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How to Get Massive Loads of Work Done Every Day – College Info Geek


To use the technical term, this video is about
how to get a butt load of work done. Now, the definition of a standard butt load has
been in dispute for years but regardless, if you’re watching this video you probably
feel like you have that resting on your shoulders. As somebody who went from being an overly
involved college student straight into being an overly ideal laden, content creator, entrepreneur,
whatever you want to call me; I feel like I always have a lot of work resting on my
shoulders, and I tend to get a lot of it done. Which leads to the question I get emailed
often, how do you get so much work done? Well, let’s move back a little bit first into
this perception of how much work we have to do. When people ask us how we’re doing what’s
the answer we usually give them? That’s right, it’s usually just I’m so busy. The word busy
is just so commonly uttered from our mouths, and I want to challenge you on his assumption.
What does busy really mean? Now for all the crap he gets, Thomas Edison actually said
something pretty smart on this subject and I’m going to read it off my phone real quick
because I didn’t memorize it, “Being busy does not mean real work, the object of all
work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought,
system, planning, intelligence and honest purpose, as well as perspiration; seeming
to do is not doing.” Now that’s something you should really take
to heart. How much of your time is seeming to do and how much of it is actually spent
doing and getting real things accomplished; producing real work of real value? For the
past few months it seems like I’ve actually been able to produce a lot more work than
I used to in the past. If I look through the archives on my blog it seems like for a couple
years I was only putting out maybe five things a month at most. Now, I’m creating videos
almost every week, I’m doing my podcast every week, blog posts, episodes of Listen Money
Matters; another podcast I’m a part of, and I wrote a book in a few months which just
came out a couple of weeks ago. How was I able to increase this output and
go from just being busy all the time and feeling sorry for myself about how much work I had
on my shoulders to actually getting things done? Well to be honest, I could attribute
this to a lot of factors. Motivation, habits, planning, time management, task management,
efficiency, delegation, hiring people. There’s all sorts of things that go into getting work
done on top of just the simple discipline of sitting down and working. I could devote
videos to every single one of these topics, and many of them will get videos in the future,
but the topic I want to focus on in this video is the act of planning. Specifically daily
planning. What we want to get away from here is this
feeling of being busy and not actually getting a whole lot done. Not really focusing on any
specific task you have to do. You’re probably familiar with some of the common cases where
this happens. You’re in the library, you’ve got all your material out in front of you,
but you don’t really know which thing you should study so now you’re on Facebook.
Daily planning alleviates this problem because if you do it right you know exactly what you
should be doing at any given time. For instance, my morning routine is a form of a daily plan.
The moment I wake up in the morning I know exactly what I need to do. I need to come
to my apartment, I need to turn off my wake up alarm that I talked about in another video,
and then I need to immediately meditate, go into my seven minute workout, go for a walk,
make breakfast, read books etc. I know exactly what I need to do and as a result I do it.
Morning routines are incredibly important, but I want to talk about the actual daily
plan that encompasses your specific tasks that you need to get done. Whenever I get
a new task that needs to be done, at some point in time it goes straight into To Do
List. To Do List is the to do app of choice that I use. There are a lot others out there,
but it’s the first point of contact for any task I have. It is not the only place where
tasks end up living in my system. On Sundays I create a weekly plan in a paper
notebook; really simple, and write down exactly what I want to accomplish that week. Then
when I wake up in the morning and go through my morning routine I have a habit which is
to simply create a daily plan. On that whiteboard right over there I write my daily plan every
single morning, and I put the day of the week at the top and then I write down the six to
seven, maybe eight if I’m feeling really productive that day, things that I need to get done.
I don’t stop there though. I try to estimate when each task should be done by. I’ll put
a dash and then I’ll put the time. When I’m estimating these times I try to take into
account a fudge ratio. This is a concept I wrote about in my book and basically it’s
taking the time I estimate to get things done, and applying a little bit of a buffer to it
because we are very bad at planning for things that go wrong or very bad at planning for
inefficiencies, and we tend to take the best case scenario as a guess for when we estimate
times. Now that I have this daily plan, I have a
list of tasks in the order that I need to do them. I have an estimate for the time that
each one should be done, and now I know at any given time what I should be doing. Once
I’m done with my morning routine I jump right into the first one and try as best as I can
to get it done by the time I estimated. Seeing it right on the board next to me reminds me
that, that’s what I should be working on. I don’t let myself get distracted by other
things. It’s not to say that I’m absolutely perfect
about getting the list done every day, but combined with other productivity techniques
that I apply to my life like habit tracking, and commitment devices, and the Pomodoro technique,
and things like that; it’s actually really effective. My output has gone from here to
here. I’m not exactly sure what those are, but there’s a gap.
The lesson is clear here. If you want to get a lot of things done you need to plan your
day out in advance and then stick to that plan. Doing so will let you know what to focus
on, on any given moment and you’ll spend a lot less time feeling busy, but not getting
much work done. Thanks for watching this video, and I will
see you in the next one. Well hello there and thanks for watching my
video. I’m getting massive loads of work done with daily plans. Now if you want to learn
more about effective planning I wrote an entire chapter about it in my free book on earning
awesome grades, and you can get your own copy by clicking the picture and the book right
there. If you want to get more videos every single week on being an awesome college student,
studying better, building habits and whatnot, then click that big red subscribe button,
and you can also find a summary and links to anything I talked about in this video by
going to the companion blog post which you can find by clicking the orange button right
there. If you missed my last video there’s a clip of it playing right there.
Lastly, if you want to suggest topics for new videos or connect with me you can either
follow me on Twitter at @TomFrankly or just leave a comment on this video. See you in
the next one.

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100 thoughts on “How to Get Massive Loads of Work Done Every Day – College Info Geek

  1. I really struggle to get work done. I've watched a lot of your videos in the past. I know the techniques, but motivating myself is so difficult. I used to overwork myself in high school(I live in the UK) now in college. I have lost my work ethic, because I don't have direction for my future.

  2. this is my favorite video and i m realy looking forward to see how my graph goes up …. thank u so much its totaly motivating

  3. technically it all comes down to two things: planning and focus. Make sure you have a plan – if you don't have a plan, then your plan is to have a plan. And then focus on nothing but that plan – remove as much distractions as possible (planning ahead helps tremendously) and go balls out on the one task you have planned. Don't forget to plan enough small breaks, e.g. pomodoro style. At the end of the day, the only person that determines your productivity is yourself. Change your mind from "omg im so busy like so many stuff to do!!1!" to "just man the fuck up and do what you planned to do"

    But yeah, easier said than done I guess haha

  4. Sure, I can plan to write my thesis three hours a day, but that doesn't mean I'll get anything done because 2,5 hours of those three I'll just be wondering what the F to write in it.

  5. This is such a crucial video. The idea of productive vs busy is something relevant to everyone, even and sometime especially outside of the school environment. I feel that while in school I was ridiculously productive, able to knock out a masters program and graduate by 22 in only 3 semesters, with a 3.98 GPA… I never appreciated the importance of that accomplishment and what it showed about my work ethic until much later in life. Jump forward to being a full time work from home entrepreneur I was lost in the trap of BUSY ALL THE TIME, nothing to show for it ever. smh I had to step back and analyze myself, my life, and what changed. The idea of school seemed obvious, this is just what I'm supposed to do – I have to do my schoolwork, etc. When it came to my own life projects, with no teacher handing out a syllabus, that's where the busy crept in and productivity stopped. Appreciate your channel and this information being presented so much!

  6. I resell sneakers, and am also a college student. These two things are super time consuming, thank you for your advice because it made me a little bit more efficient!

  7. New Subscriber 🙂 Love your videos. Im a new youtuber but a freelance writer first. So im always jugling cleaning, writing, videos and other task. I feel like you videos have really helped me.

  8. I have a long-term goal(up to a year) and short-term goals(up to a month). I like to plan tasks for the week. Sometimes I use the Pomodoro method to perform tasks. This approach is quite productive. To plan goals, projects, and tasks, I use iSmart.Life app. It is a very simple and free web app.

  9. Hey Thomas! I’m rewatching some of your content and I just wanted to express how awesome you are for making your book available for free! It’s basically a holy grail for students and I’ve only ever come across very pricey very bland books. So, thank you for being amazing!

  10. how you make money, Thomas, I mean, is it just from the youtube or are there are other sources of income too?

  11. how you make money, Thomas, I mean, is it just from the youtube or are there are other sources of income too?

  12. Dude you bullshit for half the video just get to the fucking point stop bulls hitting and get to the fuckin point

  13. Your voice, your accent and your pronounciation… They're all perfect! And the content is beyond perfect!!

  14. I'm on the same page as you. I just finished 3rd year of college and heading into my summer.

    I want to finish a total of 20 videos a day, write 1000 words for my series of e-books, post 3 marketing agency ads for my company, schedule and complete calls with clients to make sales. All this while maintaining a gym schedule and a healthy diet.

    How can I consistently deliver this output for years on end?

  15. I don’t have friends, I don’t go out, I don’t party, I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t have a boyfriend, yet I still end up wasting time somehow. I study but it’s never efficient. It’s always something: feeling tired, hungry, getting food, cleaning, feeling tired again, distraction, etc.
    Then I see classmates taking five classes, have lots of friends, go out, are presidents of organizations, go tot he gym, are in relationships, yet still manage to get straight A’s. I feel so mediocre. Ughhh.

  16. you're my new favorite person! Thanks for everything. Now all that's left is to actually follow your tips and I'm all set xD

  17. Great tips. However, as a work-from-home entrepreneur, what I ask myself is how to insert housework into all this. As I am mainly the only one doing it, it really takes up a lot of my time… and then I find myself working on my computer at 2 am to be able to meet a deadline. Even with "healthy" multitasking (just like listening to this video while folding laundry 🙂 ), I find that 24 hours is just too short for me. I cannot plan exactly my day, even if it sounds really efficient, as every time I try to do it, I think that I can do more than I really am able to accomplish. Like a LOT more. 😀

  18. I just still don't how to do homework. I've never had motivation to do homework, and having to deal with my parent's divorce is just harder. When I try to read an article or a long page of something I just click off because I really don't think that it's going to be important to me whatsoever.

  19. I have a question for you, what mail client do you use? I mean, I know you use Apple but you seem to have a desktop running Windows, and I am courious. idk

  20. It is impossible when you are going to get prepared for
    1)ielts
    2)plought at the university,
    3)for diploma paper,
    4) for german language,
    5)for 2 exam sessions in January and March
    6)every day to be ready for classess at uni and do hometasks
    That's why tomorrow I'm going to give up ielts preparation ..😞

  21. That's a common advice to create estimates that are not the best case scenario. The problem with this is that when you present the time frames to your clients, they often want to know what exactly is done for how long and I don't think anyone would accept a time-frame for a few hours/days/weeks more that is labeled "just in case it goes slower".

  22. Hello from Kazakhstan 🙂 Just have downloaded your book. Thank you so much for letting us download it for free. You are so generous. Wish you success in everything you do:)

  23. pfft .. what a poser .. i use this app ..that app ..pomodoro … bazinga ..fuck off .. didnt even list one fucking useful technique . in fact it motivated me to not watch any more of these videos and give people like you any clicks or money … better off being productive. So thank you for the video.

  24. I came here after watching some of your recent videos and, in my opinion, you've improved a lot. The sound quality, the way you present your content, the end part, all are more enjoyable. I appreciate your work, keep going!

  25. good lord are you people actually going to try to live this way? are you insane? it's like your greatest dream is to be a machine. sad. Because actually you're an organism, a really big beautiful organism which is made of spiritual stuff

  26. I did all the planing and don't do it. I have been doing all the planing for a long time but never get to do the list or stop after 2 or 3 days. How can I fix this?

  27. Suggestion for a video: How do you stay motivated to keep doing accomplished goals. Things that are necessary to maintain in an accomplished state, not just to achieve. Example: Have a daily fasting blood sugar of less than 110. Once you achieve the goal, the sense of accomplishment stamps "done" and it is hard to remember to check the blood sugar after that. This can apply to a number of things, financial goals, etc. It is almost like success is the beginning stage of failure.

  28. I live in the American Gardens building on West 81st street. My name is Patrick Bateman. I'm 27 years old. I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water activated gel cleanser. Then a honey almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then apply an herb mint facial mask, which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion. There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me. Only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our life styles are probably comparable, I simply am not there.

  29. I do this thing called procrastinating until Sunday when everything is due that's how i get my massive workload done

  30. Hmmm Iowa State University, Business/IT major? You’re a very well spoken guy. I think you chose a great major as you seem to be making the most out of it. You strike me as a guy that could’ve done an engineering major but you would’ve had to bust your behind and work for it just like everyone else. I dont doubt your advice works, but I struggle to take advice from people who don’t have the credibility. Again, doesn’t mean you’re not smarter. Clearly you’re smart, no student loan debt and working for yourself. Stay motivated

  31. Get any to-do record – Yep
    Compose one regular schedule – Uh-huh
    Record something to appear above this whiteboard – Mhm
    Appraisal course I take everything – Good
    Penuche rate point defense – Made this
    Dedication on your order – Ah, one's wherever I move back.

  32. Funny that I'm actually in the library right now trying to figure out what I should do first (until I clicked on this video)…

  33. This video just pinpointed where I went wrong. I didn't break down what I had to do to real actionable tasks. I just wrote what was need to be done and tried to stick to that which didn't work. So when I broke down what I had to do further, I started to see more clearly. Thank you so much.

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