Manipulate Your Sense of Time With 3 Steps | Laura Vanderkam on Impact Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with author and speaker Laura Vanderkam, discussing how to manipulate your sense of time with three steps and how to get the most out of your precious time.

The video features an interview with author and speaker Laura Vanderkam, who shares insights on how to manipulate one's sense of time. She discusses the importance of controlling inputs and chunking time to increase efficiency and productivity. Vanderkam also challenges the common belief that people have no time, encouraging a shift in mindset to focus on finding evidence of open time. Additionally, she explores the relationship between time and memory, and how cultivating positive memories can extend pleasure and improve one's perception of time.

  • Shutting down notifications can make a day more efficient.
  • Laura Vanderkam is an author and speaker.
  • Many people believe they have no time for anything.
  • Time marches forward and cannot be regained.
  • Going on a vacation to an exotic place can make time feel longer because the brain is remembering all the new experiences.
  • Looking at someone's time diary can give you an idea of what they value in their life.
  • It can be difficult to prioritize things that are important to us but not immediately deadline-driven.
  • Memory is not a straightforward filing cabinet.
  • There are 168 hours in a week.

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Shut down notifications to control inputs

  • Shutting down notifications can make a day more efficient.
  • Notifications cause time loss and task switching.
  • Checking in frequently can be helpful.
  • Control inputs for chunks of time during the day.
  • Get more done by controlling inputs.
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Introduction to Laura Vanderkam

  • Laura Vanderkam is an author and speaker.
  • Her TED talk has over 5 million views.
  • Her work has appeared in prestigious publications.
  • She is a wife and mother of four young children.
  • She has written two novels and co-hosts a podcast.
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Paradigm shift to open up time

  • Many people believe they have no time for anything.
  • This lack mentality becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Walking around with the story that you have no time is a problem.
  • When you think you have no time, you look for evidence to support that.
  • People can find open time when they start to look for it.
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Time and memory

  • Time marches forward and cannot be regained.
  • Time has a big relationship with memory and how we perceive it.
  • How much time we have is a function of how many memories we have.
  • Extending pleasure is possible by cultivating memories.
  • Memories can be cultivated by doing new and interesting things.
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Manipulating Perception of Time

  • Going on a vacation to an exotic place can make time feel longer because the brain is remembering all the new experiences.
  • Putting more memorable things into your life can make you feel like you have more time.
  • Answering the question of why today is different from any other day can help you remember it and feel like you have more time.
  • Doing something different every day can make your life feel less repetitive.
  • Trying a new restaurant for lunch or having a conversation with a colleague can make an average day feel different.
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Getting to Know Someone Through Their Time Diary

  • Looking at someone's time diary can give you an idea of what they value in their life.
  • People's routines can reveal their habits and what they prioritize.
  • Seeing how people spend their time can help you understand what they value in their life.
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Setting Priorities

  • It can be difficult to prioritize things that are important to us but not immediately deadline-driven.
  • When something big happens in our lives, we find the time to deal with it.
  • It's important to treat the things that are a priority to us as the equivalent of a broken water heater.
  • Cultivating something, expanding pleasure, and cultivating memories can help us prioritize what's important to us.
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Manipulating Memory

  • Memory is not a straightforward filing cabinet.
  • Telling a story changes over time and becomes the memory.
  • Proactively create memories by thinking ahead.
  • Pay attention, talk about the experience, and manipulate your senses.
  • Use scents or songs to bring back memories.
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Becoming Present

  • It's the nature of the human brain to think about something else.
  • Consciously put your brain back in the scene itself.
  • Challenge yourself to look at the colors and describe the details.
  • Think about how you would describe something later to pick out the details.
  • Stop and appreciate the pure experience of awe.
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Planning for Priorities

  • Figure out what actually matters to you and your priorities.
  • Think about what steps you need to take to get there.
  • Picture yourself in December writing a letter to friends and family.
  • Write the letter many months ahead of when you would be sending it.
  • Use the letter to plan and make your goals come true.
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The Math Breakdown

  • There are 168 hours in a week.
  • Use time wisely by prioritizing and planning.
  • Track your time to see where it's going.
  • Eliminate time-wasting activities and delegate tasks.
  • Make time for what matters and what brings you joy.
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The Myth of Not Having Enough Time

  • Days and weeks look different for people, but we all have the same number of hours in a day.
  • Even with a full-time job, people still have a lot of time for other things.
  • People often feel guilty about how they spend their time and have a narrative about their relationship to time.
  • People lose time by being unintentional about it and not thinking about what they want to do with their time.
  • Mathematically, the time is probably there, but people need to be creative about organizing some of those hours.
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Overcoming Emotional Hurdles Around Time

  • People often have guilt around how they should be spending their time.
  • People tell themselves stories about not having enough time, which encourages them to think that they have no time.
  • People can still choose the things they wish to do, even if they can't do everything.
  • People need to overcome emotional hurdles that aren't based in math.
  • People need to choose the things they wish to do and prioritize them.
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