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Cortex 43: Tornado Bigshot

 

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

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

  vlog you skipped a week you and never be [TS]

  satiated never well I think I think you [TS]

  need you only like an extra blog that [TS]

  that's all I'm saying [TS]

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

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

  you're disrespecting the schedule like [TS]

  this Mike and I don't understand I don't [TS]

  understand what's happened to you [TS]

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

  no shoujo little gray there was no [TS]

  schedule you you will want to decide [TS]

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

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

  like because it's not my job [TS]

  it's not it's because it's your side [TS]

  projects because it's my side project [TS]

  that quite frankly like me like the real [TS]

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

  interesting things going on at all times [TS]

  to make like it i could make a video [TS]

  this week but it would be really boring [TS]

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

  next week because i'm moving house [TS]

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

  video this week is because next week [TS]

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

  for real it's finally happening for real [TS]

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

  people hearing this i will moved very [TS]

  exciting [TS]

  yeah interview subject cottage all being [TS]

  sconce to the mega office [TS]

  ok this is the last recording in your [TS]

  old office then it which is your bedroom [TS]

  actually yes it is it is the last [TS]

  recording of anything [TS]

  oh really yeah yeah I didn't realize [TS]

  that until just now it's momentous fall [TS]

  of next week shows even though we're [TS]

  moving middle of the week but all of [TS]

  next week shows are going to be recorded [TS]

  from my office i think because I'm the [TS]

  last one I should also be the first one [TS]

  in the new office right so you want to [TS]

  record next will delay all of us show [TS]

  until doing their intellect the next [TS]

  record record attacks i think i think [TS]

  that's the way to handle this i mean i [TS]

  could do that but i would then also lose [TS]

  the house i'm buying so right fair [TS]

  enough okay I can see why you don't want [TS]

  to i can get I don't want to the nice as [TS]

  it would be to take cortex cross [TS]

  everything he got to pay for those [TS]

  houses somehow the houses are cheap here [TS]

  that's that is very true [TS]

  so you wanted to know my youtube ranking [TS]

  Lou it turns out that there is a website [TS]

  that will tell you it fits that's X is [TS]

  is that the second-tier website now to [TS]

  something called social blade which many [TS]

  people wrote in to tell us about my [TS]

  current ranking as of today Gray's 230 [TS]

  2533 subscribers Lou I'm actually pretty [TS]

  pleased with that to be honest [TS]

  yeah i think that's that's interesting i [TS]

  was aware of social blade and I think [TS]

  what happened was when i first started [TS]

  being aware that their websites that [TS]

  could track your subscribers [TS]

  socialblade was actually the one that I [TS]

  used years and years ago and then at [TS]

  some point vid stat ex took the mantle [TS]

  for having better numbers but it looks [TS]

  like social blade is coming back on [TS]

  their game now to be that the better [TS]

  website with the live subscriber count [TS]

  things that they do and also being [TS]

  better on mobile so it looks like i'm [TS]

  going to be sort of moving back to [TS]

  social blade from its tax for looking up [TS]

  various things on YouTube [TS]

  although I do i do absolutely hate that [TS]

  the website has these estimated earnings [TS]

  which are off like an order of magnitude [TS]

  with their estimates for like the low [TS]

  and the high numbers it's amazing i [TS]

  estimate nearly i mean so somewhere [TS]

  between 63 pounds and a thousand pounds [TS]

  that is a huge difference [TS]

  I know I know it's like I don't know why [TS]

  that you would have those numbers there [TS]

  I don't understand what those estimated [TS]

  earnings things are but it just bothers [TS]

  me that they have a data point that is [TS]

  just so meaningless and that like their [TS]

  high-end numbers for some channels are [TS]

  just comical like they just like just [TS]

  insane insane number so that's my least [TS]

  favorite thing about social blade but [TS]

  overall it does seem like it's a it's [TS]

  winning the war for which website is [TS]

  actually better but yeah i agree with [TS]

  you that it's interesting to see that [TS]

  you are religious rounded off like in [TS]

  the top quarter million you have YouTube [TS]

  channels and what is your current [TS]

  subscriber numbers 10,000 659 10,000 659 [TS]

  I think this this again goes to [TS]

  direct the conversation we were having [TS]

  before of the the total number of [TS]

  YouTube channels is just [TS]

  incomprehensibly large and it's like [TS]

  you're moving up this power law [TS]

  distribution of what subscriber numbers [TS]

  look like and where you are in the [TS]

  rankings against all other channels with [TS]

  that so keep climbing that power log [TS]

  raft mike i will say the live subscribe [TS]

  account for me it's just a sad page [TS]

  about it doesn't move very much you can [TS]

  send look at that thing for a while and [TS]

  nothing really happens if you leave it [TS]

  open in the background somewhere so you [TS]

  can check in other either on a dedicated [TS]

  TV hanging on the wall now you know just [TS]

  gonna keep my eye on that thing I think [TS]

  you have space for that mega office that [TS]

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

  the background of your videos right you [TS]

  should always have that in the [TS]

  background just a flat line [TS]

  yeah you know but not forever Mike it [TS]

  won't be a flatline river so I didn't [TS]

  you should do that you should have a [TS]

  dedicated TV in the background that [TS]

  shows your life subscriber numbers as [TS]

  your recording the vlog there's no way [TS]

  people will mess around with that that [TS]

  definitely something that you should do [TS]

  yeah i'll look into that do you remember [TS]

  we asked Brian to slowly fix your [TS]

  problem with your email boxes [TS]

  oh is this tech support ok we're back to [TS]

  my tech support excellent brian is is [TS]

  back again for our great bi-weekly check [TS]

  in here for the the situation of your [TS]

  email problem and he has provided some [TS]

  handy screenshots [TS]

  oh wow so basically there is a rule that [TS]

  you can set up this is the problem we [TS]

  were looking in smart mailboxes for the [TS]

  situation this VIP problem it is a rule [TS]

  that you can set up on your mac for if [TS]

  centers in my contacts you can create a [TS]

  mailbox for that to be included the VIP [TS]

  mailbox or whatever if you use iCloud [TS]

  email your there has to be a mac on [TS]

  always to filter this [TS]

  mm but if you use gmail or something I [TS]

  assume maybe other services that are not [TS]

  iCloud email you can set up these rules [TS]

  and it will work in the cloud [TS]

  and then he was also provided [TS]

  instructions on how you can set up those [TS]

  mailboxes to be pushed on iOS which is [TS]

  not intuitive Ryan has provided steps [TS]

  for these are some nice screenshots I [TS]

  have to say this is this is done very [TS]

  nicely this was a multiple multiple days [TS]

  of communication between me and ryan to [TS]

  get to this situation [TS]

  oh wow I appreciate that the two of you [TS]

  are working on my tech support problems [TS]

  this is great it was more he was just [TS]

  doing it and I was just saying thanks [TS]

  and then he would come back with another [TS]

  say origin work so Ryan I think i think [TS]

  brian may have solved your problem here [TS]

  i mean this is this is interesting i'll [TS]

  have to look at this in more detail when [TS]

  the show is over because i'm assuming [TS]

  huge gmail or something similar i don't [TS]

  use gmail actually use fastmail as the [TS]

  backend i'm not using gmail maybe fast [TS]

  man will do the same thing as gmail [TS]

  though because you know this is what [TS]

  this is what's occurring to me is I mean [TS]

  they have a bunch of server-side rule [TS]

  stuff that you can do so there may be [TS]

  something similar to this is just a [TS]

  question about synchronizing contact [TS]

  books but it is helpful but it i still [TS]

  do have the one limitation with the [TS]

  Apple Mail thing that I find frustrating [TS]

  which is that I can't sort by sender on [TS]

  iOS it so it's like limiting everybody [TS]

  to the people who are in my contacts [TS]

  book this is fantastic i would love the [TS]

  ability to sort by sender on iOS like [TS]

  you can on Mac OS but this this is like [TS]

  sixty percent of the way towards being [TS]

  very helpful so i will definitely take a [TS]

  look at this in more detail after the [TS]

  show maybe Ryan can somehow create some [TS]

  elaborate system of rules to reorganize [TS]

  your mail for you and Rebecca who knows [TS]

  yeah route through some server somewhere [TS]

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

  guys at uni box to get their update out [TS]

  to fix all of their various problems on [TS]

  iOS whatever it is i look forward to [TS]

  solutions that i receive on the podcast [TS]

  this is fantastic thank you ryan paul [TS]

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  laugh and many people in the reddit have [TS]

  tried to fix your notification problems [TS]

  for you i'll have the yep i bet they [TS]

  have amazing solutions there is one [TS]

  person jus on the reddit who suggested [TS]

  something that was in my mind and I [TS]

  don't know why I didn't bring it up at [TS]

  the time so considering you have your [TS]

  device set for these basically two [TS]

  different modes you have a contact mode [TS]

  and they do not contact mode you know [TS]

  why don't you just have two phones [TS]

  I saw this this comments and I saw a lot [TS]

  of Twitter applies about having two [TS]

  phones because this is within your [TS]

  character right you have two watches for [TS]

  this purpose you have like two ipads [TS]

  maybe seven iPads like hers there two [TS]

  ipads I feel like you've forgotten our [TS]

  American Association long ago I have at [TS]

  least 12 [TS]

  yeah you like have had been brought [TS]

  along [TS]

  to the multipad lifestyle here with he [TS]

  was so skeptical a long time ago i am [TS]

  like a mere apprentice I have but two [TS]

  iPads so why do you not have multiple [TS]

  funds for this like one that is just [TS]

  disconnected from everything on one is [TS]

  connected [TS]

  yes i saw people mentioned this and and [TS]

  I think it's just kinda funny like [TS]

  mentioned in a way is like as they would [TS]

  have never crossed my mind to use [TS]

  multiple devices for this purpose the [TS]

  problem is the way Apple handles two [TS]

  different things one of which is the [TS]

  notification stuff so while you can have [TS]

  what i do multiple Apple watches that [TS]

  are connected to an individual phone you [TS]

  cannot reasonably have one Apple watch [TS]

  that connects to two different phones [TS]

  this is this is just not a possibility [TS]

  if you want to do this it means you have [TS]

  to wipe and restore the apple watch [TS]

  every single time which takes forever [TS]

  and is an enormous hassle so you can't [TS]

  tell an Apple watch to look for [TS]

  whichever phone is the one that's being [TS]

  actively used right now is the morning [TS]

  phone or is it the evening phone and so [TS]

  what this means is it automatically [TS]

  makes it impossible for me to have the [TS]

  notifications go the way I wanted them [TS]

  to go which is through the apple watch [TS]

  so the morning phone would not be able [TS]

  to use the apple watch it's like okay [TS]

  that alone is a big problem but there's [TS]

  a second really big problem which is [TS]

  that Apple to migrate frustration which [TS]

  I mentioned before doesn't synchronize [TS]

  your health data across anything and so [TS]

  when I was playing around with this a [TS]

  while back I quickly realize you end up [TS]

  with too fragmented unrelated health [TS]

  databases that like can't be merged and [TS]

  can't be handled in an easy way and so [TS]

  because I exercise in the morning [TS]

  this I run into this problem with like [TS]

  the apps that i want to use for exercise [TS]

  trying to write data to a separate apple [TS]

  health database and so it's like still [TS]

  on the fun not the watch so you can [TS]

  actually watches but you can't have one [TS]

  fun because you have one central store [TS]

  for the health data right right [TS]

  your Apple watch is always going to be [TS]

  tied to one protect [TS]

  her phone and it makes sense like okay [TS]

  whatever phone i'm going to receive my [TS]

  messages on like that has to be the [TS]

  phone with the Apple watch is going to [TS]

  be tied to but then that means like both [TS]

  the morning phone that i would use that [TS]

  has this kind of subset of notifications [TS]

  that i want to receive which are [TS]

  reminders to myself from myself that [TS]

  phone can't run notifications through a [TS]

  watch and any health stuff that's done [TS]

  on that phone is going to be limited to [TS]

  that phone it can't synchronize out [TS]

  elsewhere it's like this is just it's [TS]

  too much of a hassle like it's too much [TS]

  of a pain in the butt that it causes [TS]

  more problems than it solves let alone [TS]

  some of the other synchronization issues [TS]

  that I'm always a little bit frustrated [TS]

  with apple so it's like I would totally [TS]

  do it if it was something that the [TS]

  software supported yeah but it's not [TS]

  something that the software supports at [TS]

  this time and so this is this is one of [TS]

  the reasons why i like I have this [TS]

  frustration with a lack of granularity [TS]

  over notifications because I feel like [TS]

  hey Apple [TS]

  even if I am willing to buy two phones [TS]

  to solve my notification problem i still [TS]

  can't solve my notification problem [TS]

  because of the way the the software [TS]

  operate so that's why I don't do this [TS]

  but it was too many people who were [TS]

  giving feedback about this issue [TS]

  yes I had I have definitely this is [TS]

  definitely crossed my mind I had [TS]

  definitely done some trials with older [TS]

  phones to see if I can make this work [TS]

  and it was just like now this is way [TS]

  impractical this is much more of a [TS]

  hassle than the problem of trying to [TS]

  solve [TS]

  it's a shame the healthcare thing [TS]

  because I could have seen a world where [TS]

  you ended up with two phones and four [TS]

  watches which would have been just a [TS]

  light for me [TS]

  yeah I think you would have you would [TS]

  have enjoyed that quite a lot but i [TS]

  think that that's that's crazy i don't i [TS]

  don't really need that that's really [TS]

  know is it is it more crazy is it more [TS]

  crazy than just having two watches like [TS]

  I feel like it's it's a diminishing [TS]

  return of crazy you what we say that the [TS]

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

  crazy i'm giving you all the reasons why [TS]

  it's fantastic and i love it you know i [TS]

  don't think that it being fantastic and [TS]

  you loving it doesn't mean it's not [TS]

  crazy it's but it isn't crazy isn't [TS]

  crazy because I have very good reasons [TS]

  for the front [TS]

  way that I do it i don't have good [TS]

  reasons to be running two phones and [TS]

  four watches so it's not going to happen [TS]

  even though I know that you would love [TS]

  it for podcasting purposes and the [TS]

  inevitable argument the inevitable [TS]

  argument was the obvious one [TS]

  I their android can give you what you [TS]

  want right [TS]

  it is the inevitable argument anytime we [TS]

  have a complaint about anything [TS]

  apple-related but the level which [TS]

  android can give you what you want here [TS]

  is far greater than i would have assumed [TS]

  because in my experience of playing [TS]

  around of Android it felt to me that [TS]

  like the notification problems with the [TS]

  same but I had not one deep enough great [TS]

  because you have one of the google pixel [TS]

  phones right I do [TS]

  yes and I maybe I wasn't looking because [TS]

  I didn't think such a thing could exist [TS]

  but it does so I asked for some [TS]

  assistance and some guidance from the [TS]

  people in the reddit thread to try and [TS]

  give me some information for how [TS]

  notifications work on Android so you can [TS]

  definitely have settings on a nap by at [TS]

  basis about what notifies here who has [TS]

  one thing you can do but then they also [TS]

  have a whole system called priority apps [TS]

  who and this is where it gets kind of [TS]

  incredible priority apps can break [TS]

  through your do not disturb barrier you [TS]

  can set that you can set that the [TS]

  priority app notifications to activate [TS]

  and deactivate certain times [TS]

  this is all built into the system let [TS]

  alone the things that you can do to hack [TS]

  on it right and also in the latest [TS]

  version of Android there is a six-tier [TS]

  importance level system including [TS]

  showing what can and can't be shown on [TS]

  lockscreen 60r16 a separate even I feel [TS]

  like that's quite a lot that's quite a [TS]

  lot of years but this is the thing I [TS]

  think of all of the arguments because we [TS]

  get this argument a lot right you like [TS]

  pencil support you should use a surface [TS]

  right okay [TS]

  but it really does feel to me like that [TS]

  this is such a fundamental frustration [TS]

  for you who it it's solved there and and [TS]

  I i just i want and i know the problem [TS]

  the problem of this is the exact same [TS]

  problem of the day for my phone is the [TS]

  Apple watch the Apple watches the [TS]

  problem but it is just interesting to me [TS]

  to see just the level of which android [TS]

  solve this problem and then the level of [TS]

  which apple is ignoring it [TS]

  yeah i think it's interesting like that [TS]

  there is a way more in-depth granularity [TS]

  than I would have expected as well that [TS]

  this is this is definitely a case where [TS]

  you and I are like iOS peasants we're [TS]

  asking for a single level of the ability [TS]

  to break do not disturb and android is [TS]

  over there it's like looking at me with [TS]

  my six levels right i have levels [TS]

  despair and I guess this is definitely a [TS]

  case of were like android wins this one [TS]

  but I've always I've always acknowledged [TS]

  like if you want a bunch of settings [TS]

  like that is your primary concern is the [TS]

  ability to fiddle with and make [TS]

  everything exactly the way you want it [TS]

  android is is the choice for you and I [TS]

  think this is partly why i like people [TS]

  go a little bit crazy why I'm not an [TS]

  android person because they think I'm [TS]

  that person with everything but like in [TS]

  this is a case where I am NOT that [TS]

  person I have other priorities [TS]

  aside from just like the sheer number of [TS]

  settings that are available but this [TS]

  large this this goes mostly straight to [TS]

  this core of this frustration of there [TS]

  are definitely many places in iOS where [TS]

  it feels like it's a little neglected [TS]

  that gets a little cranky [TS]

  it's a little cold and the notifications [TS]

  area is definitely one of those places [TS]

  and this this is like a comical [TS]

  disparity then in the amount of [TS]

  granularity that you have an Android [TS]

  versus the amount of granularity that [TS]

  you have an iOS yeah I I expected that [TS]

  this problem is solvable and android [TS]

  right because they all seem to be right [TS]

  every problem you have can be solved on [TS]

  Android but it's usually with like you [TS]

  gotta root your phone and use the [TS]

  Android development tools but no this [TS]

  was just built [TS]

  right into the system yeah that's that's [TS]

  the big difference is this is not this [TS]

  is not [TS]

  oh you're hacking around with your own [TS]

  phone this this is just built in and [TS]

  that does make a huge difference and so [TS]

  I hope Apple is listening [TS]

  hi i hope that they think about adding [TS]

  some more features to iOS and the [TS]

  ability to break through do not disturb [TS]

  or have more granularity in the settings [TS]

  I am NOT hopeful but i hope that it is [TS]

  something that will change eventually [TS]

  but I'm hoping that because I'm not [TS]

  switching to android anytime soon [TS]

  even though apparently would solve every [TS]

  single one of my problems but this [TS]

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  support of this show every layer fan [TS]

  alright so last time on the show we [TS]

  promised and ask cortex special for [TS]

  court xmas so i wanted to get all of our [TS]

  follow-up out of the way so we've [TS]

  cleared the stage for the court xmas [TS]

  break so that's all dealt with now and i [TS]

  do not feel like it would be hyperbole [TS]

  to say that i have been inundated with [TS]

  questions far more than i expected to [TS]

  receive so we're good on a score text [TS]

  for a while but keep sending them in any [TS]

  way [TS]

  my favorite question was why are we [TS]

  sending all the questions to Mike and [TS]

  not to the both of you and everything [TS]

  like because Mike is much better at [TS]

  organizing all of this stuff than I am [TS]

  at the head of the question number one [TS]

  this is the answer [TS]

  mike has a big document full of tons of [TS]

  questions nicely indented nicely bullet [TS]

  pointed yep i would never create this so [TS]

  thank you Mike for arranging all of this [TS]

  sorted rewritten highlighted I was also [TS]

  very surprised great i only received one [TS]

  question by email [TS]

  that's fantastic isn't that what you [TS]

  want yeah but that question was tweet [TS]

  length so I have no idea why I came to [TS]

  me by email but it did it was exactly [TS]

  what I wanted [TS]

  many people many many many people use [TS]

  the hashtag and many many many people [TS]

  use the reddit I appreciate the people [TS]

  who were trying to group the questions [TS]

  up for me that was very nice of you but [TS]

  I have a vast array of questions here [TS]

  for the two of us to go through so [TS]

  starting off with Justin Justin asked [TS]

  can you give us a full rundown of the [TS]

  applications you're currently using for [TS]

  tracking your time and/or making you [TS]

  more efficient at work i am also [TS]

  interested in this because I want to get [TS]

  into time tracking a little bit more [TS]

  sometime after court xmas and to trying [TS]

  to understand where my time is going and [TS]

  maybe what is best used in and trying to [TS]

  maybe work out that scary figure that [TS]

  you have of what my time is actually [TS]

  worth in money but one year later you [TS]

  might actually do this okay fantastic [TS]

  it's you have I think you have to go [TS]

  through a whole process before you want [TS]

  to start doing stuff like this and I'm [TS]

  also a little bit scared of what I'll [TS]

  find out but yeah something I definitely [TS]

  want to do so what are you currently [TS]

  using for time tracking but before we [TS]

  before we get to that I do you just want [TS]

  to reiterate that for anybody who does [TS]

  the what is your time actually worth [TS]

  calculation [TS]

  like I'm teasing like about putting it [TS]

  off but I've done this with the number [TS]

  of people and people are in some sense [TS]

  like rights to feel hesitant about doing [TS]

  this and hesitant about really facing it [TS]

  straight on because it can be terrifying [TS]

  and life-changing in all kinds of [TS]

  positive and negative ways and and like [TS]

  to really put a number on your time so I [TS]

  I kid you but I do understand why [TS]

  there's a lot of mental resistance about [TS]

  doing this kind of thing because it's [TS]

  like your life will never quite be the [TS]

  same after as before when you really sit [TS]

  down and and value your time per hour [TS]

  like it it can't help but become a thing [TS]

  that lodges in your brain and changes [TS]

  the way you think about a lot of stuff [TS]

  because i can't the thing right to I [TS]

  work in a creative field so there's a [TS]

  lot of stuff that I do which doesn't [TS]

  make money or doesn't make as much money [TS]

  as other things like for example my [TS]

  youtube channel like my youtube channel [TS]

  would right now just be a black hole [TS]

  yeah from a financial perspective and [TS]

  it's like if i find that figure out I [TS]

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

  to inform it right [TS]

  yeah and so that's why I've been [TS]

  hesitant of it yeah that that's the real [TS]

  key is that you have to understand this [TS]

  as like I say with a lot of the things [TS]

  that I have set up for myself there they [TS]

  are guidelines they are not rules [TS]

  because you lose your mind of stuff i [TS]

  was like a rule that you have to follow [TS]

  all the time but so after all of that [TS]

  preamble I have nothing to help you like [TS]

  alright nothing to help you as you get [TS]

  has because I would actually love to [TS]

  hear from people what they use for time [TS]

  tracking because i have gone through [TS]

  various phases of tracking my time in [TS]

  different ways over the years and what [TS]

  would I find occurs is that as the [TS]

  nature of my work changes i eventually [TS]

  find that there's some some limitation [TS]

  about the way I'm doing [TS]

  I'm tracking which isn't working for my [TS]

  current work that did work for my old [TS]

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

  of this you you were using like a Rube [TS]

  Goldberg machine triggered by lon sent a [TS]

  pro when you like a long time ago [TS]

  yeah yeah well this is this is in [TS]

  modified versions Launch Center pro has [TS]

  been at the heart of what I've used for [TS]

  a while but it's been connecting two [TS]

  different systems behind the scenes and [TS]

  I basically i have come up against a [TS]

  kind of limitation about this recently [TS]

  because for various ways that my [TS]

  business has changed i want to be able [TS]

  to do more granular tracking on a [TS]

  project basis i need to know more [TS]

  specifically than just here is the time [TS]

  that I spend on youtube like I want to [TS]

  be able to narrow that down to time [TS]

  spent on a particular video as a subset [TS]

  of YouTube and the the system I had [TS]

  built for myself in the past couldn't [TS]

  handle this very well and so i was aware [TS]

  that i needed to change time tracking [TS]

  systems as the year was going on and [TS]

  then as i was working on that rules for [TS]

  rulers video and I was aware like all of [TS]

  my time is being spent thinking about [TS]

  working on this project i was aware that [TS]

  even thinking about time tracking was [TS]

  just nonsensical during that time [TS]

  because it's like well i guess i'll just [TS]

  write down six weeks all the time [TS]

  because i can't release this and so I [TS]

  actually made a conscious decision to [TS]

  stop time tracking sort of halfway [TS]

  through that project and put time [TS]

  tracking aside until I have figured out [TS]

  a new system that has the features that [TS]

  I'm looking for so i don't have any [TS]

  particular tools to recommend for you [TS]

  and I I to and exactly in the world of [TS]

  looking into what are the options out [TS]

  there i think i do have a bunch of like [TS]

  particularly picky things that I want [TS]

  like I kind of want to be able to set [TS]

  timers like that's very much how I work [TS]

  and that seems to be how no time [TS]

  tracking software works but i'll be very [TS]

  curious to see like what do people [TS]

  recommend in the comments for software [TS]

  that is [TS]

  easy to use and detailed with time [TS]

  tracking so i'll tell you the tall that [TS]

  our mutual friend federico is using and [TS]

  the one that I want to try is called [TS]

  toggle do GTL and it is a time tracking [TS]

  application that has apps for all the [TS]

  major platforms but also a bunch of [TS]

  integration with other systems and an [TS]

  API that okay see that's that's very [TS]

  interesting [TS]

  that's very interesting so I mean I know [TS]

  that he has been leveraging the API and [TS]

  it's integrations with automation [TS]

  services likes a pia it doesn't have an [TS]

  ifttt integration unfortunately he's [TS]

  been using that to track his time and it [TS]

  was when he started doing it and show me [TS]

  what he was doing that kind of pushed me [TS]

  over the edge because it wasn't just my [TS]

  crazy friend gray who was doing at [TS]

  federico started doing it too [TS]

  ok you know yeah because there are so [TS]

  many things that you do that i like not [TS]

  for normal people [TS]

  no but it seems like here's my [TS]

  perspective on this you think that there [TS]

  are all these things that i do that are [TS]

  not for normal people but slowly but [TS]

  surely in our time together yeah you [TS]

  pick up more and more of them probably [TS]

  I'm for coming just like you it's [TS]

  horrific all started out crazy [TS]

  yeah but then eventually you talk to me [TS]

  long enough and you see the [TS]

  reasonableness of what I do so I know [TS]

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

  of my life where I realize I can't [TS]

  blindly follow here because I'm but I'm [TS]

  not asking for blind faith right that's [TS]

  why I'm so convincing is I'm just trying [TS]

  to show you the reasons for why do [TS]

  things I'm not asking for your blind [TS]

  faith [TS]

  I don't want your blood for you so now i [TS]

  have decided that this is the thing I [TS]

  want to do and this is a service time [TS]

  thinking about trying so this is going [TS]

  to be the one that i may be dipped my [TS]

  toe into the water with especially [TS]

  considering you have no options so maybe [TS]

  you can try this and tell me what you [TS]

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

  of the charts and graphs and such that [TS]

  this app producers and it seems very [TS]

  interesting [TS]

  I i like that provided the bottom of the [TS]

  very first page one of their features is [TS]

  like timer integrations that sounds [TS]

  interesting cells sounds a very [TS]

  interesting indeed and if [TS]

  it it is able to be tied into other [TS]

  services [TS]

  it sounds like it's the kind of thing [TS]

  that maybe i can i can build on top of [TS]

  it precisely what i need so i can let [TS]

  kick something off from a button on iOS [TS]

  so i will definitely be looking into [TS]

  this as well Jase Jake row on right up [TS]

  this is one of the problems we've read [TS]

  it by the way like when people tweet me [TS]

  their questions they usually have their [TS]

  names attached to them so i can just [TS]

  look at their user profile and grab [TS]

  their name doesn't happen read it so [TS]

  lots of interesting usernames yeah but [TS]

  the reddit that I don't think that's a [TS]

  problem rather that's a feature of [TS]

  reddit is that people have hilarious [TS]

  usernames all I know it's a feature for [TS]

  read it but it's less of a feature when [TS]

  you're trying to read them in your Q&A [TS]

  section of your podcast makes more [TS]

  you're just lucky you didn't get any of [TS]

  those PM me your whatever usernames [TS]

  right that's too many of those on reddit [TS]

  I don't even know what that's about for [TS]

  the name of us stay away from that [TS]

  yes it's not for you Jake girl asked I [TS]

  would love to hear about some of the [TS]

  checklist spaced workflow z both have [TS]

  this could include templates repeating [TS]

  items I have a checklist the phrase I [TS]

  have a checklist is a famous great quote [TS]

  that has been discovered around for some [TS]

  time now so i will kick things off her [TS]

  and the main checklist that I have like [TS]

  standard checklist is the jet clothes [TS]

  that i created for this show [TS]

  uh-huh so I have an OmniFocus template [TS]

  which is triggered by a workflow action [TS]

  which I will obviously not share with [TS]

  you which goes through detail by detail [TS]

  what it takes to publish this show and [TS]

  it includes things like checking out the [TS]

  music is corrected in the right places [TS]

  processing the file uploading the file [TS]

  to our website and uploading the file to [TS]

  our audio provider and making sure the [TS]

  show notes are right and then create the [TS]

  youtube video post the youtube video [TS]

  here the 75,000 things you need to do [TS]

  when you post a youtube video it's all [TS]

  in there and I trigger that every time I [TS]

  on a monday morning when I publish the [TS]

  show and I have all of the lists there [TS]

  and I just take them off as I go [TS]

  that's one of my checklists that's [TS]

  triggered in OmniFocus my other big [TS]

  checklist is my packing checklist when i [TS]

  pea or something and that lives [TS]

  and clear and out over time that list [TS]

  just gets added to and added to and [TS]

  clear i find to be a really nice [TS]

  application for this sort of stuff it [TS]

  lives off in a folder on my second [TS]

  screen and i only use it for this [TS]

  packing checklist but i like it a lot [TS]

  more than something like OmniFocus [TS]

  because it is like this purpose built [TS]

  this is my packing checklist application [TS]

  and i can add to it really easily and i [TS]

  get satisfying sounds to play every time [TS]

  I type my shooters yeah i still [TS]

  recommend clear all the time when people [TS]

  are asking for just a simple checklist [TS]

  on their phone [TS]

  I think it's a really great lap and i [TS]

  use it for a few things i do wish they [TS]

  would update for the ipad pro that would [TS]

  be great i think it's dead prey [TS]

  I know instead but I'm just I'm just [TS]

  hoping right it's like it hasn't been [TS]

  updated in like two years [TS]

  i assume is dead but i'm just a big [TS]

  hoping yeah I don't think they make [TS]

  anymore [TS]

  yeah no I think it's over I i agree with [TS]

  you there so I don't use it for [TS]

  repeating list i use it for a couple [TS]

  things but yeah I have a travel [TS]

  checklist to like I think if anybody if [TS]

  anybody needs like a starter drug to why [TS]

  you should have a checklist [TS]

  it's your travel checklist the webpage [TS]

  for clear on the developers website it [TS]

  doesn't even loading more [TS]

  oh god I'm sorry great it is actually [TS]

  bears wow ok [TS]

  wow that is that is actually yeah yeah [TS]

  what a shame you know [TS]

  oh well I was gonna do a travel [TS]

  checklist is by far and away the best [TS]

  return on investment introduction you're [TS]

  ever going to get to a checklist weekend [TS]

  it's just it's just such a sweet spot [TS]

  because the thing that you do often [TS]

  enough that you think you're going to [TS]

  remember everything but not often enough [TS]

  that you actually will and the travel [TS]

  checklist is such a living document of [TS]

  every time you pack you can just add a [TS]

  bunch of other stuff to it and so my [TS]

  travel checklist is ridiculously long [TS]

  but it's because it includes a ton of [TS]

  items that are not intended for every [TS]

  trip [TS]

  yeah but are there to just be like just [TS]

  run through this right [TS]

  every single time it's like the travel [TS]

  insurance is on there like do you need [TS]

  this thing everytime know but just like [TS]

  check and take a quick look there's a [TS]

  bunch of stuff that's on there that's [TS]

  specific to from traveling to the US [TS]

  that doesn't need to be there every time [TS]

  but i just want to run [TS]

  through this massive one so i think [TS]

  that's that is really what everybody [TS]

  should start with if you want to build [TS]

  some kind of checklist to use all the [TS]

  time i guess if this person is asking [TS]

  like what my general checklists are like [TS]

  that the big three checklist for me or [TS]

  are unsurprisingly like the three [TS]

  related to the projects in my life right [TS]

  there [TS]

  the cortex checklist the hello Internet [TS]

  checklist and the youtube video [TS]

  checklist and the youtube video one is [TS]

  is the biggest one by far the most [TS]

  in-depth but those ones i'm constantly [TS]

  tweaking every time i go through one of [TS]

  those processes to figure out like what [TS]

  is the best order or to just make it [TS]

  work a little bit better in OmniFocus [TS]

  for the way that I wanted to work those [TS]

  are the big ones [TS]

  there's a few other minor ones that i [TS]

  have one of which is actually I just I [TS]

  just invoked today which is that I have [TS]

  a like a monthly financial checklist [TS]

  which is going through a bunch of the [TS]

  bank accounts and the numbers for both [TS]

  the personal accounts and the business [TS]

  bank accounts and making sure there's [TS]

  enough money in my personal account to [TS]

  pay the rent and checking up on a bunch [TS]

  of other stuff like that's another [TS]

  perfect case for me of a thing that I do [TS]

  often enough but not often enough to [TS]

  remember all the fiddly little details [TS]

  what has to happen in your life to make [TS]

  you create a checklist like that do you [TS]

  do them proactively or reactively I [TS]

  don't know what you mean by your [TS]

  business speak they're like I just is [TS]

  not difficult like so for example the [TS]

  financial checklist did you create that [TS]

  because you thought something bad might [TS]

  happen or did you want not have enough [TS]

  money in your bank account so you like [TS]

  all I need to create this checklist [TS]

  well ok so i guess what which are asking [TS]

  for their is what I'm what I'm looking [TS]

  for in my life is a feeling of am I [TS]

  trying to remember something now and and [TS]

  so when I would go through the finances [TS]

  i don't know exactly when I started this [TS]

  checklist I feel like this one is recent [TS]

  ish as it may be in the last two years [TS]

  like this is not a checklist that has [TS]

  existed for forever [TS]

  and i know that i would have started [TS]

  doing it because of this feeling like [TS]

  when i'm doing this i'm trying to [TS]

  remember what the next step is and that [TS]

  is just like a red flag in my system [TS]

  like you shouldn't ever be trying to [TS]

  remember what a thing is because that [TS]

  that's an indication that this isn't [TS]

  routine enough that you don't need a [TS]

  checklist [TS]

  I it's even frequent enough and [TS]

  complicated enough that you just can't [TS]

  pull this out of your head every single [TS]

  time and so if I have that kind of [TS]

  feeling that's an indication that maybe [TS]

  i should think about a checklist for [TS]

  this thing and so that's that's how i'll [TS]

  end up getting started with it and [TS]

  they're really really easy for me to [TS]

  make I mean that the checklist exists [TS]

  just as a series of text documents in [TS]

  dropbox that I use like a little [TS]

  workflow action to pull into OmniFocus i [TS]

  would like they're very very easy to [TS]

  just make one really quickly and and to [TS]

  just try it out but that's the key thing [TS]

  like is there a repeated thing that [TS]

  isn't repeated often enough to be [TS]

  routine and is complicated enough to [TS]

  more into checklist or are like that is [TS]

  the spacing in time very far [TS]

  like I actually have on the flip side of [TS]

  it like you're barely a very short [TS]

  checklist is I have a little checklist [TS]

  for reading books which I think people [TS]

  will find very strange down the page [TS]

  check time to pay your debts [TS]

  yeah but that this is because reading [TS]

  books is part of my professional life [TS]

  like this is important for my actual job [TS]

  and this connects into like I have a [TS]

  little process for taking notes [TS]

  what I want to do with those notes what [TS]

  making notes to myself for actionable [TS]

  items in the future and then getting [TS]

  that book into my whole complicated and [TS]

  somewhat sad Evernote system like that [TS]

  checklist is not really long i think [TS]

  it's maybe only four or five items but [TS]

  it can be spaced out over a very long [TS]

  time between when I start reading a book [TS]

  and when I finished reading the book so [TS]

  it just acts like a little placeholder [TS]

  in my system for this is a book that is [TS]

  like quote active in some sense and i [TS]

  can know where i am like I am I still [TS]

  just reading this book that I finished [TS]

  the book if I have finished the book [TS]

  there are [TS]

  two or three little steps that I just [TS]

  want to do and make sure that they're [TS]

  done so that's another case of of it of [TS]

  a checklist is good but I don't actually [TS]

  have a tremendous amount of them [TS]

  it'sit's just where they pay off in [TS]

  these various situations that is my jam [TS]

  ask appends great use to use the Apple [TS]

  pencil is what i use you use a pen [TS]

  surely like if you have to sign [TS]

  something [TS]

  well these are a specific 10 well when [TS]

  we first met each other back before the [TS]

  Apple pencil existed [TS]

  yeah i was asking you for Penn [TS]

  recommendations because i heard you're a [TS]

  guy with some knowledge in this world [TS]

  and we started a process by which i was [TS]

  trying different pens that you were [TS]

  lending to me and as time went on [TS]

  eventually the Apple pencil became a [TS]

  rumor and then an actual thing and I [TS]

  felt like I just don't really have [TS]

  enough of a need to have a pen that I [TS]

  use all the time because you were [TS]

  looking for a pen to write on your paper [TS]

  script i will ya i was looking for [TS]

  something to physically work with actual [TS]

  paper for the times that I print out and [TS]

  work on the script by hand and now the [TS]

  Apple pencil has solved that for me like [TS]

  i can do that entirely on the ipad and [TS]

  so that has eliminated ninety-nine [TS]

  percent of the time that I would ever [TS]

  use a pen and so now it is entirely down [TS]

  to signing cards and filling out that [TS]

  little form for going into the united [TS]

  states like these are the only times [TS]

  that i use an actual penoso you know [TS]

  justjust in our in our house like in [TS]

  every house in the world there's a jar [TS]

  which has a couple of rain dependent [TS]

  which I have no idea where they even [TS]

  came from and on the rare occasion i [TS]

  need to sign something I just grab one [TS]

  of those and just sign something so I [TS]

  don't have a pen that i use so I'm sorry [TS]

  I have no answer for you I'm sure mike [TS]

  has a very thorough answer for you i [TS]

  will recommend a pen that I recommended [TS]

  to you that I think you did actually [TS]

  like which is appended our recommend [TS]

  everyone there is a line of pens called [TS]

  the retro 51 tornado they have a very [TS]

  cool look to them there are a million [TS]

  different styles [TS]

  and if you get the retro 51 tornado the [TS]

  regular version it has one of the best [TS]

  refills i've ever used and these things [TS]

  range from like 15 to 40 dollars [TS]

  depending on the type of style that you [TS]

  want to go for i recommend that pen is [TS]

  an awesome pen it looks good feels good [TS]

  what's good every single time [TS]

  yeah a little short remember that one I [TS]

  felt it was a little short in my hand [TS]

  but it was a bit of the solid pen but [TS]

  they also then make a bigger one which I [TS]

  just talking right like that they have [TS]

  that they have a whole range of these [TS]

  things and make big ones make small ones [TS]

  make them ones that make fat ones like [TS]

  it would like to stand or tornado is the [TS]

  one that i recommend to most people but [TS]

  you might like the tornado big shot [TS]

  which is bigger in every dimension [TS]

  oh wow tornado big shot how could you [TS]

  not like it with a name like that [TS]

  exactly [TS]

  precocious apprentice asked a long time [TS]

  ago on a podcast far far away gray [TS]

  mentioned that he was thinking of trying [TS]

  scrum instead of his usual GTD type [TS]

  method but he never mentioned it again [TS]

  I've also seen him looking into combat [TS]

  before I'd be interested to hear his [TS]

  take on the two systems if you start [TS]

  with either of them are cannibalized [TS]

  elements turn into his own system i feel [TS]

  like this is wrapped up into a much [TS]

  bigger discussion we sort of talked [TS]

  about that getting things done was [TS]

  perfect for me in the phase in my life [TS]

  where i first came across it and served [TS]

  perfectly for the first five years of my [TS]

  adult professional life but has become [TS]

  less helpful overtime and yes i did look [TS]

  into scrum and I did look into Kanban [TS]

  and it was just trying to [TS]

  I spent a while trying to read up on [TS]

  different kinds of productivity systems [TS]

  and [TS]

  the thing that I can say that what what [TS]

  i have done is I've taken a little bit [TS]

  from the this Kanban system which is [TS]

  which is this idea of pulling work in [TS]

  when there are empty slots and and so I [TS]

  can man is this idea i think it is best [TS]

  illustrated by this idea and like a [TS]

  hospital where you can imagine you have [TS]

  a tray of medical medications like [TS]

  little packets of medication that come [TS]

  out of a drawer and at a certain point [TS]

  there's a little card that goes in the [TS]

  drawer and when you get to the card that [TS]

  card is an indication that it is time to [TS]

  order more medication right so it's like [TS]

  you have when you get to a certain level [TS]

  of emptiness like you bring on new [TS]

  projects and so I do have a little bit [TS]

  of a pole system setup just in that i am [TS]

  thinking in terms of like i have three [TS]

  videos that I'm working on which are [TS]

  like slots and so when one slot becomes [TS]

  free i try to then evaluate the next [TS]

  video that's going to go into that slot [TS]

  for something that I'm going to work on [TS]

  but i can't say that i really have [TS]

  anything formal that i can describe [TS]

  right now like I'm i'm in the i'm in the [TS]

  realm of i have a system that is working [TS]

  relatively well for me but I can't like [TS]

  lay out a bunch of rules for people [TS]

  about like oh here it here is my system [TS]

  I written down and formalized and here's [TS]

  how you can follow its it's more like [TS]

  I've taken some things that work from [TS]

  getting things done some ideas from [TS]

  Kanban and just simply the most uncaring [TS]

  things done thing like that i'm doing [TS]

  now which is a much much more heavy [TS]

  reliance on the calendar as a planning [TS]

  tool as opposed to a appointment only [TS]

  tool [TS]

  all i can say is I looked into a bunch [TS]

  of this stuff and I've taken some useful [TS]

  pieces from it but I don't have like a [TS]

  really formalized system right now it's [TS]

  a great system it is the gray system but [TS]

  i am still aware that I I [TS]

  I don't like this state of my current [TS]

  productivity system and every once in a [TS]

  while I do i do try to write it down and [TS]

  try to formalize it mainly because i [TS]

  think that was a really useful lesson [TS]

  from getting things done that sharp [TS]

  edges and really clearly defined [TS]

  boundaries are extraordinarily helpful [TS]

  in these kinds of systems and i'm just [TS]

  i'm aware that I've been operating for a [TS]

  while with a little bit of fuzzy edges [TS]

  for things and i would i would like to [TS]

  sort that out I feel like it would be [TS]

  beneficial to sort it out but I really [TS]

  think that part of the problem is just [TS]

  like so much of my job now is actually [TS]

  the job itself is extraordinarily fuzzy [TS]

  it's it's not as clearly defined as the [TS]

  work that I used to do in the past or [TS]

  even the work that i did a few years ago [TS]

  like I do find myself in lots of [TS]

  situations increasingly as time goes on [TS]

  we're it's a bit hard to even know like [TS]

  is the thing that I'm doing now entirely [TS]

  work or not work at all it it's not [TS]

  always clear when you're working for [TS]

  yourself where some of those boundaries [TS]

  are but one of these days i'll try to [TS]

  sort this out but it is probably not [TS]

  anytime soon [TS]

  we mentioned that this season of cortex [TS]

  is upon us so Alexis says has asked what [TS]

  your systems of holiday decorations at [TS]

  home there any policies of light [TS]

  arrangements or any traditions that you [TS]

  follow so it's interesting for me right [TS]

  now because i guess i need to create one [TS]

  yeah you do you do or be involved in [TS]

  said creation of a holiday lights out [TS]

  well I don't think we're going to do it [TS]

  this year who because we will be in our [TS]

  house for about a week and a half before [TS]

  before Christmas and then we're going on [TS]

  a trip directly after until the new year [TS]

  so it doesn't really feel like there is [TS]

  enough time to actually have Christmas [TS]

  decorations we did buy a very tiny [TS]

  christmas tree which is just for a [TS]

  little bit of festive cheer do you have [TS]

  you if our their holiday decorations in [TS]

  the gray household [TS]

  oh yeah of course it's nice to do [TS]

  holiday [TS]

  decorations it gives a sense of the [TS]

  passage of time to change things in that [TS]

  way and I I think like seasons and and [TS]

  the holidays are psychologically helpful [TS]

  it's this one of the reasons why when i [TS]

  was living in a wife or a little while [TS]

  it drove me crazy because every day is [TS]

  the same as every other day forever [TS]

  until you die there's just like there's [TS]

  no there's no sense of passing time it's [TS]

  it was just terrible [TS]

  it was awful and and also doing [TS]

  christmas in what feels like summer is [TS]

  is crazy making for me the holiday [TS]

  decorations for Christmas sort of starts [TS]

  officially on December fifth which is [TS]

  st. Nicholas Day which was a big deal [TS]

  for my family because of some Dutch [TS]

  background and I feel like Christmas [TS]

  decorations should be up from the fifth [TS]

  until the first of January that's kind [TS]

  of my mental timeframe for when should [TS]

  christmas decorations exist but [TS]

  sometimes a little bit of bleeding [TS]

  outside of those those areas but we [TS]

  don't necessarily have a ton of [TS]

  Christmas decorations but i think a [TS]

  little bit goes a long way like we have [TS]

  a we know we usually get a tree we put [TS]

  up a couple of stockings and like me on [TS]

  Christmas pillows and things and just [TS]

  just having a little bit makes a big [TS]

  difference [TS]

  realtree it is a real tree mmm realtree [TS]

  in London is a is a not easy thing to [TS]

  achieve I find yeah it is not easy [TS]

  things to achieve but it is it is a [TS]

  non-negotiable item from my wife that [TS]

  the tree will be real and so we do this [TS]

  i'm a plastic tray pass [TS]

  yeah I i would be a plastic tree person [TS]

  to I think it's totally fine but i have [TS]

  been brought over to the side of of the [TS]

  real treat like it is you have to say it [TS]

  is a tremendous hassle it is a real kind [TS]

  of pain in the butt but I've gotten used [TS]

  to it and I feel like it is kind of nice [TS]

  to have a real tree in your house and [TS]

  also you know is worth noting that [TS]

  considering me and grab of live in [TS]

  London there is no decoration of our [TS]

  homes because [TS]

  what we're gonna do we're gonna hang [TS]

  some lights out the window like it's not [TS]

  that I don't know why you gonna do yeah [TS]

  that's that's the closest you could do [TS]

  is put the lights out the window hang a [TS]

  bag of lights outside the the kitchen [TS]

  window looking out of them [TS]

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  of them exist and I'm a first-year [TS]

  engineering student with finals coming [TS]

  up and just wanted to ask both yourself [TS]

  me and great because all these questions [TS]

  were directed to me what are your best [TS]

  tips for studying and what did you do to [TS]

  study for finals [TS]

  I am the wrong [TS]

  in person to ask at this question to [TS]

  mostly I think because i didn't go to [TS]

  university so I'm i have not taken an [TS]

  exam in a very long time but also i was [TS]

  just not very good at revising yeah I [TS]

  only ever really thoroughly revised for [TS]

  revising is what British people studying [TS]

  I only ever truly revised for subjects [TS]

  that had intrinsic facts and figures [TS]

  related to them that you had to know to [TS]

  pass so maths and some science related [TS]

  stuff and history like they were the [TS]

  ones that I really revised for because [TS]

  if I got the date wrong of such-and-such [TS]

  battle that's a mark down who write so I [TS]

  didn't really revise the English I i [TS]

  actually took one paper in my think my [TS]

  GCSE year having never read the book I [TS]

  went to the classes where we spoke about [TS]

  the book i read some cliff notes about [TS]

  the book i just never read the book and [TS]

  it was a book cord i think its return of [TS]

  the native was the name of the book and [TS]

  I really didn't like the book and then [TS]

  just never read it and then okay i gotta [TS]

  be so it was fine [TS]

  ya see that that's that's exactly the [TS]

  thing though i do not recommend that [TS]

  this system either way I think you have [TS]

  to have a thing about you which means [TS]

  you can probably get away with this [TS]

  and my thing is that i can just waffle [TS]

  enough in the right direction that i get [TS]

  there eventually [TS]

  I don't think that's necessarily works [TS]

  for everybody [TS]

  yet it depends i mean ok so that like i [TS]

  have 2 comments about this it [TS]

  the first is ok [TS]

  everybody knows this but I think there's [TS]

  a thing to really internalize here which [TS]

  is when you're studying you are really [TS]

  studying for the test right you are not [TS]

  studying this subject in general and [TS]

  people know this but i don't think they [TS]

  always follow what the like the logical [TS]

  conclusion to this is you have to revise [TS]

  for that test so this means if the you [TS]

  have any possible way you need to get [TS]

  your hands on old versions of the test [TS]

  so if you can get it from previous years [TS]

  if it's a standardized tests right get [TS]

  your hands on that and go over that [TS]

  again and again and again and this is [TS]

  what i used to do with with my students [TS]

  towards the end of the year when we were [TS]

  preparing for their end-of-year exams [TS]

  was a very consciously had the kids do [TS]

  even the exact same test multiple [TS]

  multiple times and this is what the [TS]

  studying is like get the answers right [TS]

  on previous versions of it do the test [TS]

  over and over and my my marker for if [TS]

  you're studying on your own for a test [TS]

  that really matters is you keep giving [TS]

  yourself the exact same test again and [TS]

  again until you get a perfect mark and [TS]

  the point of this is not so that you [TS]

  know all of the things it's the point of [TS]

  it is to drill the routine stuff into [TS]

  your mind so that it's easy to do so [TS]

  that you kind of freed up your brain for [TS]

  the actual difficult things on the real [TS]

  test that you're going to face now of [TS]

  course this does work way better for a [TS]

  subject like math or physics write [TS]

  something that's real right not not a [TS]

  subject that's like English literature [TS]

  interpretation because there when you're [TS]

  studying for the test [TS]

  what you really need to be doing is just [TS]

  a kind of mind reading of the [TS]

  of the teacher and those those subjects [TS]

  are obviously much harder and much more [TS]

  frustrating to study for but i think if [TS]

  you get into your mind that you're [TS]

  really just playing a game called what [TS]

  does the teacher want to hear and you're [TS]

  not actually discussing like a book or a [TS]

  piece of literature i think that's much [TS]

  more psychologically easy to deal with [TS]

  like okay all i have to do is really [TS]

  just try to repeat this person's words [TS]

  back to them in a way that doesn't make [TS]

  it too obvious that I'm just repeating [TS]

  their words back to them [TS]

  I like that that's what tests are in the [TS]

  more subjective areas and my final piece [TS]

  of advice here is if there's if there's [TS]

  any kind of project that is like the [TS]

  equivalent of a final exam get all of [TS]

  the feedback you can from the actual [TS]

  teacher on that project because what [TS]

  will happen is almost certainly they [TS]

  will just tell you to make changes and [TS]

  just make those changes right just do [TS]

  whatever it is and you will get a better [TS]

  mark and like my my favorite example of [TS]

  this was I took an art class in college [TS]

  at which I was embarrassingly terribly [TS]

  bad at art but it was a requirement that [TS]

  we had to do and I'm like okay this is [TS]

  no way I'm going to pass this by being [TS]

  good [TS]

  that's certainly not going to happen but [TS]

  what I just did all the time was i asked [TS]

  the professor like what did she think of [TS]

  this and she would just come over and [TS]

  and start drawing like on top of my own [TS]

  projects and instead of being annoyed [TS]

  about that I was always thinking like [TS]

  great this is fantastic [TS]

  I'm just accepting what she's doing and [TS]

  then when she's marking this what is it [TS]

  what has occurred is like she's [TS]

  psychologically on board with this [TS]

  project being good now is exactly right [TS]

  like she has added stuff into this and i [TS]

  have just followed her and so I'm just [TS]

  doing what you told me to do is like I [TS]

  got an a-plus in that class right not [TS]

  everybody did but I got a perfect score [TS]

  because I was always just having her [TS]

  come along and just like just tell me [TS]

  what to do and I will do it to the best [TS]

  of my ability or like you can modify [TS]

  this thing directly like go right ahead [TS]

  I [TS]

  will not be annoyed in the least so [TS]

  that's my thoughts if it's a subjective [TS]

  subject understand that it's a [TS]

  mind-reading game and just do your best [TS]

  if it's a real subject with real answers [TS]

  just do the old tests over and over and [TS]

  over again there's nothing there's [TS]

  nothing better that you can do to [TS]

  prepare yourself for that [TS]

  here's my other key like the reason why [TS]

  I think I go on ok was I paid attention [TS]

  in class and tests and make me nervous [TS]

  whoo that's why i think i was able to do [TS]

  what I did and also controlled for [TS]

  England just keep it going keep going [TS]

  just keep talking to you know it was [TS]

  fresh i did a lot of especially if my [TS]

  a-levels I did a lot of like just SI [TS]

  base courses like I did media politics [TS]

  and an English well so just just keep [TS]

  writing until the end right you'll get [TS]

  them in there you know ski right and [TS]

  keep on writing just going just keep [TS]

  going [TS]

  Charlotte ask but even if you consider [TS]

  writing a book if so what would it be [TS]

  about [TS]

  I know what your answer would be Mike do [TS]

  you hear you don't read books there's no [TS]

  way you're going to write a book early [TS]

  even consider writing a book if I never [TS]

  told you that I once started writing a [TS]

  book [TS]

  I never told you this i don't think so [TS]

  many movies this is ringing ringing and [TS]

  ever so slight bell but maybe you did [TS]

  help telling many years ago I apologize [TS]

  if listeners have heard this story [TS]

  before [TS]

  many years ago I got multiple tens of [TS]

  thousands of words into a podcasting [TS]

  guide book [TS]

  mm ok it by adding I had an publisher [TS]

  attached to it like an indie publisher [TS]

  like a harpercollins but like an act [TS]

  like an actual company that published [TS]

  books [TS]

  this was before like I books or anything [TS]

  yeah [TS]

  yeah [TS]

  I was going to get an ISBN number and [TS]

  everything and they look at that they [TS]

  were going to make it in physical paper [TS]

  it was going to be just an e-book is [TS]

  going to be any but they were also going [TS]

  to make a print-on-demand version and I [TS]

  got tens of thousands of words into it [TS]

  and realized i don't want to write that [TS]

  book [TS]

  hmm but it wasn't until I got a long way [TS]

  into it before I realized that was the [TS]

  thing and the reason is i don't want to [TS]

  be responsible for dealing with that [TS]

  book for the rest of my life that [TS]

  because as I was writing the book like [TS]

  over the couple of months i was writing [TS]

  the book I was changing the equipment [TS]

  that I use and like and I look at the me [TS]

  then those many years ago and realized i [TS]

  knew nothing about podcast production [TS]

  like the actual production compared to [TS]

  what i know now so the actual answer is [TS]

  would I write a book [TS]

  yes i would actually flew but I don't [TS]

  know what it would be about I don't like [TS]

  writing regularly because I find it [TS]

  difficult because you have to spend a [TS]

  lot of time going back over what you've [TS]

  written but when i get a real bee in my [TS]

  bonnet about something i can and do [TS]

  write about it and feel like I do it and [TS]

  I'm proud of it anywhere i feel like i [TS]

  do a job that makes me proud when I [TS]

  write something and one of my favorite [TS]

  things I've ever written was a review [TS]

  for the Apple pencil [TS]

  yeah that was good which I'll put it in [TS]

  the show notes to people want to read it [TS]

  had it for like a few days but like I [TS]

  really wanted to write something about [TS]

  it and felt like I had an opinion that [TS]

  other people don't have because I care [TS]

  deeply about actual pens so I had some [TS]

  stuff to say [TS]

  so you know i would write about me and [TS]

  maybe one day like I would really like [TS]

  to write a book about my feelings on [TS]

  creativity and a lot of stuff that we [TS]

  talked about here like the really kind [TS]

  of just like write that down [TS]

  you know like this is how i feel about [TS]

  creative projects and I have this whole [TS]

  center around of the idea of sacrifice [TS]

  and what it takes to have a side [TS]

  business and turn into a real thing [TS]

  especially in the creative field [TS]

  it's all about sacrifice and the things [TS]

  that you have to be willing to like golf [TS]

  that's the kind of nugget idea that i [TS]

  have but i don't want to do it but [TS]

  because i don't want the the work [TS]

  involved like I've actually sitting down [TS]

  writing it but let's let the short [TS]

  answer is like yeah I would but I have [TS]

  no intention of doing it right now who [TS]

  I'm surprise surprise I man full of [TS]

  surprises [TS]

  you're like I really am yeah [TS]

  multifaceted Mike you are [TS]

  yes I mean it would you consider writing [TS]

  a book [TS]

  the answer is yes I've attempted to do [TS]

  some stuff in the past that the thing is [TS]

  I i agree with you and everyone I know [TS]

  who's a professional writer agrees that [TS]

  writing is no fun [TS]

  I don't know anybody who writes for a [TS]

  living is like boy do i boy do I enjoy [TS]

  the writing part it's like now it's [TS]

  always a grueling and unpleasant and the [TS]

  few people who are like oh this is this [TS]

  is fantastic are totally lucky freaks of [TS]

  nature and I do not fall into that [TS]

  category so I'm aware that I i do have a [TS]

  bunch of ideas for books that i would [TS]

  theoretically want to do but very few of [TS]

  them ever make it past the like oh that [TS]

  would be nice to have done thoughts [TS]

  right like i don't actually start any [TS]

  real progress on them because it just [TS]

  doesn't it doesn't make any real sense [TS]

  as a project to take on because it's [TS]

  it's going to be an incredibly long [TS]

  amount of time to do for probably not a [TS]

  whole lot of reward that being said [TS]

  there are two projects that I sort of [TS]

  have on I swear I am like collecting [TS]

  notes and writing out thoughts for [TS]

  projects that would be like book like [TS]

  but i am very aware that these things [TS]

  will probably never actually come to the [TS]

  light of day in in any kind of [TS]

  meaningful book form but I do i do have [TS]

  I do have one thing that I'm collecting [TS]

  notes for that I have told a few people [TS]

  what the ideas and [TS]

  i always mention that if i were to ever [TS]

  write this book it would be literally [TS]

  the most boring book in the world like [TS]

  the topic is just incredibly boring but [TS]

  I just find myself attracted to writing [TS]

  about this one particular a nonfiction [TS]

  topic but i don't think it'll ever [TS]

  actually happen if it does it'll it'll [TS]

  be just cannibalized as I'll make a [TS]

  couple of videos out of the parts that i [TS]

  want to talk about instead but i have [TS]

  mentioned this idea to a few people like [TS]

  wow that really is the most boring book [TS]

  I've ever heard of [TS]

  so I don't think it'll actually occur [TS]

  you know and it's it's not like it's not [TS]

  like a joke right where plenty of people [TS]

  right interesting books on seemingly [TS]

  boring topics it's like no this is this [TS]

  is really a terribly boring topic but [TS]

  it's just something that I am randomly [TS]

  interested in for no good reason that I [TS]

  think like maybe I'll maybe I'll write a [TS]

  book about this thing I even have the [TS]

  perfect title but it'll probably never [TS]

  happen [TS]

  what is it I'm not gonna tell you like [TS]

  you're not gonna tell me in general the [TS]

  end up going to tell you a secret only [TS]

  told a very few people but it's it's [TS]

  it's not really gonna happen is a book [TS]

  about me is everything so now it's a [TS]

  book about you Mike if you're surprised [TS]

  to hear that but now as this whole thing [TS]

  just been a really detailed [TS]

  anthropological experiment [TS]

  yeah that's yeah that's what that's [TS]

  gonna happen i'm going to publish a book [TS]

  called a study of Mike how to slowly [TS]

  change one man's life over time and the [TS]

  Simon ask the question that fascinated [TS]

  me and a few other that UV the only [TS]

  question that there were multiple [TS]

  replies to that were like all that's a [TS]

  really good question [TS]

  Simon asked when gray reads his scripts [TS]

  allowed who and here's something in it [TS]

  that he dislikes does he make a note for [TS]

  later or stop immediately to figure out [TS]

  what I don't understand is how this [TS]

  question could be interesting [TS]

  make a note later what would that even [TS]

  mean that would be crazy right so you're [TS]

  reading a script right and then you you [TS]

  here like all that doesn't work [TS]

  make a note carry on so you're not [TS]

  breaking the flow of the narration ho no [TS]

  no no [TS]

  oh no that there's there's nothing but [TS]

  there's no flow with their of the [TS]

  narration there's I guess I because this [TS]

  is like really obvious things to me but [TS]

  that there are on my my writing [TS]

  checklist for producing a video i have a [TS]

  first the first bullet point on there is [TS]

  is a is a real moment that takes a long [TS]

  time to get to but it is when can i get [TS]

  the script to a place where I even can [TS]

  read through the whole thing once [TS]

  without stopping and that takes a really [TS]

  really long time to get there because [TS]

  that pre phase is it's the research [TS]

  phase it's also the just writing down [TS]

  random sentences and putting a little [TS]

  paragraphs together and trying to find [TS]

  parts that i like and parts that I don't [TS]

  like and rearranged the whole thing it [TS]

  takes a really long time before i even [TS]

  can read the whole thing through once so [TS]

  no there's no making notes for later let [TS]

  my process is very much like I'm just [TS]

  I'm just going through and changing [TS]

  stuff as I'm going through and one thing [TS]

  that I try to do as well is starting at [TS]

  different spots in the script so I don't [TS]

  always start from the top and go right [TS]

  to the end [TS]

  sometimes I tried to start in the middle [TS]

  or just start at the end and then go [TS]

  back to the beginning because in the way [TS]

  my process works at from when I making [TS]

  changes immediately with that can often [TS]

  mean is I'm making a ton of changes to [TS]

  like the opening paragraph again and [TS]

  again and again and very often as as [TS]

  well as an approach later on a process i [TS]

  realize like a way the whole opening [TS]

  paragraph is pointless and I can just [TS]

  get rid of the whole thing and start [TS]

  later in the script that I was thinking [TS]

  so I I do actually try to jump around a [TS]

  little bit in and where I'm starting but [TS]

  but no there is no making a note for [TS]

  later to to have the flow of the script [TS]

  keep going and it takes a really long [TS]

  time before i can even go through the [TS]

  script all at once [TS]

  anyway so it is it is an intensely [TS]

  iterative on-the-spot process [TS]

  sounds kind of horrible it really does [TS]

  this is why it's like I'm it was like oh [TS]

  boy riding it's all fun and magic and [TS]

  rainbows it's like it's it's not like [TS]

  that it feels very much like just [TS]

  constantly working on a thing over and [TS]

  over again to make it less awful in each [TS]

  pass i can and i said before I think [TS]

  that is that is what my skill really is [TS]

  is in the iteration it'sit's not in the [TS]

  initial writing at all and this is also [TS]

  something that's just changed over time [TS]

  is is being much more aware of i am [TS]

  writing a thing to be spoken aloud in my [TS]

  own voice like that's the thing that I'm [TS]

  always been aware of but I think as time [TS]

  has gone on i have much more optimize [TS]

  the process for that idea as the outcome [TS]

  right that become really thinking about [TS]

  i am the one who is going to be saying [TS]

  this [TS]

  how is it going to be said and and like [TS]

  that's that's all what that's all part [TS]

  of this process but yes that's why I [TS]

  don't make notes for later [TS]

  it's change it now and and try to get [TS]

  better but the main thing that I write [TS]

  is advertising copy a fast percentage of [TS]

  the ads that are red across all of relay [TS]

  of them are written by mean some way [TS]

  over there rewritten or just completely [TS]

  written who and when I am going through [TS]

  them i read them aloud because it's in [TS]

  the same vein it is soft that is written [TS]

  down to only be read aloud nobody reads [TS]

  our ad copy just like right as prose [TS]

  yeah it's much more like speech writing [TS]

  so I have a home method of writing these [TS]

  things in in strange outlines and [TS]

  bullets to make them easier to be read [TS]

  aloud them and when I do this I do read [TS]

  through stop fix go back read through [TS]

  stop fix because it is a completely for [TS]

  me about the flow we so i will always [TS]

  stop and then go back to start again and [TS]

  we threw that slider [TS]

  yeah i mean i think for anybody reading [TS]

  anything giving it an outloud [TS]

  read-through makes a huge difference [TS]

  that is very helpful for finding awkward [TS]

  sentences that you don't you [TS]

  don't realize modernist can you give an [TS]

  update on your bag situation what bags [TS]

  were using what's going on and is there [TS]

  still a redundant system this is funny [TS]

  to me because it's one of these things [TS]

  where this question reveals to me a [TS]

  thing that has changed a lot about the [TS]

  way that I work that I haven't even [TS]

  realized has changed which is since i [TS]

  got this office that i use for writing [TS]

  exclusively the amount of wandering [TS]

  around London and working in different [TS]

  locations that I do has dropped to [TS]

  essentially zero like this is not an [TS]

  activity that I do anymore and I do [TS]

  almost all of the writing in this one [TS]

  location and so I was like an updated my [TS]

  bag situation like what does he even tie [TS]

  like oh right of course I used to have [TS]

  to have a different bag for AMI going to [TS]

  be wandering around the city or am I [TS]

  going to be working in a confined radius [TS]

  and I need all these different things [TS]

  for those two different scenarios like [TS]

  you know one day was going to be the gym [TS]

  day and the other day was not going to [TS]

  be the gym day so this is the thing that [TS]

  has totally changed because my life has [TS]

  changed and I just sort of forgot [TS]

  like what did only used to do right [TS]

  because he's dead now and like always [TS]

  that's right i used to do this other [TS]

  thing so the answer the question is I [TS]

  just have now a very simple backpack [TS]

  that i use almost exclusively for just [TS]

  gym stuff that I take into my writing [TS]

  office on days when i'm going to the gym [TS]

  and otherwise I just leave it at home [TS]

  because i have my equipment setup at the [TS]

  writing office and I just go there and [TS]

  just have the ipad there i have the [TS]

  external keyboard there like it's all [TS]

  set up and one of the things that I was [TS]

  trying to do is is minimize resistance [TS]

  so I want to be able to just wake up and [TS]

  walk out the door and go right into the [TS]

  office and just have everything that I [TS]

  need their the back situation is there [TS]

  is no bag essentially app like [TS]

  essentially there isn't any bag at all [TS]

  anymore [TS]

  like I used to have this whole routine [TS]

  of emptying out the the bags and and [TS]

  checking that I had all the right [TS]

  chargers and various things that I [TS]

  needed in the different bags for [TS]

  different days like all of this has been [TS]

  replaced by a dedicated work location [TS]

  that has the equipment that I need and [TS]

  also it's been replaced by having the [TS]

  ipad pro which i can if i do on occasion [TS]

  want to go out and work i can and do [TS]

  just take the ipad pro like without even [TS]

  any bag like i'll just bring it and [TS]

  carry it with me and walk around and go [TS]

  do something like when you and I meet up [TS]

  on occasion in London very often I just [TS]

  have my iPad bro and I don't even [TS]

  necessarily bring a bag or if I am [TS]

  bringing a bag [TS]

  it's so Lisa and just hold that item to [TS]

  make it more convenient so yeah the bag [TS]

  system has essentially been relegated to [TS]

  the dustbin of history [TS]

  so do you have an iPad pro that just [TS]

  lives in the office [TS]

  well Mike do we really need to discuss [TS]

  the number of ipads that I have set of [TS]

  thing that needs to happen I mean I want [TS]

  to down because when he said that I [TS]

  realized oh he has an ipad that only [TS]

  goes there now as well and doesn't leave [TS]

  this is the thing that I've been [TS]

  sneaking past you for months now which I [TS]

  was thinking like Michael never notice [TS]

  that I actually do have 2 iPad pros like [TS]

  two big ipad bros but yes one of them is [TS]

  just physically locked into my ipad pro [TS]

  stand at the office and the other one is [TS]

  like a mobile one that I can take around [TS]

  when I'm working so two 12-point lines [TS]

  who how many 9.7 inch have pros do you [TS]

  have have 11 how many ipads do you have [TS]

  in use [TS]

  well it depends on what you can't buy in [TS]

  use well are they ever years but it's [TS]

  actually that I just I have no ipad [TS]

  air's in use now i have i have one [TS]

  that's in a drawer which is unused and I [TS]

  only dragged out for that you are to [TS]

  video where you can see my head pro in [TS]

  my ipad air so i had that in a have that [TS]

  in a [TS]

  desk drawer one of my old iPads went to [TS]

  my family in America for their use and I [TS]

  do have an iPad Mini which i think you [TS]

  can say is technically in use because it [TS]

  is running the audio for a white noise [TS]

  machine that i use for sleeping at night [TS]

  so it's it's just in a drawer connected [TS]

  to a speaker and I can turn the speaker [TS]

  on and off i think that like barely [TS]

  counts as in use but it continues so the [TS]

  total number of ipads is for I think an [TS]

  aggregate you've actually gone down [TS]

  yeah i've gotten down one ipad but three [TS]

  of them are pros which is kind of crazy [TS]

  and to be fair for a bunch of reasons [TS]

  i'm not actually even using the 9.71 [TS]

  because for the past few weeks that has [TS]

  become my wife's ipad pro so I've [TS]

  swapped that over into her using it [TS]

  because she want to use the pencil [TS]

  because she was going to be on the ipad [TS]

  an enormous amount and so she also has [TS]

  RSI problems in her hand and now she's [TS]

  becoming a very enthusiastic Apple [TS]

  pencil use user and is hoping for the [TS]

  outside chance of an ipad mini that has [TS]

  a pencil in the future because she has [TS]

  been using my iPad pro as her iPad so [TS]

  I'm really down to just two [TS]

  it's hard to even get by on that doesn't [TS]

  count i will not accept that but now am [TS]

  I except i'm down to just two [TS]

  no I think i'm down tomorrow too yeah I [TS]

  don't think that's how it works but this [TS]

  is also a side effect of like the [TS]

  redundant bag system right it was his is [TS]

  not having to have different devices [TS]

  like charging and ready to go at any [TS]

  moment and using one older device for a [TS]

  different thing like this is actually a [TS]

  kind of consolidation that has happened [TS]

  because of physical location [TS]

  consolidation so I am A two ipads 9.7 [TS]

  12.9 pro but i will be moving to three [TS]

  in use when we Institute the kitchen [TS]

  ipad ok which will be my old iPad air to [TS]

  right but that will be also a shared [TS]

  ipad which i think is a little bit [TS]

  differently you have one of these done [TS]

  you you're holding back to have that you [TS]

  have a shared kitchen ipad gray [TS]

  this is no I don't that I don't even [TS]

  have space on my kitchen counter for [TS]

  another kitchen island love doesn't [TS]

  select I i I'd I thinking of my kitchen [TS]

  the width of my kitchen is the same [TS]

  width as the desk i am sitting in front [TS]

  of right now you could be right [TS]

  it's like it sink and space for a coffee [TS]

  machine and a toaster so that their we [TS]

  don't have any shared ipad space in the [TS]

  kitchen okay it sounded like you were [TS]

  really like you know dancing around this [TS]

  I got shared once shared my stock [TS]

  account i have 20 shares i've had with [TS]

  people all over the globe my current bag [TS]

  situation is complicated [TS]

  I think because it's going through some [TS]

  change probably like that then the main [TS]

  bag that i use right now is probably [TS]

  still the main bag that i use when we [TS]

  first spoke about this a long time ago [TS]

  which is a bad called the top mountain [TS]

  briefcase and that has been my like [TS]

  airline travel bag that is like part [TS]

  backpack part briefcase and I put [TS]

  complete ton of stuff in there that is [TS]

  the bag that has like all of the charges [TS]

  that I'm going to need you know it has [TS]

  headphones in it always like bluetooth [TS]

  headphones now because that's what you [TS]

  have to do in 2016 you can't use wired [TS]

  headphones anymore because that was not [TS]

  allowed so I now have some beats [TS]

  bluetooth headphones in there the ones [TS]

  that have the really loud long battery [TS]

  life which i kinda like a little bit [TS]

  uncomfortable because they're on in our [TS]

  over here hmm that's the only ones i [TS]

  want to use right now because they have [TS]

  40 hour battery life and quick charging [TS]

  and stuff that's pretty sweet [TS]

  and i have also added in a bag by a [TS]

  company called Tom been called the [TS]

  restrepo which I got this bag for when [TS]

  I'm traveling I go to conferences a lot [TS]

  and when i'm at conferences are usually [TS]

  want to have a bag with me to put like [TS]

  my ipad in case i want to take notes or [TS]

  something or want to break out do a [TS]

  little bit of work and my travelling bag [TS]

  my topo briefcase has got too much stuff [TS]

  in it to carry around all the time so I [TS]

  got the topo bag as a way to have my [TS]

  like when I'm at a place bag and that [TS]

  bag is also actually become really good [TS]

  when I'm out and about floggings it's [TS]

  like an over-the-shoulder thing it has [TS]

  more than enough space to put like the [TS]

  gameboy internet and unlike the [TS]

  gorillapod tripod i sometimes use it's [TS]

  got all enough space for that and an [TS]

  ipad so that's great but i have a two [TS]

  more bags invented my life recently so [TS]

  my mind feel like this is crazy this is [TS]

  you have so many bags like Hello imagine [TS]

  imagine such a thing have bagged by a [TS]

  friend of mine brad is my course and an [TS]

  addict is making a bag called the linear [TS]

  which is just like it just like a really [TS]

  thin briefcase e-type thing which i was [TS]

  using all and I really like that for [TS]

  conferences because it's like super low [TS]

  profile like you just put like a [TS]

  notebook and an ipad and you're good [TS]

  that's great for that and then I had a [TS]

  we have a sponsor and some other shows [TS]

  who make carry-on bags and they're not [TS]

  sponsoring this show but it's a company [TS]

  called away they have sent me this bag [TS]

  is carry-on bag trail and now I'm like [TS]

  maybe I want to move to carry on bag [TS]

  when I travel so I'm all over the place [TS]

  right now have so many bags [TS]

  I'm sorry Mike but it's better take [TS]

  they're all good bags for their own [TS]

  purposes but if i decide to use all of [TS]

  these bags which I could then i'm going [TS]

  to be like you [TS]

  this is this is the problem yeah it's [TS]

  like there are bags designed for [TS]

  specific circumstances and you want to [TS]

  use those bags under the circumstances [TS]

  but then suddenly you need redundant [TS]

  equipment in all of them I'm gonna need [TS]

  to buy like 25 lightning cables [TS]

  yep it's too much so I don't know my I'm [TS]

  in bagley more than your house at the [TS]

  cost of 25 the hospital know and then [TS]

  you have to do i go us bao USBC who [TS]

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  support of this show paradigm wanted to [TS]

  know gray why do you use double spaces [TS]

  between words when typing because it's [TS]

  obviously superior it's the superior [TS]

  thing to do [TS]

  do you hit the spacebar twice yeah of [TS]

  course I was hit the spacebar twice [TS]

  well I don't understand how should I put [TS]

  two spaces in there you could use tax [TS]

  expander and you just have it trigger [TS]

  every time you hit is based in two [TS]

  places [TS]

  that's ridiculous no generous ridiculous [TS]

  double spacing your words why do you do [TS]

  this because it it looks better and look [TS]

  better double spaced it clearly does [TS]

  it's clearly the better solution not the [TS]

  way it looks is wrong [TS]

  that's how it looks it looks like you [TS]

  made a bunch of mistakes is what it [TS]

  looks like [TS]

  no it doesn't it it looks clear it [TS]

  separates the sentences easier to read [TS]

  if perfectly great and what I don't [TS]

  understand is ok so i think this came up [TS]

  because i was who is on Twitter and [TS]

  somebody noticed this and and ended up [TS]

  being like a little bit of a little bit [TS]

  of a Twitter evening of people arguing [TS]

  over single or double spaced what turns [TS]

  out to be a surprisingly heated argument [TS]

  which I don't understand because the [TS]

  single spacers are just wrong but I [TS]

  don't understand here is the reason [TS]

  people noticed is because I was tweeting [TS]

  from my computer so when I'm typing [TS]

  right hit spacebar twice and you get two [TS]

  spaces on the computer but unlike on iOS [TS]

  when you do the double spaced thing it [TS]

  automatically does the full stop and a [TS]

  single space right and then move on to [TS]

  the next sentence can turn that off but [TS]

  that's the default right that's on by [TS]

  default because that's great i wish that [TS]

  my computer at that this is where people [TS]

  can see like you know where I'm tweeting [TS]

  from based on if the two spaces are [TS]

  there or if the two spaces are not there [TS]

  if I'm on iOS it ends up i just use that [TS]

  default we're tapping the spacebar twice [TS]

  does the full stop and a single space [TS]

  enough about my regular computer i'm [TS]

  doing two spaces that is the [TS]

  better-looking way so that there's two [TS]

  spaces in between the words all the [TS]

  scripts that i read for my videos [TS]

  there's two spaces after the full stops [TS]

  nobody even see them but I like to have [TS]

  them there because it looks better [TS]

  you know we mentioned earlier there are [TS]

  many things that you've convinced me of [TS]

  the right way to do things over our [TS]

  history of working together i can [TS]

  categorically say this will not be one [TS]

  of them [TS]

  it makes no sense to me I'm gonna sneak [TS]

  out one of your iOS devices into an [TS]

  automatic replacement that you get two [TS]

  spaces after everything you type you [TS]

  won't even notice if you're ever able to [TS]

  sneak onto one of my iOS devices you can [TS]

  do whatever you want my friend because I [TS]

  i would just be impressed that you [TS]

  managed to do it [TS]

  georgia asked if you could recommend one [TS]

  video for somebody who's starting to [TS]

  first watch cgpgrey videos [TS]

  what would it be i don't think i have [TS]

  any ability to answer this question [TS]

  it'sit's that's going to be so [TS]

  particular for the person and i am [TS]

  almost certainly the least objective [TS]

  person when it comes to my own videos [TS]

  and I don't often watch my own videos [TS]

  after I make them so app i actually ran [TS]

  into a situation where somebody messaged [TS]

  me earlier one of my very old videos and [TS]

  and said that they had enjoyed it was [TS]

  like oh yeah i forgot i made that one [TS]

  has a long time ago so I i don't think [TS]

  i'm a very good person to answer this [TS]

  question at all i think maybe my my [TS]

  go-to answer would just be the holland [TS]

  vs the netherlands won but that's that's [TS]

  entirely based on the fact that was my [TS]

  video that felt the straightest in terms [TS]

  of production like I had an idea it was [TS]

  relatively easy and straightforward to [TS]

  make and it came out just the way I [TS]

  wanted to so I feel like I like that one [TS]

  a lot because of the production behind [TS]

  the seams but I don't know if that's [TS]

  necessarily a good one for someone to [TS]

  start with I think right now right now I [TS]

  would probably recommend to somebody to [TS]

  start with something like you are too [TS]

  hmm because if you can watch that video [TS]

  and enjoy it you will enjoy everything [TS]

  else maybe the same for the trouble of [TS]

  transporters because they're super lake [TS]

  is that is likely those two videos of [TS]

  the farthest you take any idea like you [TS]

  take the idea to scare [TS]

  you blew and if you can accept those [TS]

  ideas enjoy the production of them and [TS]

  learn something you're going to like [TS]

  anything else is there [TS]

  yeah maybe maybe have a point there I [TS]

  think it's a hard question to answer [TS]

  because I've been doing this long enough [TS]

  that I now have a pretty wide range of [TS]

  topics and styles on the channel both in [TS]

  terms of just the videos that are older [TS]

  clearly feel like older videos and just [TS]

  like a whole bunch of random different [TS]

  stuff and so I i have never felt even [TS]

  from the beginning like I have a [TS]

  particular theme on the channel aside [TS]

  from i make videos on topics that are [TS]

  interesting to me is like the only thing [TS]

  that exists and yes I think that and [TS]

  that ends up with a quite quite an [TS]

  eclectic group of videos and all kinds [TS]

  of different styles on all kinds of [TS]

  different things so yeah I think that's [TS]

  an age thing I think it used to be less [TS]

  like that you know like I think maybe of [TS]

  earlier videos really fit a more kind of [TS]

  central theme then it has ended up [TS]

  becoming yeah people say that but if you [TS]

  go if you go back and look at some of [TS]

  the older things that I was making their [TS]

  move there more varied than people think [TS]

  they are and it's there's also a side [TS]

  effect of i am aware of what i was [TS]

  trying to achieve which is with a lot of [TS]

  the earlier stuff there was like a very [TS]

  particular purpose of like I'm trying to [TS]

  hit a very viral note every time because [TS]

  i'm trying to grow this channel to make [TS]

  it into my full-time living so it's like [TS]

  I think the first year when i was really [TS]

  focusing on it has like a much more [TS]

  consistent thing because i was aiming [TS]

  for something but just a guest in my own [TS]

  mind never quite felt like oh I'm trying [TS]

  to produce a particular thing like i [TS]

  would say like the end looking at these [TS]

  videos like the first maybe 15 20 videos [TS]

  was like political geography it was like [TS]

  that's what it was and i think is its [TS]

  diverged quite a lot from that point you [TS]

  know maybe and tying cables [TS]

  yeah yeah of course of course [TS]

  I've never watched that one that's the [TS]

  only video on your channel i had never [TS]

  watched yeah it's so what to watch it oh [TS]

  and time management for teachers because [TS]

  I'm not a teacher [TS]

  yeah yeah the cable was actually filled [TS]

  in a way now I'm gonna watch it grow [TS]

  bags ask i have a question mostly in [TS]

  Mike's direction after listen for the [TS]

  episode where you both talk about the [TS]

  best time to start something is right [TS]

  now I decided that I wanted to start the [TS]

  podcast idea that I had it's about [TS]

  motorsports is something that a friend [TS]

  and myself a really passionate about [TS]

  we're just finishing up the first season [TS]

  of our show and we're happy with the [TS]

  numbers but over the last few months has [TS]

  plateaued to the point where we haven't [TS]

  gained or lost a single listener [TS]

  how did you or do you go about growing [TS]

  podcasts and videos [TS]

  here's the issue I have with this I [TS]

  asked this question a lot i can't give [TS]

  you an answer about what i am doing [TS]

  right now to grow any work that I'm [TS]

  doing what I can tell you is looking [TS]

  back I can see things that I did that [TS]

  worked then Lou that's that this the [TS]

  problem with this is that I get this [TS]

  question a lot and the issue is i don't [TS]

  know that I ever really done anything [TS]

  specifically to grow anything that I've [TS]

  done but I can look back and see the [TS]

  things that did actually work [TS]

  so when I was starting out podcasting [TS]

  they just weren't very many technology [TS]

  podcasts like that just weren't that [TS]

  many so when I started having guests on [TS]

  to my shows sometimes it was like the [TS]

  only time you will have ever heard that [TS]

  person on a podcast speaking or like [TS]

  they may be were a guest on a show every [TS]

  now and then to the point where like in [TS]

  the app or observer world where I am all [TS]

  of those people now have their own shows [TS]

  where you can hear them every week so [TS]

  having these people as guests on your [TS]

  shows doesn't really do anything for you [TS]

  anymore but at the time that was not [TS]

  really helped me kind of like build up [TS]

  my presence because people would [TS]

  subscribe to my shows because they would [TS]

  get to hear from the people that they're [TS]

  interested in [TS]

  because it didn't happen that often so [TS]

  that was a thing at the time that i did [TS]

  then it was the network effect the idea [TS]

  of starting a podcast network for being [TS]

  a part of a podcast network as a way to [TS]

  like help me get runs up the ladder as I [TS]

  was associated with other people have [TS]

  bigger audiences and bigger audiences [TS]

  that has been the thing that has got me [TS]

  to where I am now and I think that has [TS]

  been like the overall things and i [TS]

  started my own podcast network and i [TS]

  started shows that more and more people [TS]

  and it kind of like got me runs up the [TS]

  ladder to where I am now the problem is [TS]

  I don't know how well that works today [TS]

  as a thing because there are lots of [TS]

  networks their YouTube networks and [TS]

  podcast networks and writing networks [TS]

  and networks of networks so I don't know [TS]

  how well that works anymore [TS]

  that's the problem so the only advice I [TS]

  can give you which is advised to [TS]

  everybody hates but there is a reason [TS]

  for it and the advice is just keep doing [TS]

  it keep doing it but find new weird [TS]

  interesting exciting innovative things [TS]

  to do try and do things that you aren't [TS]

  seeing other people do present your show [TS]

  in a way that you think might be [TS]

  interesting it might not work but it [TS]

  might work and then you might hit upon [TS]

  the thing that nobody else is doing [TS]

  which makes people pay attention to you [TS]

  and the reason people don't like the [TS]

  just keep doing it is because there's no [TS]

  advice in that it's like just keep [TS]

  wandering into the like darkness but the [TS]

  fingers that's all I ever did and i [TS]

  happened upon things whilst undergoing [TS]

  this process that got me ever so [TS]

  slightly up the ladder there was never [TS]

  like a secret plan i had it was just I [TS]

  just kept doing it and by keeping doing [TS]

  it it got me forever forever up and [TS]

  that's where I am with YouTube right now [TS]

  I have a based i started from but that [TS]

  look I am like 230 4,000 subscribers [TS]

  down the line right we spoke about that [TS]

  like I am essentially whilst i'm in a [TS]

  bracket I'm essentially nobody on [TS]

  youtube [TS]

  tube know my feeling right now is like I [TS]

  don't have an overriding idea of the [TS]

  thing that I want to do but what I'm [TS]

  going to do is keep creating stuff to [TS]

  build up my knowledge to build up my [TS]

  skills and 2i can then start having [TS]

  ideas I'm i can execute on only because [TS]

  i kept making so that's my advice [TS]

  it's not great advice because it isn't [TS]

  the five quick ways to make your podcast [TS]

  successful but it is the it is for [TS]

  everybody that I know that has ever had [TS]

  anything successful that they built from [TS]

  the ground up [TS]

  that's how to do it i just keep doing it [TS]

  because most people give up [TS]

  it's it's a it's good advice and it is [TS]

  also the difficulty of like like you [TS]

  said looking back on the particulars at [TS]

  the time when you were doing a thing [TS]

  versus now how does that actually work [TS]

  and you're right you have to give people [TS]

  some reason to want to talk about the [TS]

  thing that you're doing like that that's [TS]

  what growth essentially means right is [TS]

  somebody is seeing your thing and [TS]

  recommending it to somebody else or [TS]

  passing it on [TS]

  however the other side that people don't [TS]

  always necessarily want to talk about is [TS]

  some projects will come up against the [TS]

  limit of their audience [TS]

  this is a thing that I think about a [TS]

  bunch which is there is some natural [TS]

  limit to the audience of every project [TS]

  because there is an actual limit to the [TS]

  population of the world and so even if [TS]

  you just want to start drawing the [TS]

  broadest circle that's like how many [TS]

  people on earth are there seven billion [TS]

  how many people speak english many [TS]

  millions how many people who speak [TS]

  english might be interested in your [TS]

  thing and I I sometimes see people pick [TS]

  projects that are there at like the [TS]

  wrong end of two Venn diagrams was like [TS]

  you you're picking a very narrow topic [TS]

  and then like let's say you're also [TS]

  doing a podcast about that narrow topic [TS]

  like sometimes it can be a question of [TS]

  this audience is very small and then you [TS]

  also have to be talking about the people [TS]

  who are into podcasts were also into [TS]

  this thing there's always going to be a [TS]

  submit to the size of everybody's [TS]

  projects like it ultimately can't grow [TS]

  forever and all projects will eventually [TS]

  reach whatever that maximum plateau is [TS]

  at some point and that's just the thing [TS]

  that you need to be aware of Brandon us [TS]

  now that my youtube channel has been [TS]

  around for awhile how's the troll factor [TS]

  great i have some exciting news oh yeah [TS]

  yeah I have my i have my first person on [TS]

  YouTube that seems to just like me just [TS]

  for me but I know and I feel like I have [TS]

  here a rite of passage [TS]

  yeah it totally rite of passage this is [TS]

  actually your second YouTube rite of [TS]

  passage because you've already made the [TS]

  video about how you haven't made a video [TS]

  in a while right every blog needs the [TS]

  episode which says I'm sorry I haven't [TS]

  been blogging for a while [TS]

  yep and then yes collecting around [TS]

  yourself some people who just like you [TS]

  because of your personality you have to [TS]

  be at a certain level of popularity [TS]

  before you get those people so [TS]

  congratulations [TS]

  I'm and honestly honestly ever so [TS]

  slightly proud of it because this person [TS]

  just seems to just not you know they [TS]

  found me and they don't like me it's [TS]

  like great you found me even though you [TS]

  don't like me and I'm happy that you're [TS]

  here because you keep coming back for [TS]

  more [TS]

  which is really interesting effect that [TS]

  I feel like I finally landed i'm not [TS]

  over YouTube celebrity now grey it's a [TS]

  great feeling [TS]

  viewers count just as much as regular [TS]

  viewers as far as adsense is concerned [TS]

  yup now we've reached the end of the [TS]

  episode we've also means the cortex is [TS]

  about to begin [TS]

  yeah hey and we'll be back at the end of [TS]

  January a peacoat xmas everybody happy [TS]

  for Texas [TS]