TEDxDouglasville: How to Multiply Your Time


8:12 “You multiply your time by giving yourself the emotional permission to spend time on things today that will give you more time tomorrow.”

The Focus Funnel

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  1. Eliminate: Permission to ignore
    1. But the struggle with guilt!
    2. Never saying no
      1. You are always saying no to something
  2. Automate: Permission to invest
    1. Online bill pay example: two hours now, but eliminating a few minutes each month
    2. Return on time invested increases over time
  3. Delagate: Permission to let someone else do it
    1. If you delegate, soon they’ll be able to do the task better and you are no longer the only person to do it
  4. Concentrate: Permission to protect
    1. At that point: Should I do this now, or can it wait until later? Then concentrate. If not, procrastinate – on purpose!
  5. Procrastinate: Permission to do it later
    1. Put it back through the funnel

My Heroes

“And never forget how you felt as a kid
Look little you in the eye
Each time you encounter a child” (1:50-2:03)

Depression, the secret we share

“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. And it was vitality that seemed ot seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and see the red light flashing on my answering machine and instead of being thrilled to hear from my friends, I would think, “What a lot of people that is to have to call back?” Or I would decide I should have lunch and then I would think that I would have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and swallow it and it felt to me like the stations of the cross. And one of the things that often gets lost in discussions of you know it’s ridiculous. You know it’s ridiculous while you’re experiencing it. You know that most people manage to listen to their messages and eat lunch and organize themselves to take a shower and go out the front door and that it’s not a big deal. And yet, you are nonetheless in its grip and you are unable to figure out any way to around it.” (2:05-3:10)

Slip of the Tongue

“And I don’t wear lipstick, but my lips stick to the ears of men, so they can experience in surround sound my screams of agony with each lash of rulers, measuring tape, and scales. As if my waistline and weight are inversely proportional to my value as a human being.” (2:19-2:31)