How I Balance Data Science and Content Creation (7 Secrets)




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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.

Tools Referenced:
The One Thing – https://amzn.to/3c14gMh
High Performance Planner – https://amzn.to/3c9MtT4
Exact Notebook I use – https://amzn.to/3c2R49W
8 x 11 whiteboards – https://amzn.to/3c0vrXJ
https://calendly.com/
http://frame.io/

Videos Referenced:
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

0:00 Intro
0:45 Balance is a Myth
2:35 ELIMINATION
4:54 Hyper-prioritization
8:10 Economies of Scope
9:08 HELP!
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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  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Thanks for watching everyone! Hope these tips helped you out! As a reminder all the tips, tools, and summaries are in the description!
    Check these out next:
    My podcast – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpEJMMRoTIHJ8vG8q_EwqCg
    #66DaysOfDatahttps://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

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    These are great tips, Ken. The most important thing I should focus on each day is to read books of Machine Learning.

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Missed opportunity to have your dad sport a 66daysofdata shirt! And I was low key hoping to learn how to balance papayas in this video, Ken. 😀

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Hi Ken ! Thanks for the video 🙂 I've just starting a new job as data scientist officially after a year struggling with the old job. And what a timing! You released this video exactly when I am about to start timelining my 2021 for the projects I will be doing in the new office ! I'm so excited to re-start my data science and bioinformatics journey and I am planning to also write at towardsdatascience.com to share my journey and experiences in science. High hopes for brighter 2021 !

    Love from Indonesia 🙂

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    I never thought about using the different parts of the brain .. I think that's why I like to cook after a long day of coding and reading empirical literature, I start to feel more energetic as soon as I start cutting. Very motivating and helpful video ! I hope I'll get the chance to meet you one day

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    How many times did Ken adjust his glasses? LOL

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Oh my god, I love Papa Jee

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    "No papayas were harmed" I guffawed

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    #20: I wanted to go in order watching the videos, but this one! Oh my! Is great!!!
    The tips, the techniques. You are in the flow, this is going great for you! Again, inspiring!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Ps: The guest appearance it’s lovely! #66daysofdata

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    That was the best introduction to a video I've seen all month 😂

    I agree that balance is a myth. I recently started reading "Atomic Habits" by James Clear and it's helping me out a lot with time management!

    Highly Recommend It!

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Daddy knows best.

    I mean, you already said he thinks you're soft, now this? Man's hard to please. 🤣

    The one thing? Maybe eliminate distractions so I can focus on learning what I need to in order to develop this skill to an employable level……I don't focus long enough and forget very easily

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Great video! Structure does helps with learning.

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Class video. Could you make one on the best way to showcase your work (YouTube vs blog vs personal website etc)

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    I guess it's going to be inculcating the habit to work deeply that'll take me places

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Tq for inspiring me to pursue data science even tho i m majoring in networking. Currently using my 1 month sembreak to smash through its microcourses

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Fuck …I'm currently in your #66daysofdata challenge community and I tweeted this exact thing about work life balance in my latest tweet …..I really wanted some good advice and here I go !

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Ken and Papaya>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    GR8!!!

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Great video Ken! Great advice on the economies of scope, I'm also trying to balance research, content creation and teaching and it's slowly working and falling into place. The initial phase was quite challenging though when the overlap was not apparent, luckily its starting to work out, thanks for the tip a while back!
    12:42 Hey, that's me! 😆

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    This is actually very informative totally agree on planner which I don't follow even If I make I will try to do and you remember ken in live with Andrew you suggested me an book for machine learning I went through it on Amazon it is expensive after converting it in rupees it became like 2 to 3K . But anyway love your content as always and appreciate how active you are in this community and helping others❤️💯

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Movie : 7 Secret
    Star cast : ken and papaya
    Cameo : ken's Dad
    Moral : got way too much knowledge from one video 💯💯🎉
    Ps: sorry had to do this 😂💯

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Nowadays it's much harder to keep a balance, especially in countries that impose large restrictions on social interactions.

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Some really helpful stuff in there. Besides being easily distracted my biggest problem when planning is overloading days and not being able to do something in the planned time frame.

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Thanks, ken for sharing this…It's really very helpful 2 new things I get to know and I have to work most on these two things: 80/20 rule and Hyper- Prioritization

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    Very very inspiring!

  • Ken Jee
    January 23, 2021

    This is really interesting, and those things might not be a secret, but sometimes you can't think about them on your own, and videos like this help to get you back on track when you need it.
    PS: I plan to learn about Docker today, I think it's exactly what I need right now for a job interview and for my own work in the future.

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