Productivity Tip: Increase Your Learning by Increasing Playback Speed

Screenshot of the "48 Days to the Work You Love" podcast at double (2x) speed.

I’m always on the look-out for personal growth and productivity tips that will help me increase my personal productivity and accelerate the achievement of my goals.

One tip I stumbled upon last year is to increase the playback speed of podcasts that I listen to on my iPhone.

At the time, I had never noticed that you could listen to a podcast (or music) at different speeds.

But then I found that you could listen at half speed (1/2x), full speed (1x), and double speed (2x).

You just have to click the little box in the upper right-hand corner of the iPod player from 1x (the default) to 2x.

So, I started listening to podcasts at double speed and was amazed by what happened:

  1. I noticed that some podcasts sounded almost “normal”…which meant that the podcaster was actually speaking slowly at regular speed and I had never noticed it before. But now if I listen to them at normal speed, I get bored.
  2. Even if the person is speaking at a normal pace, when I double the speed I’m still able to comprehend what they’re saying, and I get used to hearing them say it twice as fast.
  3. I find that my mind stays more focused (it doesn’t wander as much) when I listen at double speed, because I have to make sure I hear what they’re saying.
  4. I still hear and comprehend everything…and it took me half the time it normally would have.  Meaning that I’m now doubling my learning in half the time.

Anyone else out there listening to podcasts at double speed?  If not, why not give it a try?

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