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How to Consume Content in a Fraction of the Time While Retaining It All…

Coner Murphy
4 min readJul 19, 2019


The modern world presents many unique problems to us, one of which I’m sure you’ll agree is the constant supply of content available to us for consumption in an ever-shrinking amount of time.

Have you ever found yourself in any of these situations?

  • Want to watch all the latest series but haven’t got the time?
  • Start books only to put them down a few weeks in?
  • Find podcasts to long-winded and time-consuming?

If you have ever been in one of those situations, then you’re in luck as I might have the solution for you.

Moving to Slow

Think of the last TV episode you watched. How long was it? Odds are, it was somewhere in the 40–60-minute range. Now, personally, I find it hard to block out an hour of my time exclusively for TV. But, how does 20–30 minutes sound? More achievable?

Your average box set has 8 episodes per season with each episode lasting 1 hour. So, to finish one season it’ll take 8 hours. But, it’s never just one season; many shows routinely have 4+ seasons, so in reality, we’re looking closer to 32 hours to complete a show or nearly a day and a half.

You see the issue with modern content is it’s dragged out with long pauses and long-winded dialogue which could easily be chopped out to save time, and in a world where everything needs to be completed yesterday this is exactly what needs to be done.

Similarly, have you ever had to play catch-up with someone watching a TV series?

Unless you can commit all your time to it, it’s an agonisingly slow process as I recently found out when I had to catch up to my girlfriend watching Avatar: The Last Airbender by watching episode 1 to episode 20 which normally takes 8 hours but with the trick I’m going to share with you, it only took me 2.5 hours.

Let’s Play with Time

Before we jump into the details, here’s an illustration of what I’m talking about using this clip from Game of Thrones.

Playback Speed — 1x:



Coner Murphy

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