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EssentialJen's Essentials - Increased Playback Speed

If you're anything like me, your inbox is overflowing with lots of valuable webinars and e-learning videos, and you can't keep up with all the interesting podcast episodes stacking up in your podcast app. At times, I've felt stressed out by missing out on content I really wanted to consume, but lacked the time to get to. Enter my new favorite feature: increasing the playback speed on videos and podcasts!

I'd never tried this before, because I thought it would go too fast or sound garbled. Then one day with a backlog of videos and podcasts I really wanted to get through, I decided to give it a try and found that it's awesome!  

Most often, I can listen at 1.5x speed. This allows me to get through a one-hour webinar in 40 minutes instead of one hour. I'll sometimes speed up the introductory remarks and pleasantries at the beginning to 2x until the meat of the conversation starts, in order to shave off even more time.   

Speeding up the playback allows me to absorb information quickly without compromising comprehension. Surprisingly, I've found that it actually enhances my concentration and focus! I'm compelled to pay closer attention to keep up with the accelerated pace. 

The heightened engagement helps prevent distractions and wandering thoughts, leading to a more immersive and focused experience. As a bonus, the likelihood of boredom or monotony is reduced due to the brisk tempo. For this reason, now I increase the speed even if I'm not short on time. Give it a try for yourself!


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