How I Balance Data Science and Content Creation (7 Secrets)
This is the most important video I’ve made if you struggle with time management. In it I show you the 7 secrets that have allowed me to balance my data science career and YouTube journey.
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Exact Notebook I use – https://amzn.to/3c2R49W
8 x 11 whiteboards – https://amzn.to/3c0vrXJ
My podcast – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpEJMMRoTIHJ8vG8q_EwqCg
#66DaysOfData – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV_AlRwhI3I&ab_channel=KenJee
Leaderboard Project – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myhoWUrSP7o&ab_channel=KenJee
My Pillars for success – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf3j0lWmFPU&ab_channel=KenJee
0:45 Balance is a Myth
8:10 Economies of Scope
10:33 Make it Leisure
11:39 Design Your Life
When I first started doing YouTube, each video took me almost 20 hours to make. It was almost impossible for me to make videos, keep up with my data science learning, and do a solid job with my work. Over the last two years I started to crack the code to balancing YouTube, my work, and my leisure time. These are the ultra super secret techniques that I use to stay on top of things.
1) Balance – I personally think that life balance is a myth. Let me clarify. I think balance on a day to day basis is completely unrealistic. Being able to fit work, leisure, health, family, spirituality, and whatever else matters to you into every single day would really stress me out. On the other hand, over the course of months or years I am certain you can find balance across multiple areas of your life. I find that focusing on long term balance (particularly weekly or monthly), is something that has allowed me to manage my time effectively.
2) Elimination – A lot of people know this as 80/20 or the pareto principle. At the beginning of 2019, I read “The One Thing” and I could probably attribute about 90% of my youtube success to this book. Essentially, it says that if you focus your time almost exclusively on the single most important thing, the thing that gives you the greatest return for the least amount of time invested, you will find success.
3) Hyper Prioritization – The next thing that helps me to stay “balanced” is what I call schedule hyper-prioritization. Every month I plan out exactly what I need to do for the next few weeks. Every week I plan out what I need to do every day, and every day I plan out what I should be working on each hour. This may seem like a lot of time spent planning, but as strange as this seems, it actually saves me a tremendous amount of time.
4) Economies of Scope – Another part of planning is seeing what parts of your life overlap. Often times I will make a YouTube video about a topic that I needed to learn anyway for work. When I do this I am getting what are called economies of scope. This comes from economic terms and basically means that the cost (time) of producing two things together are less than producing each thing separately.
5) Ask for Help – When other a tool or other people can do a portion of your work better at a lower cost than your time, it is worth outsourcing. Honestly, this is something I’ve really struggled with, I like to have control over the process, and it takes time to find systems and people that you trust to work with you. Still, I think this is so worth it.
6) Make it Leisure – When you ask for help and you start to do more of the work that is fun for you and less of the work that isn’t you might start to find additional enjoyment. Something that has really helped me to do more has been finding ways to make my tasks seem more like leisure. This can be difficult to do, but can be one of the secrets to the balancing act.
7) Design Your Life – Something that you can do to make your work feel like leisure over the long term is to begin to design your life. You choose roles that allow you the types of freedoms you want, you pick hobbies or side hustles that you find fun and interesting, you chase the things you want to do the most.
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