:18:08   my six levels right i have levels [TS]

00:18:10   despair and I guess this is definitely a [TS]

00:18:13   case of were like android wins this one [TS]

00:18:15   but I've always I've always acknowledged [TS]

00:18:17   like if you want a bunch of settings [TS]

00:18:19   like that is your primary concern is the [TS]

00:18:22   ability to fiddle with and make [TS]

00:18:26   everything exactly the way you want it [TS]

00:18:28   android is is the choice for you and I [TS]

00:18:31   think this is partly why i like people [TS]

00:18:33   go a little bit crazy why I'm not an [TS]

00:18:34   android person because they think I'm [TS]

00:18:37   that person with everything but like in [TS]

00:18:38   this is a case where I am NOT that [TS]

00:18:41   person I have other priorities [TS]

00:18:44   aside from just like the sheer number of [TS]

00:18:45   settings that are available but this [TS]

00:18:47   large this this goes mostly straight to [TS]

00:18:51   this core of this frustration of there [TS]

00:18:55   are definitely many places in iOS where [TS]

00:18:57   it feels like it's a little neglected [TS]

00:18:59   that gets a little cranky [TS]

00:19:01   it's a little cold and the notifications [TS]

00:19:04   area is definitely one of those places [TS]

00:19:06   and this this is like a comical [TS]

00:19:08   disparity then in the amount of [TS]

00:19:10   granularity that you have an Android [TS]

00:19:12   versus the amount of granularity that [TS]

00:19:13   you have an iOS yeah I I expected that [TS]

00:19:17   this problem is solvable and android [TS]

00:19:19   right because they all seem to be right [TS]

00:19:22   every problem you have can be solved on [TS]

00:19:24   Android but it's usually with like you [TS]

00:19:26   gotta root your phone and use the [TS]

00:19:28   Android development tools but no this [TS]

00:19:30   was just built [TS]

00:19:31   right into the system yeah that's that's [TS]

00:19:33   the big difference is this is not this [TS]

00:19:35   is not [TS]

00:19:36   oh you're hacking around with your own [TS]

00:19:37   phone this this is just built in and [TS]

00:19:40   that does make a huge difference and so [TS]

00:19:42   I hope Apple is listening [TS]

00:19:45   hi i hope that they think about adding [TS]

00:19:48   some more features to iOS and the [TS]

00:19:50   ability to break through do not disturb [TS]

00:19:52   or have more granularity in the settings [TS]

00:19:54   I am NOT hopeful but i hope that it is [TS]

00:19:57   something that will change eventually [TS]

00:19:59   but I'm hoping that because I'm not [TS]

00:20:01   switching to android anytime soon [TS]

00:20:03   even though apparently would solve every [TS]

00:20:05   single one of my problems but this [TS]

00:20:07   episode is brought to you by lava from [TS]

00:20:10   artificial intelligence doomsday [TS]

00:20:11   theories two puppies wearing fedoras of [TS]

00:20:14   a two million blog posts covering every [TS]

00:20:17   topic imaginable published every single [TS]

00:20:20   day [TS]

00:20:20   that's why it's so important to have a [TS]

00:20:22   great domain name that stands above all [TS]

00:20:24   the noise as in November 21st the [TS]

00:20:27   much-anticipated dot blog domain [TS]

00:20:29   extension is now available for [TS]

00:20:31   registration [TS]

00:20:32   however this means you'll have much [TS]

00:20:34   better chance of finding your first [TS]

00:20:36   choice of a unique relevant a memorable [TS]

00:20:38   name for your blog if you go right now [TS]

00:20:40   plus autoblog domains come with all the [TS]

00:20:43   great things you'd expect a hover like [TS]

00:20:44   free who is privacy no heavy-handed [TS]

00:20:47   upselling and their trademark no wait no [TS]

00:20:49   hold no transfer phone support to [TS]

00:20:51   register your own dot blog domain head [TS]

00:20:53   over to Harvard calm and use the promo [TS]

00:20:55   code cottage to save ten percent on your [TS]

00:20:58   first order other domain names for your [TS]

00:21:00   ideas thank you so much harder for their [TS]

00:21:02   support of this show every layer fan [TS]

00:21:05   alright so last time on the show we [TS]

00:21:09   promised and ask cortex special for [TS]

00:21:11   court xmas so i wanted to get all of our [TS]

00:21:13   follow-up out of the way so we've [TS]

00:21:15   cleared the stage for the court xmas [TS]

00:21:19   break so that's all dealt with now and i [TS]

00:21:23   do not feel like it would be hyperbole [TS]

00:21:26   to say that i have been inundated with [TS]

00:21:28   questions far more than i expected to [TS]

00:21:32   receive so we're good on a score text [TS]

00:21:34   for a while but keep sending them in any [TS]

00:21:36   way [TS]

00:21:37   my favorite question was why are we [TS]

00:21:40   sending all the questions to Mike and [TS]

00:21:42   not to the both of you and everything [TS]

00:21:44   like because Mike is much better at [TS]

00:21:47   organizing all of this stuff than I am [TS]

00:21:50   at the head of the question number one [TS]

00:21:51   this is the answer [TS]

00:21:53   mike has a big document full of tons of [TS]

00:21:56   questions nicely indented nicely bullet [TS]

00:21:59   pointed yep i would never create this so [TS]

00:22:02   thank you Mike for arranging all of this [TS]

00:22:04   sorted rewritten highlighted I was also [TS]

00:22:08   very surprised great i only received one [TS]

00:22:10   question by email [TS]

00:22:12   that's fantastic isn't that what you [TS]

00:22:13   want yeah but that question was tweet [TS]

00:22:15   length so I have no idea why I came to [TS]

00:22:17   me by email but it did it was exactly [TS]

00:22:20   what I wanted [TS]

00:22:21   many people many many many people use [TS]

00:22:24   the hashtag and many many many people [TS]

00:22:27   use the reddit I appreciate the people [TS]

00:22:30   who were trying to group the questions [TS]

00:22:32   up for me that was very nice of you but [TS]

00:22:35   I have a vast array of questions here [TS]

00:22:38   for the two of us to go through so [TS]

00:22:40   starting off with Justin Justin asked [TS]

00:22:44   can you give us a full rundown of the [TS]

00:22:46   applications you're currently using for [TS]

00:22:47   tracking your time and/or making you [TS]

00:22:50   more efficient at work i am also [TS]

00:22:53   interested in this because I want to get [TS]

00:22:55   into time tracking a little bit more [TS]

00:22:57   sometime after court xmas and to trying [TS]

00:23:00   to understand where my time is going and [TS]

00:23:04   maybe what is best used in and trying to [TS]

00:23:07   maybe work out that scary figure that [TS]

00:23:10   you have of what my time is actually [TS]

00:23:12   worth in money but one year later you [TS]

00:23:16   might actually do this okay fantastic [TS]

00:23:18   it's you have I think you have to go [TS]

00:23:21   through a whole process before you want [TS]

00:23:22   to start doing stuff like this and I'm [TS]

00:23:25   also a little bit scared of what I'll [TS]

00:23:27   find out but yeah something I definitely [TS]

00:23:29   want to do so what are you currently [TS]

00:23:31   using for time tracking but before we [TS]

00:23:35   before we get to that I do you just want [TS]

00:23:36   to reiterate that for anybody who does [TS]

00:23:39   the what is your time actually worth [TS]

00:23:41   calculation [TS]

00:23:42   like I'm teasing like about putting it [TS]

00:23:44   off but I've done this with the number [TS]

00:23:46   of people and people are in some sense [TS]

00:23:51   like rights to feel hesitant about doing [TS]

00:23:54   this and hesitant about really facing it [TS]

00:23:56   straight on because it can be terrifying [TS]

00:24:01   and life-changing in all kinds of [TS]

00:24:05   positive and negative ways and and like [TS]

00:24:08   to really put a number on your time so I [TS]

00:24:11   I kid you but I do understand why [TS]

00:24:14   there's a lot of mental resistance about [TS]

00:24:17   doing this kind of thing because it's [TS]

00:24:19   like your life will never quite be the [TS]

00:24:20   same after as before when you really sit [TS]

00:24:23   down and and value your time per hour [TS]

00:24:26   like it it can't help but become a thing [TS]

00:24:29   that lodges in your brain and changes [TS]

00:24:32   the way you think about a lot of stuff [TS]

00:24:33   because i can't the thing right to I [TS]

00:24:35   work in a creative field so there's a [TS]

00:24:38   lot of stuff that I do which doesn't [TS]

00:24:41   make money or doesn't make as much money [TS]

00:24:43   as other things like for example my [TS]

00:24:46   youtube channel like my youtube channel [TS]

00:24:49   would right now just be a black hole [TS]

00:24:53   yeah from a financial perspective and [TS]

00:24:57   it's like if i find that figure out I [TS]

00:25:00   don't want it to roll my life but just [TS]

00:25:03   to inform it right [TS]

00:25:05   yeah and so that's why I've been [TS]

00:25:06   hesitant of it yeah that that's the real [TS]

00:25:09   key is that you have to understand this [TS]

00:25:11   as like I say with a lot of the things [TS]

00:25:13   that I have set up for myself there they [TS]

00:25:15   are guidelines they are not rules [TS]

00:25:18   because you lose your mind of stuff i [TS]

00:25:20   was like a rule that you have to follow [TS]

00:25:22   all the time but so after all of that [TS]

00:25:26   preamble I have nothing to help you like [TS]

00:25:30   alright nothing to help you as you get [TS]

00:25:32   has because I would actually love to [TS]

00:25:36   hear from people what they use for time [TS]

00:25:39   tracking because i have gone through [TS]

00:25:41   various phases of tracking my time in [TS]

00:25:43   different ways over the years and what [TS]

00:25:46   would I find occurs is that as the [TS]

00:25:50   nature of my work changes i eventually [TS]

00:25:52   find that there's some some limitation [TS]

00:25:54   about the way I'm doing [TS]

00:25:56   I'm tracking which isn't working for my [TS]

00:25:57   current work that did work for my old [TS]

00:26:00   work I've gone through like three phases [TS]

00:26:01   of this you you were using like a Rube [TS]

00:26:05   Goldberg machine triggered by lon sent a [TS]

00:26:08   pro when you like a long time ago [TS]

00:26:10   yeah yeah well this is this is in [TS]

00:26:12   modified versions Launch Center pro has [TS]

00:26:15   been at the heart of what I've used for [TS]

00:26:18   a while but it's been connecting two [TS]

00:26:20   different systems behind the scenes and [TS]

00:26:24   I basically i have come up against a [TS]

00:26:27   kind of limitation about this recently [TS]

00:26:28   because for various ways that my [TS]

00:26:31   business has changed i want to be able [TS]

00:26:33   to do more granular tracking on a [TS]

00:26:35   project basis i need to know more [TS]

00:26:39   specifically than just here is the time [TS]

00:26:42   that I spend on youtube like I want to [TS]

00:26:43   be able to narrow that down to time [TS]

00:26:47   spent on a particular video as a subset [TS]

00:26:49   of YouTube and the the system I had [TS]

00:26:52   built for myself in the past couldn't [TS]

00:26:54   handle this very well and so i was aware [TS]

00:26:57   that i needed to change time tracking [TS]

00:27:00   systems as the year was going on and [TS]

00:27:02   then as i was working on that rules for [TS]

00:27:06   rulers video and I was aware like all of [TS]

00:27:09   my time is being spent thinking about [TS]

00:27:11   working on this project i was aware that [TS]

00:27:14   even thinking about time tracking was [TS]

00:27:16   just nonsensical during that time [TS]

00:27:18   because it's like well i guess i'll just [TS]

00:27:19   write down six weeks all the time [TS]

00:27:22   because i can't release this and so I [TS]

00:27:24   actually made a conscious decision to [TS]

00:27:26   stop time tracking sort of halfway [TS]

00:27:28   through that project and put time [TS]

00:27:31   tracking aside until I have figured out [TS]

00:27:33   a new system that has the features that [TS]

00:27:36   I'm looking for so i don't have any [TS]

00:27:38   particular tools to recommend for you [TS]

00:27:40   and I I to and exactly in the world of [TS]

00:27:44   looking into what are the options out [TS]

00:27:48   there i think i do have a bunch of like [TS]

00:27:50   particularly picky things that I want [TS]

00:27:52   like I kind of want to be able to set [TS]

00:27:54   timers like that's very much how I work [TS]

00:27:56   and that seems to be how no time [TS]

00:27:59   tracking software works but i'll be very [TS]

00:28:00   curious to see like what do people [TS]

00:28:02   recommend in the comments for software [TS]

00:28:06   that is [TS]

00:28:06   easy to use and detailed with time [TS]

00:28:09   tracking so i'll tell you the tall that [TS]

00:28:12   our mutual friend federico is using and [TS]

00:28:14   the one that I want to try is called [TS]

00:28:17   toggle do GTL and it is a time tracking [TS]

00:28:22   application that has apps for all the [TS]

00:28:26   major platforms but also a bunch of [TS]

00:28:28   integration with other systems and an [TS]

00:28:30   API that okay see that's that's very [TS]

00:28:33   interesting [TS]

00:28:34   that's very interesting so I mean I know [TS]

00:28:37   that he has been leveraging the API and [TS]

00:28:40   it's integrations with automation [TS]

00:28:41   services likes a pia it doesn't have an [TS]

00:28:43   ifttt integration unfortunately he's [TS]

00:28:46   been using that to track his time and it [TS]

00:28:49   was when he started doing it and show me [TS]

00:28:51   what he was doing that kind of pushed me [TS]

00:28:52   over the edge because it wasn't just my [TS]

00:28:55   crazy friend gray who was doing at [TS]

00:28:58   federico started doing it too [TS]

00:28:59   ok you know yeah because there are so [TS]

00:29:02   many things that you do that i like not [TS]

00:29:05   for normal people [TS]

00:29:07   no but it seems like here's my [TS]

00:29:08   perspective on this you think that there [TS]

00:29:10   are all these things that i do that are [TS]

00:29:12   not for normal people but slowly but [TS]

00:29:14   surely in our time together yeah you [TS]

00:29:16   pick up more and more of them probably [TS]

00:29:18   I'm for coming just like you it's [TS]

00:29:20   horrific all started out crazy [TS]

00:29:22   yeah but then eventually you talk to me [TS]

00:29:25   long enough and you see the [TS]

00:29:26   reasonableness of what I do so I know [TS]

00:29:29   but they have isn't there is an element [TS]

00:29:30   of my life where I realize I can't [TS]

00:29:33   blindly follow here because I'm but I'm [TS]

00:29:37   not asking for blind faith right that's [TS]

00:29:39   why I'm so convincing is I'm just trying [TS]

00:29:41   to show you the reasons for why do [TS]

00:29:42   things I'm not asking for your blind [TS]

00:29:44   faith [TS]

00:29:45   I don't want your blood for you so now i [TS]

00:29:47   have decided that this is the thing I [TS]

00:29:49   want to do and this is a service time [TS]

00:29:50   thinking about trying so this is going [TS]

00:29:52   to be the one that i may be dipped my [TS]

00:29:54   toe into the water with especially [TS]

00:29:56   considering you have no options so maybe [TS]

00:29:58   you can try this and tell me what you [TS]

00:30:00   think of it as well but I've seen some [TS]

00:30:02   of the charts and graphs and such that [TS]

00:30:04   this app producers and it seems very [TS]

00:30:06   interesting [TS]

00:30:08   I i like that provided the bottom of the [TS]

00:30:11   very first page one of their features is [TS]

00:30:12   like timer integrations that sounds [TS]

00:30:14   interesting cells sounds a very [TS]

00:30:17   interesting indeed and if [TS]

00:30:18   it it is able to be tied into other [TS]

00:30:21   services [TS]

00:30:22   it sounds like it's the kind of thing [TS]

00:30:24   that maybe i can i can build on top of [TS]

00:30:26   it precisely what i need so i can let [TS]

00:30:28   kick something off from a button on iOS [TS]

00:30:31   so i will definitely be looking into [TS]

00:30:33   this as well Jase Jake row on right up [TS]

00:30:39   this is one of the problems we've read [TS]

00:30:40   it by the way like when people tweet me [TS]

00:30:42   their questions they usually have their [TS]

00:30:44   names attached to them so i can just [TS]

00:30:45   look at their user profile and grab [TS]

00:30:47   their name doesn't happen read it so [TS]

00:30:50   lots of interesting usernames yeah but [TS]

00:30:53   the reddit that I don't think that's a [TS]

00:30:54   problem rather that's a feature of [TS]

00:30:55   reddit is that people have hilarious [TS]

00:30:57   usernames all I know it's a feature for [TS]

00:30:59   read it but it's less of a feature when [TS]

00:31:01   you're trying to read them in your Q&A [TS]

00:31:03   section of your podcast makes more [TS]

00:31:05   you're just lucky you didn't get any of [TS]

00:31:07   those PM me your whatever usernames [TS]

00:31:09   right that's too many of those on reddit [TS]

00:31:11   I don't even know what that's about for [TS]

00:31:13   the name of us stay away from that [TS]

00:31:15   yes it's not for you Jake girl asked I [TS]

00:31:18   would love to hear about some of the [TS]

00:31:20   checklist spaced workflow z both have [TS]

00:31:22   this could include templates repeating [TS]

00:31:24   items I have a checklist the phrase I [TS]

00:31:27   have a checklist is a famous great quote [TS]

00:31:29   that has been discovered around for some [TS]

00:31:30   time now so i will kick things off her [TS]

00:31:34   and the main checklist that I have like [TS]

00:31:37   standard checklist is the jet clothes [TS]

00:31:40   that i created for this show [TS]

00:31:43   uh-huh so I have an OmniFocus template [TS]

00:31:46   which is triggered by a workflow action [TS]

00:31:48   which I will obviously not share with [TS]

00:31:50   you which goes through detail by detail [TS]

00:31:53   what it takes to publish this show and [TS]

00:31:55   it includes things like checking out the [TS]

00:31:57   music is corrected in the right places [TS]

00:31:59   processing the file uploading the file [TS]

00:32:01   to our website and uploading the file to [TS]

00:32:04   our audio provider and making sure the [TS]

00:32:07   show notes are right and then create the [TS]

00:32:09   youtube video post the youtube video [TS]

00:32:11   here the 75,000 things you need to do [TS]

00:32:13   when you post a youtube video it's all [TS]

00:32:15   in there and I trigger that every time I [TS]

00:32:18   on a monday morning when I publish the [TS]

00:32:20   show and I have all of the lists there [TS]

00:32:22   and I just take them off as I go [TS]

00:32:24   that's one of my checklists that's [TS]

00:32:26   triggered in OmniFocus my other big [TS]

00:32:28   checklist is my packing checklist when i [TS]

00:32:30   pea or something and that lives [TS]

00:32:32   and clear and out over time that list [TS]

00:32:35   just gets added to and added to and [TS]

00:32:37   clear i find to be a really nice [TS]

00:32:40   application for this sort of stuff it [TS]

00:32:41   lives off in a folder on my second [TS]

00:32:43   screen and i only use it for this [TS]

00:32:44   packing checklist but i like it a lot [TS]

00:32:47   more than something like OmniFocus [TS]

00:32:48   because it is like this purpose built [TS]

00:32:50   this is my packing checklist application [TS]

00:32:53   and i can add to it really easily and i [TS]

00:32:55   get satisfying sounds to play every time [TS]

00:32:57   I type my shooters yeah i still [TS]

00:33:00   recommend clear all the time when people [TS]

00:33:01   are asking for just a simple checklist [TS]

00:33:02   on their phone [TS]

00:33:03   I think it's a really great lap and i [TS]

00:33:06   use it for a few things i do wish they [TS]

00:33:08   would update for the ipad pro that would [TS]

00:33:10   be great i think it's dead prey [TS]

00:33:12   I know instead but I'm just I'm just [TS]

00:33:14   hoping right it's like it hasn't been [TS]

00:33:16   updated in like two years [TS]

00:33:17   i assume is dead but i'm just a big [TS]

00:33:19   hoping yeah I don't think they make [TS]

00:33:22   anymore [TS]

00:33:23   yeah no I think it's over I i agree with [TS]

00:33:24   you there so I don't use it for [TS]

00:33:26   repeating list i use it for a couple [TS]

00:33:27   things but yeah I have a travel [TS]

00:33:29   checklist to like I think if anybody if [TS]

00:33:31   anybody needs like a starter drug to why [TS]

00:33:34   you should have a checklist [TS]

00:33:36   it's your travel checklist the webpage [TS]

00:33:38   for clear on the developers website it [TS]

00:33:42   doesn't even loading more [TS]

00:33:44   oh god I'm sorry great it is actually [TS]

00:33:47   bears wow ok [TS]

00:33:49   wow that is that is actually yeah yeah [TS]

00:33:51   what a shame you know [TS]

00:33:53   oh well I was gonna do a travel [TS]

00:33:56   checklist is by far and away the best [TS]

00:33:59   return on investment introduction you're [TS]

00:34:01   ever going to get to a checklist weekend [TS]

00:34:04   it's just it's just such a sweet spot [TS]

00:34:05   because the thing that you do often [TS]

00:34:08   enough that you think you're going to [TS]

00:34:10   remember everything but not often enough [TS]

00:34:12   that you actually will and the travel [TS]

00:34:14   checklist is such a living document of [TS]

00:34:17   every time you pack you can just add a [TS]

00:34:19   bunch of other stuff to it and so my [TS]

00:34:21   travel checklist is ridiculously long [TS]

00:34:23   but it's because it includes a ton of [TS]

00:34:26   items that are not intended for every [TS]

00:34:29   trip [TS]

00:34:30   yeah but are there to just be like just [TS]

00:34:32   run through this right [TS]

00:34:33   every single time it's like the travel [TS]

00:34:35   insurance is on there like do you need [TS]

00:34:37   this thing everytime know but just like [TS]

00:34:39   check and take a quick look there's a [TS]

00:34:41   bunch of stuff that's on there that's [TS]

00:34:42   specific to from traveling to the US [TS]

00:34:43   that doesn't need to be there every time [TS]

00:34:45   but i just want to run [TS]

00:34:46   through this massive one so i think [TS]

00:34:48   that's that is really what everybody [TS]

00:34:50   should start with if you want to build [TS]

00:34:52   some kind of checklist to use all the [TS]

00:34:54   time i guess if this person is asking [TS]

00:34:58   like what my general checklists are like [TS]

00:34:59   that the big three checklist for me or [TS]

00:35:03   are unsurprisingly like the three [TS]

00:35:05   related to the projects in my life right [TS]

00:35:06   there [TS]

00:35:07   the cortex checklist the hello Internet [TS]

00:35:08   checklist and the youtube video [TS]

00:35:10   checklist and the youtube video one is [TS]

00:35:12   is the biggest one by far the most [TS]

00:35:14   in-depth but those ones i'm constantly [TS]

00:35:18   tweaking every time i go through one of [TS]

00:35:22   those processes to figure out like what [TS]

00:35:25   is the best order or to just make it [TS]

00:35:27   work a little bit better in OmniFocus [TS]

00:35:28   for the way that I wanted to work those [TS]

00:35:30   are the big ones [TS]

00:35:31   there's a few other minor ones that i [TS]

00:35:34   have one of which is actually I just I [TS]

00:35:37   just invoked today which is that I have [TS]

00:35:39   a like a monthly financial checklist [TS]

00:35:42   which is going through a bunch of the [TS]

00:35:46   bank accounts and the numbers for both [TS]

00:35:48   the personal accounts and the business [TS]

00:35:51   bank accounts and making sure there's [TS]

00:35:52   enough money in my personal account to [TS]

00:35:54   pay the rent and checking up on a bunch [TS]

00:35:56   of other stuff like that's another [TS]

00:35:58   perfect case for me of a thing that I do [TS]

00:36:00   often enough but not often enough to [TS]

00:36:03   remember all the fiddly little details [TS]

00:36:05   what has to happen in your life to make [TS]

00:36:07   you create a checklist like that do you [TS]

00:36:09   do them proactively or reactively I [TS]

00:36:13   don't know what you mean by your [TS]

00:36:14   business speak they're like I just is [TS]

00:36:17   not difficult like so for example the [TS]

00:36:20   financial checklist did you create that [TS]

00:36:21   because you thought something bad might [TS]

00:36:24   happen or did you want not have enough [TS]

00:36:26   money in your bank account so you like [TS]

00:36:28   all I need to create this checklist [TS]

00:36:29   well ok so i guess what which are asking [TS]

00:36:32   for their is what I'm what I'm looking [TS]

00:36:35   for in my life is a feeling of am I [TS]

00:36:39   trying to remember something now and and [TS]

00:36:42   so when I would go through the finances [TS]

00:36:45   i don't know exactly when I started this [TS]

00:36:47   checklist I feel like this one is recent [TS]

00:36:51   ish as it may be in the last two years [TS]

00:36:54   like this is not a checklist that has [TS]

00:36:56   existed for forever [TS]

00:36:57   and i know that i would have started [TS]

00:37:01   doing it because of this feeling like [TS]

00:37:02   when i'm doing this i'm trying to [TS]

00:37:04   remember what the next step is and that [TS]

00:37:07   is just like a red flag in my system [TS]

00:37:09   like you shouldn't ever be trying to [TS]

00:37:11   remember what a thing is because that [TS]

00:37:13   that's an indication that this isn't [TS]

00:37:15   routine enough that you don't need a [TS]

00:37:17   checklist [TS]

00:37:18   I it's even frequent enough and [TS]

00:37:20   complicated enough that you just can't [TS]

00:37:22   pull this out of your head every single [TS]

00:37:23   time and so if I have that kind of [TS]

00:37:26   feeling that's an indication that maybe [TS]

00:37:28   i should think about a checklist for [TS]

00:37:30   this thing and so that's that's how i'll [TS]

00:37:33   end up getting started with it and [TS]

00:37:34   they're really really easy for me to [TS]

00:37:36   make I mean that the checklist exists [TS]

00:37:38   just as a series of text documents in [TS]

00:37:40   dropbox that I use like a little [TS]

00:37:42   workflow action to pull into OmniFocus i [TS]

00:37:45   would like they're very very easy to [TS]

00:37:46   just make one really quickly and and to [TS]

00:37:49   just try it out but that's the key thing [TS]

00:37:52   like is there a repeated thing that [TS]

00:37:55   isn't repeated often enough to be [TS]

00:37:56   routine and is complicated enough to [TS]

00:37:59   more into checklist or are like that is [TS]

00:38:01   the spacing in time very far [TS]

00:38:04   like I actually have on the flip side of [TS]

00:38:07   it like you're barely a very short [TS]

00:38:09   checklist is I have a little checklist [TS]

00:38:11   for reading books which I think people [TS]

00:38:14   will find very strange down the page [TS]

00:38:16   check time to pay your debts [TS]

00:38:18   yeah but that this is because reading [TS]

00:38:23   books is part of my professional life [TS]

00:38:25   like this is important for my actual job [TS]

00:38:27   and this connects into like I have a [TS]

00:38:31   little process for taking notes [TS]

00:38:34   what I want to do with those notes what [TS]

00:38:35   making notes to myself for actionable [TS]

00:38:38   items in the future and then getting [TS]

00:38:40   that book into my whole complicated and [TS]

00:38:42   somewhat sad Evernote system like that [TS]

00:38:46   checklist is not really long i think [TS]

00:38:49   it's maybe only four or five items but [TS]

00:38:51   it can be spaced out over a very long [TS]

00:38:54   time between when I start reading a book [TS]

00:38:56   and when I finished reading the book so [TS]

00:38:58   it just acts like a little placeholder [TS]

00:38:59   in my system for this is a book that is [TS]

00:39:02   like quote active in some sense and i [TS]

00:39:05   can know where i am like I am I still [TS]

00:39:06   just reading this book that I finished [TS]

00:39:07   the book if I have finished the book [TS]

00:39:10   there are [TS]

00:39:11   two or three little steps that I just [TS]

00:39:12   want to do and make sure that they're [TS]

00:39:14   done so that's another case of of it of [TS]

00:39:16   a checklist is good but I don't actually [TS]

00:39:17   have a tremendous amount of them [TS]

00:39:20   it'sit's just where they pay off in [TS]

00:39:23   these various situations that is my jam [TS]

00:39:25   ask appends great use to use the Apple [TS]

00:39:28   pencil is what i use you use a pen [TS]

00:39:32   surely like if you have to sign [TS]

00:39:34   something [TS]

00:39:35   well these are a specific 10 well when [TS]

00:39:39   we first met each other back before the [TS]

00:39:43   Apple pencil existed [TS]

00:39:44   yeah i was asking you for Penn [TS]

00:39:46   recommendations because i heard you're a [TS]

00:39:49   guy with some knowledge in this world [TS]

00:39:51   and we started a process by which i was [TS]

00:39:55   trying different pens that you were [TS]

00:39:57   lending to me and as time went on [TS]

00:40:01   eventually the Apple pencil became a [TS]

00:40:03   rumor and then an actual thing and I [TS]

00:40:05   felt like I just don't really have [TS]

00:40:07   enough of a need to have a pen that I [TS]

00:40:10   use all the time because you were [TS]

00:40:11   looking for a pen to write on your paper [TS]

00:40:13   script i will ya i was looking for [TS]

00:40:16   something to physically work with actual [TS]

00:40:19   paper for the times that I print out and [TS]

00:40:22   work on the script by hand and now the [TS]

00:40:24   Apple pencil has solved that for me like [TS]

00:40:26   i can do that entirely on the ipad and [TS]

00:40:28   so that has eliminated ninety-nine [TS]

00:40:31   percent of the time that I would ever [TS]

00:40:33   use a pen and so now it is entirely down [TS]

00:40:37   to signing cards and filling out that [TS]

00:40:41   little form for going into the united [TS]

00:40:43   states like these are the only times [TS]

00:40:44   that i use an actual penoso you know [TS]

00:40:47   justjust in our in our house like in [TS]

00:40:50   every house in the world there's a jar [TS]

00:40:51   which has a couple of rain dependent [TS]

00:40:53   which I have no idea where they even [TS]

00:40:54   came from and on the rare occasion i [TS]

00:40:57   need to sign something I just grab one [TS]

00:40:59   of those and just sign something so I [TS]

00:41:00   don't have a pen that i use so I'm sorry [TS]

00:41:03   I have no answer for you I'm sure mike [TS]

00:41:06   has a very thorough answer for you i [TS]

00:41:08   will recommend a pen that I recommended [TS]

00:41:11   to you that I think you did actually [TS]

00:41:12   like which is appended our recommend [TS]

00:41:15   everyone there is a line of pens called [TS]

00:41:18   the retro 51 tornado they have a very [TS]

00:41:21   cool look to them there are a million [TS]

00:41:23   different styles [TS]

00:41:24   and if you get the retro 51 tornado the [TS]

00:41:27   regular version it has one of the best [TS]

00:41:29   refills i've ever used and these things [TS]

00:41:31   range from like 15 to 40 dollars [TS]

00:41:34   depending on the type of style that you [TS]

00:41:35   want to go for i recommend that pen is [TS]

00:41:38   an awesome pen it looks good feels good [TS]

00:41:40   what's good every single time [TS]

00:41:41   yeah a little short remember that one I [TS]

00:41:44   felt it was a little short in my hand [TS]

00:41:46   but it was a bit of the solid pen but [TS]

00:41:47   they also then make a bigger one which I [TS]

00:41:49   just talking right like that they have [TS]

00:41:51   that they have a whole range of these [TS]

00:41:53   things and make big ones make small ones [TS]

00:41:55   make them ones that make fat ones like [TS]

00:41:56   it would like to stand or tornado is the [TS]

00:41:59   one that i recommend to most people but [TS]

00:42:01   you might like the tornado big shot [TS]

00:42:03   which is bigger in every dimension [TS]

00:42:05   oh wow tornado big shot how could you [TS]

00:42:08   not like it with a name like that [TS]

00:42:09   exactly [TS]

00:42:12   precocious apprentice asked a long time [TS]

00:42:15   ago on a podcast far far away gray [TS]

00:42:18   mentioned that he was thinking of trying [TS]

00:42:19   scrum instead of his usual GTD type [TS]

00:42:23   method but he never mentioned it again [TS]

00:42:25   I've also seen him looking into combat [TS]

00:42:27   before I'd be interested to hear his [TS]

00:42:30   take on the two systems if you start [TS]

00:42:31   with either of them are cannibalized [TS]

00:42:33   elements turn into his own system i feel [TS]

00:42:36   like this is wrapped up into a much [TS]

00:42:38   bigger discussion we sort of talked [TS]

00:42:39   about that getting things done was [TS]

00:42:43   perfect for me in the phase in my life [TS]

00:42:45   where i first came across it and served [TS]

00:42:48   perfectly for the first five years of my [TS]

00:42:52   adult professional life but has become [TS]

00:42:54   less helpful overtime and yes i did look [TS]

00:42:59   into scrum and I did look into Kanban [TS]

00:43:01   and it was just trying to [TS]

00:43:03   I spent a while trying to read up on [TS]

00:43:06   different kinds of productivity systems [TS]

00:43:09   and [TS]

00:43:11   the thing that I can say that what what [TS]

00:43:15   i have done is I've taken a little bit [TS]

00:43:19   from the this Kanban system which is [TS]

00:43:22   which is this idea of pulling work in [TS]

00:43:26   when there are empty slots and and so I [TS]

00:43:30   can man is this idea i think it is best [TS]

00:43:32   illustrated by this idea and like a [TS]

00:43:33   hospital where you can imagine you have [TS]

00:43:35   a tray of medical medications like [TS]

00:43:37   little packets of medication that come [TS]

00:43:39   out of a drawer and at a certain point [TS]

00:43:40   there's a little card that goes in the [TS]

00:43:43   drawer and when you get to the card that [TS]

00:43:45   card is an indication that it is time to [TS]

00:43:47   order more medication right so it's like [TS]

00:43:50   you have when you get to a certain level [TS]

00:43:52   of emptiness like you bring on new [TS]

00:43:54   projects and so I do have a little bit [TS]

00:43:57   of a pole system setup just in that i am [TS]

00:44:01   thinking in terms of like i have three [TS]

00:44:04   videos that I'm working on which are [TS]

00:44:06   like slots and so when one slot becomes [TS]

00:44:09   free i try to then evaluate the next [TS]

00:44:11   video that's going to go into that slot [TS]

00:44:14   for something that I'm going to work on [TS]

00:44:16   but i can't say that i really have [TS]

00:44:18   anything formal that i can describe [TS]

00:44:22   right now like I'm i'm in the i'm in the [TS]

00:44:25   realm of i have a system that is working [TS]

00:44:27   relatively well for me but I can't like [TS]

00:44:31   lay out a bunch of rules for people [TS]

00:44:33   about like oh here it here is my system [TS]

00:44:35   I written down and formalized and here's [TS]

00:44:38   how you can follow its it's more like [TS]

00:44:39   I've taken some things that work from [TS]

00:44:42   getting things done some ideas from [TS]

00:44:44   Kanban and just simply the most uncaring [TS]

00:44:47   things done thing like that i'm doing [TS]

00:44:49   now which is a much much more heavy [TS]

00:44:51   reliance on the calendar as a planning [TS]

00:44:57   tool as opposed to a appointment only [TS]

00:45:00   tool [TS]

00:45:00   all i can say is I looked into a bunch [TS]

00:45:02   of this stuff and I've taken some useful [TS]

00:45:04   pieces from it but I don't have like a [TS]

00:45:06   really formalized system right now it's [TS]

00:45:09   a great system it is the gray system but [TS]

00:45:12   i am still aware that I I [TS]

00:45:14   I don't like this state of my current [TS]

00:45:18   productivity system and every once in a [TS]

00:45:19   while I do i do try to write it down and [TS]

00:45:23   try to formalize it mainly because i [TS]

00:45:27   think that was a really useful lesson [TS]

00:45:29   from getting things done that sharp [TS]

00:45:32   edges and really clearly defined [TS]

00:45:36   boundaries are extraordinarily helpful [TS]

00:45:39   in these kinds of systems and i'm just [TS]

00:45:41   i'm aware that I've been operating for a [TS]

00:45:43   while with a little bit of fuzzy edges [TS]

00:45:46   for things and i would i would like to [TS]

00:45:49   sort that out I feel like it would be [TS]

00:45:51   beneficial to sort it out but I really [TS]

00:45:54   think that part of the problem is just [TS]

00:45:55   like so much of my job now is actually [TS]

00:45:57   the job itself is extraordinarily fuzzy [TS]

00:46:01   it's it's not as clearly defined as the [TS]

00:46:04   work that I used to do in the past or [TS]

00:46:06   even the work that i did a few years ago [TS]

00:46:08   like I do find myself in lots of [TS]

00:46:10   situations increasingly as time goes on [TS]

00:46:13   we're it's a bit hard to even know like [TS]

00:46:15   is the thing that I'm doing now entirely [TS]

00:46:18   work or not work at all it it's not [TS]

00:46:21   always clear when you're working for [TS]

00:46:23   yourself where some of those boundaries [TS]

00:46:25   are but one of these days i'll try to [TS]

00:46:27   sort this out but it is probably not [TS]

00:46:28   anytime soon [TS]

00:46:29   we mentioned that this season of cortex [TS]

00:46:31   is upon us so Alexis says has asked what [TS]

00:46:36   your systems of holiday decorations at [TS]

00:46:38   home there any policies of light [TS]

00:46:40   arrangements or any traditions that you [TS]

00:46:43   follow so it's interesting for me right [TS]

00:46:45   now because i guess i need to create one [TS]

00:46:48   yeah you do you do or be involved in [TS]

00:46:51   said creation of a holiday lights out [TS]

00:46:55   well I don't think we're going to do it [TS]

00:46:57   this year who because we will be in our [TS]

00:47:00   house for about a week and a half before [TS]

00:47:03   before Christmas and then we're going on [TS]

00:47:06   a trip directly after until the new year [TS]

00:47:09   so it doesn't really feel like there is [TS]

00:47:10   enough time to actually have Christmas [TS]

00:47:13   decorations we did buy a very tiny [TS]

00:47:15   christmas tree which is just for a [TS]

00:47:19   little bit of festive cheer do you have [TS]

00:47:21   you if our their holiday decorations in [TS]

00:47:24   the gray household [TS]

00:47:26   oh yeah of course it's nice to do [TS]

00:47:27   holiday [TS]

00:47:28   decorations it gives a sense of the [TS]

00:47:31   passage of time to change things in that [TS]

00:47:33   way and I I think like seasons and and [TS]

00:47:37   the holidays are psychologically helpful [TS]

00:47:40   it's this one of the reasons why when i [TS]

00:47:42   was living in a wife or a little while [TS]

00:47:44   it drove me crazy because every day is [TS]

00:47:46   the same as every other day forever [TS]

00:47:48   until you die there's just like there's [TS]

00:47:50   no there's no sense of passing time it's [TS]

00:47:53   it was just terrible [TS]

00:47:55   it was awful and and also doing [TS]

00:47:57   christmas in what feels like summer is [TS]

00:47:59   is crazy making for me the holiday [TS]

00:48:02   decorations for Christmas sort of starts [TS]

00:48:05   officially on December fifth which is [TS]

00:48:07   st. Nicholas Day which was a big deal [TS]

00:48:09   for my family because of some Dutch [TS]

00:48:11   background and I feel like Christmas [TS]

00:48:13   decorations should be up from the fifth [TS]

00:48:16   until the first of January that's kind [TS]

00:48:18   of my mental timeframe for when should [TS]

00:48:21   christmas decorations exist but [TS]

00:48:23   sometimes a little bit of bleeding [TS]

00:48:24   outside of those those areas but we [TS]

00:48:28   don't necessarily have a ton of [TS]

00:48:29   Christmas decorations but i think a [TS]

00:48:31   little bit goes a long way like we have [TS]

00:48:33   a we know we usually get a tree we put [TS]

00:48:36   up a couple of stockings and like me on [TS]

00:48:38   Christmas pillows and things and just [TS]

00:48:40   just having a little bit makes a big [TS]

00:48:42   difference [TS]

00:48:43   realtree it is a real tree mmm realtree [TS]

00:48:46   in London is a is a not easy thing to [TS]

00:48:48   achieve I find yeah it is not easy [TS]

00:48:50   things to achieve but it is it is a [TS]

00:48:53   non-negotiable item from my wife that [TS]

00:48:56   the tree will be real and so we do this [TS]

00:48:58   i'm a plastic tray pass [TS]

00:49:00   yeah I i would be a plastic tree person [TS]

00:49:03   to I think it's totally fine but i have [TS]

00:49:06   been brought over to the side of of the [TS]

00:49:09   real treat like it is you have to say it [TS]

00:49:11   is a tremendous hassle it is a real kind [TS]

00:49:14   of pain in the butt but I've gotten used [TS]

00:49:16   to it and I feel like it is kind of nice [TS]

00:49:18   to have a real tree in your house and [TS]

00:49:20   also you know is worth noting that [TS]

00:49:22   considering me and grab of live in [TS]

00:49:23   London there is no decoration of our [TS]

00:49:25   homes because [TS]

00:49:27   what we're gonna do we're gonna hang [TS]

00:49:30   some lights out the window like it's not [TS]

00:49:32   that I don't know why you gonna do yeah [TS]

00:49:34   that's that's the closest you could do [TS]

00:49:35   is put the lights out the window hang a [TS]

00:49:37   bag of lights outside the the kitchen [TS]

00:49:40   window looking out of them [TS]

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00:51:19   thank you so much to tracker for the [TS]

00:51:21   support of this show and really FM rule [TS]

00:51:24   of them exist and I'm a first-year [TS]

00:51:26   engineering student with finals coming [TS]

00:51:28   up and just wanted to ask both yourself [TS]

00:51:30   me and great because all these questions [TS]

00:51:32   were directed to me what are your best [TS]

00:51:34   tips for studying and what did you do to [TS]

00:51:37   study for finals [TS]

00:51:38   I am the wrong [TS]

00:51:39   in person to ask at this question to [TS]

00:51:42   mostly I think because i didn't go to [TS]

00:51:45   university so I'm i have not taken an [TS]

00:51:48   exam in a very long time but also i was [TS]

00:51:53   just not very good at revising yeah I [TS]

00:51:56   only ever really thoroughly revised for [TS]

00:52:01   revising is what British people studying [TS]

00:52:05   I only ever truly revised for subjects [TS]

00:52:10   that had intrinsic facts and figures [TS]

00:52:14   related to them that you had to know to [TS]

00:52:16   pass so maths and some science related [TS]

00:52:22   stuff and history like they were the [TS]

00:52:25   ones that I really revised for because [TS]

00:52:27   if I got the date wrong of such-and-such [TS]

00:52:29   battle that's a mark down who write so I [TS]

00:52:34   didn't really revise the English I i [TS]

00:52:37   actually took one paper in my think my [TS]

00:52:41   GCSE year having never read the book I [TS]

00:52:48   went to the classes where we spoke about [TS]

00:52:51   the book i read some cliff notes about [TS]

00:52:54   the book i just never read the book and [TS]

00:52:58   it was a book cord i think its return of [TS]

00:53:01   the native was the name of the book and [TS]

00:53:05   I really didn't like the book and then [TS]

00:53:10   just never read it and then okay i gotta [TS]

00:53:13   be so it was fine [TS]

00:53:16   ya see that that's that's exactly the [TS]

00:53:19   thing though i do not recommend that [TS]

00:53:22   this system either way I think you have [TS]

00:53:24   to have a thing about you which means [TS]

00:53:27   you can probably get away with this [TS]

00:53:28   and my thing is that i can just waffle [TS]

00:53:31   enough in the right direction that i get [TS]

00:53:34   there eventually [TS]

00:53:36   I don't think that's necessarily works [TS]

00:53:38   for everybody [TS]

00:53:40   yet it depends i mean ok so that like i [TS]

00:53:45   have 2 comments about this it [TS]

00:53:47   the first is ok [TS]

00:53:51   everybody knows this but I think there's [TS]

00:53:53   a thing to really internalize here which [TS]

00:53:55   is when you're studying you are really [TS]

00:53:58   studying for the test right you are not [TS]

00:54:02   studying this subject in general and [TS]

00:54:05   people know this but i don't think they [TS]

00:54:08   always follow what the like the logical [TS]

00:54:09   conclusion to this is you have to revise [TS]

00:54:16   for that test so this means if the you [TS]

00:54:21   have any possible way you need to get [TS]

00:54:25   your hands on old versions of the test [TS]

00:54:27   so if you can get it from previous years [TS]

00:54:31   if it's a standardized tests right get [TS]

00:54:34   your hands on that and go over that [TS]

00:54:38   again and again and again and this is [TS]

00:54:41   what i used to do with with my students [TS]

00:54:43   towards the end of the year when we were [TS]

00:54:45   preparing for their end-of-year exams [TS]

00:54:47   was a very consciously had the kids do [TS]

00:54:53   even the exact same test multiple [TS]

00:54:57   multiple times and this is what the [TS]

00:55:00   studying is like get the answers right [TS]

00:55:02   on previous versions of it do the test [TS]

00:55:06   over and over and my my marker for if [TS]

00:55:09   you're studying on your own for a test [TS]

00:55:10   that really matters is you keep giving [TS]

00:55:12   yourself the exact same test again and [TS]

00:55:14   again until you get a perfect mark and [TS]

00:55:17   the point of this is not so that you [TS]

00:55:21   know all of the things it's the point of [TS]

00:55:24   it is to drill the routine stuff into [TS]

00:55:27   your mind so that it's easy to do so [TS]

00:55:30   that you kind of freed up your brain for [TS]

00:55:32   the actual difficult things on the real [TS]

00:55:34   test that you're going to face now of [TS]

00:55:37   course this does work way better for a [TS]

00:55:39   subject like math or physics write [TS]

00:55:41   something that's real right not not a [TS]

00:55:43   subject that's like English literature [TS]

00:55:46   interpretation because there when you're [TS]

00:55:49   studying for the test [TS]

00:55:51   what you really need to be doing is just [TS]

00:55:54   a kind of mind reading of the [TS]

00:55:56   of the teacher and those those subjects [TS]

00:55:59   are obviously much harder and much more [TS]

00:56:01   frustrating to study for but i think if [TS]

00:56:05   you get into your mind that you're [TS]

00:56:08   really just playing a game called what [TS]

00:56:11   does the teacher want to hear and you're [TS]

00:56:13   not actually discussing like a book or a [TS]

00:56:17   piece of literature i think that's much [TS]

00:56:18   more psychologically easy to deal with [TS]

00:56:20   like okay all i have to do is really [TS]

00:56:22   just try to repeat this person's words [TS]

00:56:25   back to them in a way that doesn't make [TS]

00:56:27   it too obvious that I'm just repeating [TS]

00:56:28   their words back to them [TS]

00:56:30   I like that that's what tests are in the [TS]

00:56:32   more subjective areas and my final piece [TS]

00:56:36   of advice here is if there's if there's [TS]

00:56:38   any kind of project that is like the [TS]

00:56:41   equivalent of a final exam get all of [TS]

00:56:44   the feedback you can from the actual [TS]

00:56:46   teacher on that project because what [TS]

00:56:49   will happen is almost certainly they [TS]

00:56:51   will just tell you to make changes and [TS]

00:56:53   just make those changes right just do [TS]

00:56:55   whatever it is and you will get a better [TS]

00:56:58   mark and like my my favorite example of [TS]

00:57:00   this was I took an art class in college [TS]

00:57:02   at which I was embarrassingly terribly [TS]

00:57:07   bad at art but it was a requirement that [TS]

00:57:08   we had to do and I'm like okay this is [TS]

00:57:12   no way I'm going to pass this by being [TS]

00:57:14   good [TS]

00:57:15   that's certainly not going to happen but [TS]

00:57:16   what I just did all the time was i asked [TS]

00:57:20   the professor like what did she think of [TS]

00:57:21   this and she would just come over and [TS]

00:57:23   and start drawing like on top of my own [TS]

00:57:26   projects and instead of being annoyed [TS]

00:57:29   about that I was always thinking like [TS]

00:57:30   great this is fantastic [TS]

00:57:33   I'm just accepting what she's doing and [TS]

00:57:35   then when she's marking this what is it [TS]

00:57:38   what has occurred is like she's [TS]

00:57:39   psychologically on board with this [TS]

00:57:41   project being good now is exactly right [TS]

00:57:45   like she has added stuff into this and i [TS]

00:57:47   have just followed her and so I'm just [TS]

00:57:51   doing what you told me to do is like I [TS]

00:57:53   got an a-plus in that class right not [TS]

00:57:55   everybody did but I got a perfect score [TS]

00:57:57   because I was always just having her [TS]

00:57:59   come along and just like just tell me [TS]

00:58:01   what to do and I will do it to the best [TS]

00:58:03   of my ability or like you can modify [TS]

00:58:05   this thing directly like go right ahead [TS]

00:58:07   I [TS]

00:58:07   will not be annoyed in the least so [TS]

00:58:10   that's my thoughts if it's a subjective [TS]

00:58:12   subject understand that it's a [TS]

00:58:14   mind-reading game and just do your best [TS]

00:58:17   if it's a real subject with real answers [TS]

00:58:19   just do the old tests over and over and [TS]

00:58:22   over again there's nothing there's [TS]

00:58:24   nothing better that you can do to [TS]

00:58:25   prepare yourself for that [TS]

00:58:27   here's my other key like the reason why [TS]

00:58:29   I think I go on ok was I paid attention [TS]

00:58:31   in class and tests and make me nervous [TS]

00:58:36   whoo that's why i think i was able to do [TS]

00:58:38   what I did and also controlled for [TS]

00:58:42   England just keep it going keep going [TS]

00:58:45   just keep talking to you know it was [TS]

00:58:47   fresh i did a lot of especially if my [TS]

00:58:49   a-levels I did a lot of like just SI [TS]

00:58:51   base courses like I did media politics [TS]

00:58:54   and an English well so just just keep [TS]

00:58:57   writing until the end right you'll get [TS]

00:59:00   them in there you know ski right and [TS]

00:59:02   keep on writing just going just keep [TS]

00:59:04   going [TS]

00:59:04   Charlotte ask but even if you consider [TS]

00:59:07   writing a book if so what would it be [TS]

00:59:10   about [TS]

00:59:11   I know what your answer would be Mike do [TS]

00:59:14   you hear you don't read books there's no [TS]

00:59:16   way you're going to write a book early [TS]

00:59:18   even consider writing a book if I never [TS]

00:59:20   told you that I once started writing a [TS]

00:59:22   book [TS]

00:59:23   I never told you this i don't think so [TS]

00:59:26   many movies this is ringing ringing and [TS]

00:59:28   ever so slight bell but maybe you did [TS]

00:59:30   help telling many years ago I apologize [TS]

00:59:33   if listeners have heard this story [TS]

00:59:35   before [TS]

00:59:36   many years ago I got multiple tens of [TS]

00:59:39   thousands of words into a podcasting [TS]

00:59:42   guide book [TS]

00:59:44   mm ok it by adding I had an publisher [TS]

00:59:49   attached to it like an indie publisher [TS]

00:59:51   like a harpercollins but like an act [TS]

00:59:53   like an actual company that published [TS]

00:59:56   books [TS]

00:59:56   this was before like I books or anything [TS]

00:59:59   yeah [TS]

00:59:59   yeah [TS]

01:00:00   I was going to get an ISBN number and [TS]

01:00:01   everything and they look at that they [TS]

01:00:02   were going to make it in physical paper [TS]

01:00:06   it was going to be just an e-book is [TS]

01:00:07   going to be any but they were also going [TS]

01:00:08   to make a print-on-demand version and I [TS]

01:00:11   got tens of thousands of words into it [TS]

01:00:13   and realized i don't want to write that [TS]

01:00:16   book [TS]

01:00:17   hmm but it wasn't until I got a long way [TS]

01:00:20   into it before I realized that was the [TS]

01:00:22   thing and the reason is i don't want to [TS]

01:00:26   be responsible for dealing with that [TS]

01:00:30   book for the rest of my life that [TS]

01:00:33   because as I was writing the book like [TS]

01:00:36   over the couple of months i was writing [TS]

01:00:37   the book I was changing the equipment [TS]

01:00:39   that I use and like and I look at the me [TS]

01:00:42   then those many years ago and realized i [TS]

01:00:45   knew nothing about podcast production [TS]

01:00:48   like the actual production compared to [TS]

01:00:51   what i know now so the actual answer is [TS]

01:00:54   would I write a book [TS]

01:00:56   yes i would actually flew but I don't [TS]

01:00:59   know what it would be about I don't like [TS]

01:01:03   writing regularly because I find it [TS]

01:01:07   difficult because you have to spend a [TS]

01:01:12   lot of time going back over what you've [TS]

01:01:13   written but when i get a real bee in my [TS]

01:01:16   bonnet about something i can and do [TS]

01:01:20   write about it and feel like I do it and [TS]

01:01:21   I'm proud of it anywhere i feel like i [TS]

01:01:23   do a job that makes me proud when I [TS]

01:01:26   write something and one of my favorite [TS]

01:01:28   things I've ever written was a review [TS]

01:01:30   for the Apple pencil [TS]

01:01:32   yeah that was good which I'll put it in [TS]

01:01:34   the show notes to people want to read it [TS]

01:01:35   had it for like a few days but like I [TS]

01:01:37   really wanted to write something about [TS]

01:01:38   it and felt like I had an opinion that [TS]

01:01:41   other people don't have because I care [TS]

01:01:43   deeply about actual pens so I had some [TS]

01:01:46   stuff to say [TS]

01:01:47   so you know i would write about me and [TS]

01:01:49   maybe one day like I would really like [TS]

01:01:51   to write a book about my feelings on [TS]

01:01:53   creativity and a lot of stuff that we [TS]

01:01:56   talked about here like the really kind [TS]

01:01:57   of just like write that down [TS]

01:02:00   you know like this is how i feel about [TS]

01:02:02   creative projects and I have this whole [TS]

01:02:04   center around of the idea of sacrifice [TS]

01:02:07   and what it takes to have a side [TS]

01:02:10   business and turn into a real thing [TS]

01:02:11   especially in the creative field [TS]

01:02:13   it's all about sacrifice and the things [TS]

01:02:15   that you have to be willing to like golf [TS]

01:02:17   that's the kind of nugget idea that i [TS]

01:02:19   have but i don't want to do it but [TS]

01:02:21   because i don't want the the work [TS]

01:02:24   involved like I've actually sitting down [TS]

01:02:26   writing it but let's let the short [TS]

01:02:28   answer is like yeah I would but I have [TS]

01:02:31   no intention of doing it right now who [TS]

01:02:34   I'm surprise surprise I man full of [TS]

01:02:37   surprises [TS]

01:02:38   you're like I really am yeah [TS]

01:02:40   multifaceted Mike you are [TS]

01:02:43   yes I mean it would you consider writing [TS]

01:02:45   a book [TS]

01:02:46   the answer is yes I've attempted to do [TS]

01:02:51   some stuff in the past that the thing is [TS]

01:02:55   I i agree with you and everyone I know [TS]

01:02:58   who's a professional writer agrees that [TS]

01:03:00   writing is no fun [TS]

01:03:02   I don't know anybody who writes for a [TS]

01:03:04   living is like boy do i boy do I enjoy [TS]

01:03:06   the writing part it's like now it's [TS]

01:03:09   always a grueling and unpleasant and the [TS]

01:03:13   few people who are like oh this is this [TS]

01:03:15   is fantastic are totally lucky freaks of [TS]

01:03:18   nature and I do not fall into that [TS]

01:03:20   category so I'm aware that I i do have a [TS]

01:03:23   bunch of ideas for books that i would [TS]

01:03:27   theoretically want to do but very few of [TS]

01:03:31   them ever make it past the like oh that [TS]

01:03:34   would be nice to have done thoughts [TS]

01:03:37   right like i don't actually start any [TS]

01:03:39   real progress on them because it just [TS]

01:03:41   doesn't it doesn't make any real sense [TS]

01:03:44   as a project to take on because it's [TS]

01:03:46   it's going to be an incredibly long [TS]

01:03:50   amount of time to do for probably not a [TS]

01:03:54   whole lot of reward that being said [TS]

01:03:57   there are two projects that I sort of [TS]

01:04:00   have on I swear I am like collecting [TS]

01:04:03   notes and writing out thoughts for [TS]

01:04:06   projects that would be like book like [TS]

01:04:08   but i am very aware that these things [TS]

01:04:10   will probably never actually come to the [TS]

01:04:13   light of day in in any kind of [TS]

01:04:15   meaningful book form but I do i do have [TS]

01:04:19   I do have one thing that I'm collecting [TS]

01:04:21   notes for that I have told a few people [TS]

01:04:23   what the ideas and [TS]

01:04:24   i always mention that if i were to ever [TS]

01:04:26   write this book it would be literally [TS]

01:04:29   the most boring book in the world like [TS]

01:04:32   the topic is just incredibly boring but [TS]

01:04:35   I just find myself attracted to writing [TS]

01:04:37   about this one particular a nonfiction [TS]

01:04:40   topic but i don't think it'll ever [TS]

01:04:42   actually happen if it does it'll it'll [TS]

01:04:43   be just cannibalized as I'll make a [TS]

01:04:46   couple of videos out of the parts that i [TS]

01:04:48   want to talk about instead but i have [TS]

01:04:50   mentioned this idea to a few people like [TS]

01:04:52   wow that really is the most boring book [TS]

01:04:54   I've ever heard of [TS]

01:04:55   so I don't think it'll actually occur [TS]

01:04:56   you know and it's it's not like it's not [TS]

01:04:59   like a joke right where plenty of people [TS]

01:05:03   right interesting books on seemingly [TS]

01:05:04   boring topics it's like no this is this [TS]

01:05:07   is really a terribly boring topic but [TS]

01:05:10   it's just something that I am randomly [TS]

01:05:13   interested in for no good reason that I [TS]

01:05:15   think like maybe I'll maybe I'll write a [TS]

01:05:17   book about this thing I even have the [TS]

01:05:20   perfect title but it'll probably never [TS]

01:05:21   happen [TS]

01:05:22   what is it I'm not gonna tell you like [TS]

01:05:26   you're not gonna tell me in general the [TS]

01:05:28   end up going to tell you a secret only [TS]

01:05:31   told a very few people but it's it's [TS]

01:05:32   it's not really gonna happen is a book [TS]

01:05:34   about me is everything so now it's a [TS]

01:05:38   book about you Mike if you're surprised [TS]

01:05:40   to hear that but now as this whole thing [TS]

01:05:41   just been a really detailed [TS]

01:05:42   anthropological experiment [TS]

01:05:44   yeah that's yeah that's what that's [TS]

01:05:45   gonna happen i'm going to publish a book [TS]

01:05:47   called a study of Mike how to slowly [TS]

01:05:49   change one man's life over time and the [TS]

01:05:55   Simon ask the question that fascinated [TS]

01:06:00   me and a few other that UV the only [TS]

01:06:02   question that there were multiple [TS]

01:06:04   replies to that were like all that's a [TS]

01:06:06   really good question [TS]

01:06:08   Simon asked when gray reads his scripts [TS]

01:06:10   allowed who and here's something in it [TS]

01:06:13   that he dislikes does he make a note for [TS]

01:06:16   later or stop immediately to figure out [TS]

01:06:18   what I don't understand is how this [TS]

01:06:21   question could be interesting [TS]

01:06:23   make a note later what would that even [TS]

01:06:24   mean that would be crazy right so you're [TS]

01:06:26   reading a script right and then you you [TS]

01:06:28   here like all that doesn't work [TS]

01:06:29   make a note carry on so you're not [TS]

01:06:31   breaking the flow of the narration ho no [TS]

01:06:33   no no [TS]

01:06:34   oh no that there's there's nothing but [TS]

01:06:38   there's no flow with their of the [TS]

01:06:40   narration there's I guess I because this [TS]

01:06:43   is like really obvious things to me but [TS]

01:06:45   that there are on my my writing [TS]

01:06:49   checklist for producing a video i have a [TS]

01:06:52   first the first bullet point on there is [TS]

01:06:55   is a is a real moment that takes a long [TS]

01:06:57   time to get to but it is when can i get [TS]

01:07:01   the script to a place where I even can [TS]

01:07:05   read through the whole thing once [TS]

01:07:07   without stopping and that takes a really [TS]

01:07:10   really long time to get there because [TS]

01:07:14   that pre phase is it's the research [TS]

01:07:17   phase it's also the just writing down [TS]

01:07:21   random sentences and putting a little [TS]

01:07:22   paragraphs together and trying to find [TS]

01:07:24   parts that i like and parts that I don't [TS]

01:07:26   like and rearranged the whole thing it [TS]

01:07:28   takes a really long time before i even [TS]

01:07:30   can read the whole thing through once so [TS]

01:07:33   no there's no making notes for later let [TS]

01:07:37   my process is very much like I'm just [TS]

01:07:38   I'm just going through and changing [TS]

01:07:42   stuff as I'm going through and one thing [TS]

01:07:45   that I try to do as well is starting at [TS]

01:07:48   different spots in the script so I don't [TS]

01:07:51   always start from the top and go right [TS]

01:07:54   to the end [TS]

01:07:55   sometimes I tried to start in the middle [TS]

01:07:56   or just start at the end and then go [TS]

01:08:00   back to the beginning because in the way [TS]

01:08:02   my process works at from when I making [TS]

01:08:05   changes immediately with that can often [TS]

01:08:06   mean is I'm making a ton of changes to [TS]

01:08:09   like the opening paragraph again and [TS]

01:08:11   again and again and very often as as [TS]

01:08:15   well as an approach later on a process i [TS]

01:08:17   realize like a way the whole opening [TS]

01:08:18   paragraph is pointless and I can just [TS]

01:08:20   get rid of the whole thing and start [TS]

01:08:21   later in the script that I was thinking [TS]

01:08:23   so I I do actually try to jump around a [TS]

01:08:26   little bit in and where I'm starting but [TS]

01:08:28   but no there is no making a note for [TS]

01:08:30   later to to have the flow of the script [TS]

01:08:32   keep going and it takes a really long [TS]

01:08:34   time before i can even go through the [TS]

01:08:36   script all at once [TS]

01:08:37   anyway so it is it is an intensely [TS]

01:08:40   iterative on-the-spot process [TS]

01:08:45   sounds kind of horrible it really does [TS]

01:08:49   this is why it's like I'm it was like oh [TS]

01:08:53   boy riding it's all fun and magic and [TS]

01:08:56   rainbows it's like it's it's not like [TS]

01:08:58   that it feels very much like just [TS]

01:09:00   constantly working on a thing over and [TS]

01:09:03   over again to make it less awful in each [TS]

01:09:05   pass i can and i said before I think [TS]

01:09:08   that is that is what my skill really is [TS]

01:09:10   is in the iteration it'sit's not in the [TS]

01:09:12   initial writing at all and this is also [TS]

01:09:15   something that's just changed over time [TS]

01:09:17   is is being much more aware of i am [TS]

01:09:23   writing a thing to be spoken aloud in my [TS]

01:09:26   own voice like that's the thing that I'm [TS]

01:09:28   always been aware of but I think as time [TS]

01:09:31   has gone on i have much more optimize [TS]

01:09:33   the process for that idea as the outcome [TS]

01:09:35   right that become really thinking about [TS]

01:09:38   i am the one who is going to be saying [TS]

01:09:41   this [TS]

01:09:41   how is it going to be said and and like [TS]

01:09:44   that's that's all what that's all part [TS]

01:09:46   of this process but yes that's why I [TS]

01:09:49   don't make notes for later [TS]

01:09:50   it's change it now and and try to get [TS]

01:09:52   better but the main thing that I write [TS]

01:09:55   is advertising copy a fast percentage of [TS]

01:10:00   the ads that are red across all of relay [TS]

01:10:02   of them are written by mean some way [TS]

01:10:05   over there rewritten or just completely [TS]

01:10:08   written who and when I am going through [TS]

01:10:11   them i read them aloud because it's in [TS]

01:10:14   the same vein it is soft that is written [TS]

01:10:17   down to only be read aloud nobody reads [TS]

01:10:21   our ad copy just like right as prose [TS]

01:10:23   yeah it's much more like speech writing [TS]

01:10:25   so I have a home method of writing these [TS]

01:10:28   things in in strange outlines and [TS]

01:10:30   bullets to make them easier to be read [TS]

01:10:32   aloud them and when I do this I do read [TS]

01:10:35   through stop fix go back read through [TS]

01:10:38   stop fix because it is a completely for [TS]

01:10:41   me about the flow we so i will always [TS]

01:10:44   stop and then go back to start again and [TS]

01:10:46   we threw that slider [TS]

01:10:48   yeah i mean i think for anybody reading [TS]

01:10:50   anything giving it an outloud [TS]

01:10:53   read-through makes a huge difference [TS]

01:10:55   that is very helpful for finding awkward [TS]

01:10:57   sentences that you don't you [TS]

01:10:59   don't realize modernist can you give an [TS]

01:11:01   update on your bag situation what bags [TS]

01:11:05   were using what's going on and is there [TS]

01:11:08   still a redundant system this is funny [TS]

01:11:13   to me because it's one of these things [TS]

01:11:15   where this question reveals to me a [TS]

01:11:18   thing that has changed a lot about the [TS]

01:11:19   way that I work that I haven't even [TS]

01:11:21   realized has changed which is since i [TS]

01:11:25   got this office that i use for writing [TS]

01:11:28   exclusively the amount of wandering [TS]

01:11:32   around London and working in different [TS]

01:11:34   locations that I do has dropped to [TS]

01:11:37   essentially zero like this is not an [TS]

01:11:40   activity that I do anymore and I do [TS]

01:11:43   almost all of the writing in this one [TS]

01:11:45   location and so I was like an updated my [TS]

01:11:48   bag situation like what does he even tie [TS]

01:11:50   like oh right of course I used to have [TS]

01:11:53   to have a different bag for AMI going to [TS]

01:11:55   be wandering around the city or am I [TS]

01:11:57   going to be working in a confined radius [TS]

01:11:59   and I need all these different things [TS]

01:12:00   for those two different scenarios like [TS]

01:12:02   you know one day was going to be the gym [TS]

01:12:04   day and the other day was not going to [TS]

01:12:06   be the gym day so this is the thing that [TS]

01:12:08   has totally changed because my life has [TS]

01:12:11   changed and I just sort of forgot [TS]

01:12:13   like what did only used to do right [TS]

01:12:15   because he's dead now and like always [TS]

01:12:17   that's right i used to do this other [TS]

01:12:18   thing so the answer the question is I [TS]

01:12:20   just have now a very simple backpack [TS]

01:12:22   that i use almost exclusively for just [TS]

01:12:25   gym stuff that I take into my writing [TS]

01:12:29   office on days when i'm going to the gym [TS]

01:12:31   and otherwise I just leave it at home [TS]

01:12:33   because i have my equipment setup at the [TS]

01:12:37   writing office and I just go there and [TS]

01:12:40   just have the ipad there i have the [TS]

01:12:42   external keyboard there like it's all [TS]

01:12:43   set up and one of the things that I was [TS]

01:12:46   trying to do is is minimize resistance [TS]

01:12:49   so I want to be able to just wake up and [TS]

01:12:52   walk out the door and go right into the [TS]

01:12:56   office and just have everything that I [TS]

01:12:57   need their the back situation is there [TS]

01:13:01   is no bag essentially app like [TS]

01:13:04   essentially there isn't any bag at all [TS]

01:13:06   anymore [TS]

01:13:07   like I used to have this whole routine [TS]

01:13:09   of emptying out the the bags and and [TS]

01:13:12   checking that I had all the right [TS]

01:13:13   chargers and various things that I [TS]

01:13:14   needed in the different bags for [TS]

01:13:15   different days like all of this has been [TS]

01:13:18   replaced by a dedicated work location [TS]

01:13:21   that has the equipment that I need and [TS]

01:13:23   also it's been replaced by having the [TS]

01:13:27   ipad pro which i can if i do on occasion [TS]

01:13:31   want to go out and work i can and do [TS]

01:13:34   just take the ipad pro like without even [TS]

01:13:37   any bag like i'll just bring it and [TS]

01:13:39   carry it with me and walk around and go [TS]

01:13:42   do something like when you and I meet up [TS]

01:13:44   on occasion in London very often I just [TS]

01:13:46   have my iPad bro and I don't even [TS]

01:13:48   necessarily bring a bag or if I am [TS]

01:13:51   bringing a bag [TS]

01:13:51   it's so Lisa and just hold that item to [TS]

01:13:55   make it more convenient so yeah the bag [TS]

01:13:58   system has essentially been relegated to [TS]

01:14:01   the dustbin of history [TS]

01:14:03   so do you have an iPad pro that just [TS]

01:14:06   lives in the office [TS]

01:14:08   well Mike do we really need to discuss [TS]

01:14:09   the number of ipads that I have set of [TS]

01:14:11   thing that needs to happen I mean I want [TS]

01:14:13   to down because when he said that I [TS]

01:14:15   realized oh he has an ipad that only [TS]

01:14:18   goes there now as well and doesn't leave [TS]

01:14:21   this is the thing that I've been [TS]

01:14:23   sneaking past you for months now which I [TS]

01:14:25   was thinking like Michael never notice [TS]

01:14:27   that I actually do have 2 iPad pros like [TS]

01:14:31   two big ipad bros but yes one of them is [TS]

01:14:33   just physically locked into my ipad pro [TS]

01:14:37   stand at the office and the other one is [TS]

01:14:41   like a mobile one that I can take around [TS]

01:14:43   when I'm working so two 12-point lines [TS]

01:14:45   who how many 9.7 inch have pros do you [TS]

01:14:48   have have 11 how many ipads do you have [TS]

01:14:52   in use [TS]

01:14:53   well it depends on what you can't buy in [TS]

01:14:55   use well are they ever years but it's [TS]

01:14:58   actually that I just I have no ipad [TS]

01:15:03   air's in use now i have i have one [TS]

01:15:06   that's in a drawer which is unused and I [TS]

01:15:08   only dragged out for that you are to [TS]

01:15:11   video where you can see my head pro in [TS]

01:15:14   my ipad air so i had that in a have that [TS]

01:15:16   in a [TS]

01:15:17   desk drawer one of my old iPads went to [TS]

01:15:20   my family in America for their use and I [TS]

01:15:23   do have an iPad Mini which i think you [TS]

01:15:26   can say is technically in use because it [TS]

01:15:29   is running the audio for a white noise [TS]

01:15:32   machine that i use for sleeping at night [TS]

01:15:34   so it's it's just in a drawer connected [TS]

01:15:37   to a speaker and I can turn the speaker [TS]

01:15:39   on and off i think that like barely [TS]

01:15:41   counts as in use but it continues so the [TS]

01:15:45   total number of ipads is for I think an [TS]

01:15:47   aggregate you've actually gone down [TS]

01:15:50   yeah i've gotten down one ipad but three [TS]

01:15:54   of them are pros which is kind of crazy [TS]

01:15:55   and to be fair for a bunch of reasons [TS]

01:15:58   i'm not actually even using the 9.71 [TS]

01:16:02   because for the past few weeks that has [TS]

01:16:04   become my wife's ipad pro so I've [TS]

01:16:07   swapped that over into her using it [TS]

01:16:10   because she want to use the pencil [TS]

01:16:12   because she was going to be on the ipad [TS]

01:16:14   an enormous amount and so she also has [TS]

01:16:17   RSI problems in her hand and now she's [TS]

01:16:19   becoming a very enthusiastic Apple [TS]

01:16:22   pencil use user and is hoping for the [TS]

01:16:25   outside chance of an ipad mini that has [TS]

01:16:27   a pencil in the future because she has [TS]

01:16:30   been using my iPad pro as her iPad so [TS]

01:16:33   I'm really down to just two [TS]

01:16:36   it's hard to even get by on that doesn't [TS]

01:16:38   count i will not accept that but now am [TS]

01:16:40   I except i'm down to just two [TS]

01:16:42   no I think i'm down tomorrow too yeah I [TS]

01:16:45   don't think that's how it works but this [TS]

01:16:46   is also a side effect of like the [TS]

01:16:49   redundant bag system right it was his is [TS]

01:16:53   not having to have different devices [TS]

01:16:55   like charging and ready to go at any [TS]

01:16:57   moment and using one older device for a [TS]

01:16:59   different thing like this is actually a [TS]

01:17:01   kind of consolidation that has happened [TS]

01:17:02   because of physical location [TS]

01:17:03   consolidation so I am A two ipads 9.7 [TS]

01:17:08   12.9 pro but i will be moving to three [TS]

01:17:11   in use when we Institute the kitchen [TS]

01:17:15   ipad ok which will be my old iPad air to [TS]

01:17:20   right but that will be also a shared [TS]

01:17:22   ipad which i think is a little bit [TS]

01:17:23   differently you have one of these done [TS]

01:17:25   you you're holding back to have that you [TS]

01:17:27   have a shared kitchen ipad gray [TS]

01:17:29   this is no I don't that I don't even [TS]

01:17:32   have space on my kitchen counter for [TS]

01:17:35   another kitchen island love doesn't [TS]

01:17:36   select I i I'd I thinking of my kitchen [TS]

01:17:42   the width of my kitchen is the same [TS]

01:17:45   width as the desk i am sitting in front [TS]

01:17:46   of right now you could be right [TS]

01:17:48   it's like it sink and space for a coffee [TS]

01:17:51   machine and a toaster so that their we [TS]

01:17:53   don't have any shared ipad space in the [TS]

01:17:56   kitchen okay it sounded like you were [TS]

01:17:58   really like you know dancing around this [TS]

01:18:00   I got shared once shared my stock [TS]

01:18:02   account i have 20 shares i've had with [TS]

01:18:05   people all over the globe my current bag [TS]

01:18:08   situation is complicated [TS]

01:18:11   I think because it's going through some [TS]

01:18:12   change probably like that then the main [TS]

01:18:15   bag that i use right now is probably [TS]

01:18:18   still the main bag that i use when we [TS]

01:18:20   first spoke about this a long time ago [TS]

01:18:22   which is a bad called the top mountain [TS]

01:18:24   briefcase and that has been my like [TS]

01:18:26   airline travel bag that is like part [TS]

01:18:30   backpack part briefcase and I put [TS]

01:18:33   complete ton of stuff in there that is [TS]

01:18:34   the bag that has like all of the charges [TS]

01:18:37   that I'm going to need you know it has [TS]

01:18:40   headphones in it always like bluetooth [TS]

01:18:42   headphones now because that's what you [TS]

01:18:44   have to do in 2016 you can't use wired [TS]

01:18:48   headphones anymore because that was not [TS]

01:18:50   allowed so I now have some beats [TS]

01:18:52   bluetooth headphones in there the ones [TS]

01:18:53   that have the really loud long battery [TS]

01:18:55   life which i kinda like a little bit [TS]

01:18:58   uncomfortable because they're on in our [TS]

01:19:00   over here hmm that's the only ones i [TS]

01:19:03   want to use right now because they have [TS]

01:19:05   40 hour battery life and quick charging [TS]

01:19:07   and stuff that's pretty sweet [TS]

01:19:10   and i have also added in a bag by a [TS]

01:19:14   company called Tom been called the [TS]

01:19:16   restrepo which I got this bag for when [TS]

01:19:21   I'm traveling I go to conferences a lot [TS]

01:19:23   and when i'm at conferences are usually [TS]

01:19:25   want to have a bag with me to put like [TS]

01:19:27   my ipad in case i want to take notes or [TS]

01:19:29   something or want to break out do a [TS]

01:19:31   little bit of work and my travelling bag [TS]

01:19:33   my topo briefcase has got too much stuff [TS]

01:19:36   in it to carry around all the time so I [TS]

01:19:40   got the topo bag as a way to have my [TS]

01:19:43   like when I'm at a place bag and that [TS]

01:19:48   bag is also actually become really good [TS]

01:19:50   when I'm out and about floggings it's [TS]

01:19:53   like an over-the-shoulder thing it has [TS]

01:19:54   more than enough space to put like the [TS]

01:19:56   gameboy internet and unlike the [TS]

01:19:57   gorillapod tripod i sometimes use it's [TS]

01:20:01   got all enough space for that and an [TS]

01:20:02   ipad so that's great but i have a two [TS]

01:20:06   more bags invented my life recently so [TS]

01:20:10   my mind feel like this is crazy this is [TS]

01:20:15   you have so many bags like Hello imagine [TS]

01:20:18   imagine such a thing have bagged by a [TS]

01:20:21   friend of mine brad is my course and an [TS]

01:20:23   addict is making a bag called the linear [TS]

01:20:25   which is just like it just like a really [TS]

01:20:27   thin briefcase e-type thing which i was [TS]

01:20:29   using all and I really like that for [TS]

01:20:32   conferences because it's like super low [TS]

01:20:34   profile like you just put like a [TS]

01:20:36   notebook and an ipad and you're good [TS]

01:20:38   that's great for that and then I had a [TS]

01:20:41   we have a sponsor and some other shows [TS]

01:20:43   who make carry-on bags and they're not [TS]

01:20:48   sponsoring this show but it's a company [TS]

01:20:49   called away they have sent me this bag [TS]

01:20:52   is carry-on bag trail and now I'm like [TS]

01:20:55   maybe I want to move to carry on bag [TS]

01:20:58   when I travel so I'm all over the place [TS]

01:21:01   right now have so many bags [TS]

01:21:04   I'm sorry Mike but it's better take [TS]

01:21:07   they're all good bags for their own [TS]

01:21:09   purposes but if i decide to use all of [TS]

01:21:12   these bags which I could then i'm going [TS]

01:21:14   to be like you [TS]

01:21:15   this is this is the problem yeah it's [TS]

01:21:17   like there are bags designed for [TS]

01:21:19   specific circumstances and you want to [TS]

01:21:21   use those bags under the circumstances [TS]

01:21:23   but then suddenly you need redundant [TS]

01:21:25   equipment in all of them I'm gonna need [TS]

01:21:27   to buy like 25 lightning cables [TS]

01:21:30   yep it's too much so I don't know my I'm [TS]

01:21:33   in bagley more than your house at the [TS]

01:21:35   cost of 25 the hospital know and then [TS]

01:21:39   you have to do i go us bao USBC who [TS]

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01:23:25   know gray why do you use double spaces [TS]

01:23:28   between words when typing because it's [TS]

01:23:31   obviously superior it's the superior [TS]

01:23:33   thing to do [TS]

01:23:34   do you hit the spacebar twice yeah of [TS]

01:23:37   course I was hit the spacebar twice [TS]

01:23:39   well I don't understand how should I put [TS]

01:23:41   two spaces in there you could use tax [TS]

01:23:43   expander and you just have it trigger [TS]

01:23:46   every time you hit is based in two [TS]

01:23:47   places [TS]

01:23:47   that's ridiculous no generous ridiculous [TS]

01:23:49   double spacing your words why do you do [TS]

01:23:51   this because it it looks better and look [TS]

01:23:54   better double spaced it clearly does [TS]

01:23:58   it's clearly the better solution not the [TS]

01:24:00   way it looks is wrong [TS]

01:24:01   that's how it looks it looks like you [TS]

01:24:04   made a bunch of mistakes is what it [TS]

01:24:05   looks like [TS]

01:24:06   no it doesn't it it looks clear it [TS]

01:24:08   separates the sentences easier to read [TS]

01:24:11   if perfectly great and what I don't [TS]

01:24:15   understand is ok so i think this came up [TS]

01:24:18   because i was who is on Twitter and [TS]

01:24:21   somebody noticed this and and ended up [TS]

01:24:23   being like a little bit of a little bit [TS]

01:24:25   of a Twitter evening of people arguing [TS]

01:24:28   over single or double spaced what turns [TS]

01:24:29   out to be a surprisingly heated argument [TS]

01:24:31   which I don't understand because the [TS]

01:24:33   single spacers are just wrong but I [TS]

01:24:35   don't understand here is the reason [TS]

01:24:38   people noticed is because I was tweeting [TS]

01:24:40   from my computer so when I'm typing [TS]

01:24:42   right hit spacebar twice and you get two [TS]

01:24:45   spaces on the computer but unlike on iOS [TS]

01:24:48   when you do the double spaced thing it [TS]

01:24:50   automatically does the full stop and a [TS]

01:24:53   single space right and then move on to [TS]

01:24:54   the next sentence can turn that off but [TS]

01:24:57   that's the default right that's on by [TS]

01:24:59   default because that's great i wish that [TS]

01:25:01   my computer at that this is where people [TS]

01:25:03   can see like you know where I'm tweeting [TS]

01:25:05   from based on if the two spaces are [TS]

01:25:07   there or if the two spaces are not there [TS]

01:25:09   if I'm on iOS it ends up i just use that [TS]

01:25:13   default we're tapping the spacebar twice [TS]

01:25:15   does the full stop and a single space [TS]

01:25:17   enough about my regular computer i'm [TS]

01:25:20   doing two spaces that is the [TS]

01:25:23   better-looking way so that there's two [TS]

01:25:25   spaces in between the words all the [TS]

01:25:26   scripts that i read for my videos [TS]

01:25:28   there's two spaces after the full stops [TS]

01:25:29   nobody even see them but I like to have [TS]

01:25:31   them there because it looks better [TS]

01:25:33   you know we mentioned earlier there are [TS]

01:25:35   many things that you've convinced me of [TS]

01:25:38   the right way to do things over our [TS]

01:25:40   history of working together i can [TS]

01:25:43   categorically say this will not be one [TS]

01:25:45   of them [TS]

01:25:46   it makes no sense to me I'm gonna sneak [TS]

01:25:49   out one of your iOS devices into an [TS]

01:25:50   automatic replacement that you get two [TS]

01:25:52   spaces after everything you type you [TS]

01:25:53   won't even notice if you're ever able to [TS]

01:25:55   sneak onto one of my iOS devices you can [TS]

01:25:58   do whatever you want my friend because I [TS]

01:26:00   i would just be impressed that you [TS]

01:26:02   managed to do it [TS]

01:26:04   georgia asked if you could recommend one [TS]

01:26:07   video for somebody who's starting to [TS]

01:26:10   first watch cgpgrey videos [TS]

01:26:12   what would it be i don't think i have [TS]

01:26:14   any ability to answer this question [TS]

01:26:16   it'sit's that's going to be so [TS]

01:26:19   particular for the person and i am [TS]

01:26:22   almost certainly the least objective [TS]

01:26:24   person when it comes to my own videos [TS]

01:26:25   and I don't often watch my own videos [TS]

01:26:30   after I make them so app i actually ran [TS]

01:26:33   into a situation where somebody messaged [TS]

01:26:35   me earlier one of my very old videos and [TS]

01:26:37   and said that they had enjoyed it was [TS]

01:26:39   like oh yeah i forgot i made that one [TS]

01:26:41   has a long time ago so I i don't think [TS]

01:26:44   i'm a very good person to answer this [TS]

01:26:45   question at all i think maybe my my [TS]

01:26:48   go-to answer would just be the holland [TS]

01:26:50   vs the netherlands won but that's that's [TS]

01:26:53   entirely based on the fact that was my [TS]

01:26:56   video that felt the straightest in terms [TS]

01:26:58   of production like I had an idea it was [TS]

01:27:01   relatively easy and straightforward to [TS]

01:27:04   make and it came out just the way I [TS]

01:27:05   wanted to so I feel like I like that one [TS]

01:27:07   a lot because of the production behind [TS]

01:27:09   the seams but I don't know if that's [TS]

01:27:12   necessarily a good one for someone to [TS]

01:27:13   start with I think right now right now I [TS]

01:27:17   would probably recommend to somebody to [TS]

01:27:20   start with something like you are too [TS]

01:27:23   hmm because if you can watch that video [TS]

01:27:27   and enjoy it you will enjoy everything [TS]

01:27:31   else maybe the same for the trouble of [TS]

01:27:34   transporters because they're super lake [TS]

01:27:37   is that is likely those two videos of [TS]

01:27:41   the farthest you take any idea like you [TS]

01:27:44   take the idea to scare [TS]

01:27:46   you blew and if you can accept those [TS]

01:27:48   ideas enjoy the production of them and [TS]

01:27:50   learn something you're going to like [TS]

01:27:52   anything else is there [TS]

01:27:53   yeah maybe maybe have a point there I [TS]

01:27:55   think it's a hard question to answer [TS]

01:27:55   because I've been doing this long enough [TS]

01:27:57   that I now have a pretty wide range of [TS]

01:28:01   topics and styles on the channel both in [TS]

01:28:05   terms of just the videos that are older [TS]

01:28:07   clearly feel like older videos and just [TS]

01:28:11   like a whole bunch of random different [TS]

01:28:14   stuff and so I i have never felt even [TS]

01:28:17   from the beginning like I have a [TS]

01:28:18   particular theme on the channel aside [TS]

01:28:21   from i make videos on topics that are [TS]

01:28:24   interesting to me is like the only thing [TS]

01:28:26   that exists and yes I think that and [TS]

01:28:29   that ends up with a quite quite an [TS]

01:28:31   eclectic group of videos and all kinds [TS]

01:28:34   of different styles on all kinds of [TS]

01:28:36   different things so yeah I think that's [TS]

01:28:37   an age thing I think it used to be less [TS]

01:28:39   like that you know like I think maybe of [TS]

01:28:42   earlier videos really fit a more kind of [TS]

01:28:45   central theme then it has ended up [TS]

01:28:47   becoming yeah people say that but if you [TS]

01:28:51   go if you go back and look at some of [TS]

01:28:53   the older things that I was making their [TS]

01:28:55   move there more varied than people think [TS]

01:28:56   they are and it's there's also a side [TS]

01:29:00   effect of i am aware of what i was [TS]

01:29:02   trying to achieve which is with a lot of [TS]

01:29:04   the earlier stuff there was like a very [TS]

01:29:05   particular purpose of like I'm trying to [TS]

01:29:07   hit a very viral note every time because [TS]

01:29:11   i'm trying to grow this channel to make [TS]

01:29:13   it into my full-time living so it's like [TS]

01:29:15   I think the first year when i was really [TS]

01:29:17   focusing on it has like a much more [TS]

01:29:19   consistent thing because i was aiming [TS]

01:29:22   for something but just a guest in my own [TS]

01:29:24   mind never quite felt like oh I'm trying [TS]

01:29:27   to produce a particular thing like i [TS]

01:29:29   would say like the end looking at these [TS]

01:29:31   videos like the first maybe 15 20 videos [TS]

01:29:36   was like political geography it was like [TS]

01:29:38   that's what it was and i think is its [TS]

01:29:40   diverged quite a lot from that point you [TS]

01:29:43   know maybe and tying cables [TS]

01:29:46   yeah yeah of course of course [TS]

01:29:50   I've never watched that one that's the [TS]

01:29:51   only video on your channel i had never [TS]

01:29:53   watched yeah it's so what to watch it oh [TS]

01:29:56   and time management for teachers because [TS]

01:29:57   I'm not a teacher [TS]

01:29:58   yeah yeah the cable was actually filled [TS]

01:30:02   in a way now I'm gonna watch it grow [TS]

01:30:06   bags ask i have a question mostly in [TS]

01:30:09   Mike's direction after listen for the [TS]

01:30:11   episode where you both talk about the [TS]

01:30:12   best time to start something is right [TS]

01:30:15   now I decided that I wanted to start the [TS]

01:30:17   podcast idea that I had it's about [TS]

01:30:19   motorsports is something that a friend [TS]

01:30:21   and myself a really passionate about [TS]

01:30:23   we're just finishing up the first season [TS]

01:30:24   of our show and we're happy with the [TS]

01:30:26   numbers but over the last few months has [TS]

01:30:29   plateaued to the point where we haven't [TS]

01:30:30   gained or lost a single listener [TS]

01:30:33   how did you or do you go about growing [TS]

01:30:35   podcasts and videos [TS]

01:30:39   here's the issue I have with this I [TS]

01:30:42   asked this question a lot i can't give [TS]

01:30:45   you an answer about what i am doing [TS]

01:30:47   right now to grow any work that I'm [TS]

01:30:52   doing what I can tell you is looking [TS]

01:30:55   back I can see things that I did that [TS]

01:30:57   worked then Lou that's that this the [TS]

01:31:00   problem with this is that I get this [TS]

01:31:02   question a lot and the issue is i don't [TS]

01:31:05   know that I ever really done anything [TS]

01:31:09   specifically to grow anything that I've [TS]

01:31:12   done but I can look back and see the [TS]

01:31:14   things that did actually work [TS]

01:31:16   so when I was starting out podcasting [TS]

01:31:19   they just weren't very many technology [TS]

01:31:23   podcasts like that just weren't that [TS]

01:31:25   many so when I started having guests on [TS]

01:31:28   to my shows sometimes it was like the [TS]

01:31:31   only time you will have ever heard that [TS]

01:31:32   person on a podcast speaking or like [TS]

01:31:35   they may be were a guest on a show every [TS]

01:31:37   now and then to the point where like in [TS]

01:31:39   the app or observer world where I am all [TS]

01:31:43   of those people now have their own shows [TS]

01:31:44   where you can hear them every week so [TS]

01:31:47   having these people as guests on your [TS]

01:31:48   shows doesn't really do anything for you [TS]

01:31:50   anymore but at the time that was not [TS]

01:31:53   really helped me kind of like build up [TS]

01:31:56   my presence because people would [TS]

01:31:58   subscribe to my shows because they would [TS]

01:32:00   get to hear from the people that they're [TS]

01:32:02   interested in [TS]

01:32:03   because it didn't happen that often so [TS]

01:32:06   that was a thing at the time that i did [TS]

01:32:07   then it was the network effect the idea [TS]

01:32:11   of starting a podcast network for being [TS]

01:32:14   a part of a podcast network as a way to [TS]

01:32:17   like help me get runs up the ladder as I [TS]

01:32:20   was associated with other people have [TS]

01:32:22   bigger audiences and bigger audiences [TS]

01:32:23   that has been the thing that has got me [TS]

01:32:26   to where I am now and I think that has [TS]

01:32:28   been like the overall things and i [TS]

01:32:30   started my own podcast network and i [TS]

01:32:32   started shows that more and more people [TS]

01:32:33   and it kind of like got me runs up the [TS]

01:32:36   ladder to where I am now the problem is [TS]

01:32:38   I don't know how well that works today [TS]

01:32:41   as a thing because there are lots of [TS]

01:32:44   networks their YouTube networks and [TS]

01:32:46   podcast networks and writing networks [TS]

01:32:48   and networks of networks so I don't know [TS]

01:32:50   how well that works anymore [TS]

01:32:53   that's the problem so the only advice I [TS]

01:32:56   can give you which is advised to [TS]

01:32:57   everybody hates but there is a reason [TS]

01:33:00   for it and the advice is just keep doing [TS]

01:33:03   it keep doing it but find new weird [TS]

01:33:08   interesting exciting innovative things [TS]

01:33:11   to do try and do things that you aren't [TS]

01:33:14   seeing other people do present your show [TS]

01:33:17   in a way that you think might be [TS]

01:33:18   interesting it might not work but it [TS]

01:33:19   might work and then you might hit upon [TS]

01:33:21   the thing that nobody else is doing [TS]

01:33:23   which makes people pay attention to you [TS]

01:33:26   and the reason people don't like the [TS]

01:33:28   just keep doing it is because there's no [TS]

01:33:32   advice in that it's like just keep [TS]

01:33:34   wandering into the like darkness but the [TS]

01:33:37   fingers that's all I ever did and i [TS]

01:33:39   happened upon things whilst undergoing [TS]

01:33:44   this process that got me ever so [TS]

01:33:46   slightly up the ladder there was never [TS]

01:33:48   like a secret plan i had it was just I [TS]

01:33:51   just kept doing it and by keeping doing [TS]

01:33:55   it it got me forever forever up and [TS]

01:33:58   that's where I am with YouTube right now [TS]

01:34:00   I have a based i started from but that [TS]

01:34:02   look I am like 230 4,000 subscribers [TS]

01:34:07   down the line right we spoke about that [TS]

01:34:09   like I am essentially whilst i'm in a [TS]

01:34:12   bracket I'm essentially nobody on [TS]

01:34:14   youtube [TS]

01:34:15   tube know my feeling right now is like I [TS]

01:34:17   don't have an overriding idea of the [TS]

01:34:19   thing that I want to do but what I'm [TS]

01:34:21   going to do is keep creating stuff to [TS]

01:34:23   build up my knowledge to build up my [TS]

01:34:26   skills and 2i can then start having [TS]

01:34:28   ideas I'm i can execute on only because [TS]

01:34:32   i kept making so that's my advice [TS]

01:34:34   it's not great advice because it isn't [TS]

01:34:36   the five quick ways to make your podcast [TS]

01:34:40   successful but it is the it is for [TS]

01:34:42   everybody that I know that has ever had [TS]

01:34:45   anything successful that they built from [TS]

01:34:46   the ground up [TS]

01:34:47   that's how to do it i just keep doing it [TS]

01:34:50   because most people give up [TS]

01:34:52   it's it's a it's good advice and it is [TS]

01:34:56   also the difficulty of like like you [TS]

01:34:59   said looking back on the particulars at [TS]

01:35:01   the time when you were doing a thing [TS]

01:35:02   versus now how does that actually work [TS]

01:35:05   and you're right you have to give people [TS]

01:35:08   some reason to want to talk about the [TS]

01:35:12   thing that you're doing like that that's [TS]

01:35:14   what growth essentially means right is [TS]

01:35:16   somebody is seeing your thing and [TS]

01:35:19   recommending it to somebody else or [TS]

01:35:21   passing it on [TS]

01:35:22   however the other side that people don't [TS]

01:35:24   always necessarily want to talk about is [TS]

01:35:25   some projects will come up against the [TS]

01:35:30   limit of their audience [TS]

01:35:32   this is a thing that I think about a [TS]

01:35:34   bunch which is there is some natural [TS]

01:35:38   limit to the audience of every project [TS]

01:35:41   because there is an actual limit to the [TS]

01:35:43   population of the world and so even if [TS]

01:35:46   you just want to start drawing the [TS]

01:35:47   broadest circle that's like how many [TS]

01:35:49   people on earth are there seven billion [TS]

01:35:50   how many people speak english many [TS]

01:35:53   millions how many people who speak [TS]

01:35:55   english might be interested in your [TS]

01:35:57   thing and I I sometimes see people pick [TS]

01:36:01   projects that are there at like the [TS]

01:36:05   wrong end of two Venn diagrams was like [TS]

01:36:09   you you're picking a very narrow topic [TS]

01:36:12   and then like let's say you're also [TS]

01:36:14   doing a podcast about that narrow topic [TS]

01:36:16   like sometimes it can be a question of [TS]

01:36:18   this audience is very small and then you [TS]

01:36:22   also have to be talking about the people [TS]

01:36:24   who are into podcasts were also into [TS]

01:36:26   this thing there's always going to be a [TS]

01:36:29   submit to the size of everybody's [TS]

01:36:31   projects like it ultimately can't grow [TS]

01:36:35   forever and all projects will eventually [TS]

01:36:39   reach whatever that maximum plateau is [TS]

01:36:42   at some point and that's just the thing [TS]

01:36:44   that you need to be aware of Brandon us [TS]

01:36:46   now that my youtube channel has been [TS]

01:36:48   around for awhile how's the troll factor [TS]

01:36:50   great i have some exciting news oh yeah [TS]

01:36:53   yeah I have my i have my first person on [TS]

01:36:56   YouTube that seems to just like me just [TS]

01:36:57   for me but I know and I feel like I have [TS]

01:37:00   here a rite of passage [TS]

01:37:01   yeah it totally rite of passage this is [TS]

01:37:03   actually your second YouTube rite of [TS]

01:37:04   passage because you've already made the [TS]

01:37:06   video about how you haven't made a video [TS]

01:37:07   in a while right every blog needs the [TS]

01:37:09   episode which says I'm sorry I haven't [TS]

01:37:11   been blogging for a while [TS]

01:37:12   yep and then yes collecting around [TS]

01:37:16   yourself some people who just like you [TS]

01:37:18   because of your personality you have to [TS]

01:37:20   be at a certain level of popularity [TS]

01:37:22   before you get those people so [TS]

01:37:23   congratulations [TS]

01:37:24   I'm and honestly honestly ever so [TS]

01:37:28   slightly proud of it because this person [TS]

01:37:30   just seems to just not you know they [TS]

01:37:32   found me and they don't like me it's [TS]

01:37:35   like great you found me even though you [TS]

01:37:36   don't like me and I'm happy that you're [TS]

01:37:38   here because you keep coming back for [TS]

01:37:41   more [TS]

01:37:41   which is really interesting effect that [TS]

01:37:43   I feel like I finally landed i'm not [TS]

01:37:46   over YouTube celebrity now grey it's a [TS]

01:37:49   great feeling [TS]

01:37:50   viewers count just as much as regular [TS]

01:37:52   viewers as far as adsense is concerned [TS]

01:37:55   yup now we've reached the end of the [TS]

01:37:57   episode we've also means the cortex is [TS]

01:38:01   about to begin [TS]

01:38:02   yeah hey and we'll be back at the end of [TS]

01:38:06   January a peacoat xmas everybody happy [TS]

01:38:09   for Texas [TS]