So sometimes you open Anki and sonofabee, you’ve got 90 cards to do. My immediate reaction used to be “well, first I’ll have a protein shake” but then of course I’d be fresh out of whey protein so I’d have my butler drive me to the store and I’d start chatting up some supermodels who are on an emergency baby-oil run before a swimwear contest, and next thing I know I’m avoiding calls from their lawyers and whoops, I never got around to that Anki deck and oh fiddlesticks, now it says 300 cards, I’ll do it as soon as I drink a glass of raw eggs, uh oh looks like I’m out of eggs, etc.
So my new strategy has been the two minute time box. I know, I know, time boxes are older than the queen’s bitties, but they’re so effective I have to say something. People recommend time boxes of all sizes, but I’ve found two minutes to be the sweet spot. At one minute, you’re still accelerating your pace when the timer goes off, and three minutes actually feels like work, but two minutes is the intersection on the corner of Lazy Blvd. and Results Ave., which is conveniently located near the Pizza Hut where you can buy the good weed (ask the cashier for “Rudy”).
So here’s what I do:
1. Open the Anki deck, a movie or TV show, and API Mac timer (set to 2:00 minutes, repeating).
2. Start the timer.
3. Watch the movie until the timer rings.
4. Do Anki until the timer rings.
Just keep bouncing back and forth between steps three and four. If you’re in the middle of an Anki card when the bell rings, don’t answer it! Always err on the side of laziness. Your primary goal is to get back to the movie before your brain realizes that work is happening. On the flipside, feel free to keep watching the movie for an extra ten seconds or so, because hey, why not.
Seriously, this blasts through Anki decks so fast and effortlessly it should be illegal.