Here’s a quick productivity tips on how you can save some time by playing back media at faster speed. This is especially helpful if you’re consuming the media for info and not for entertainment.
If you’re listening to an audiobook or podcast, look for a player that allows you to listen at a faster speed. Depending on the speaker and material, a speed of 1.2, 1.3 or even 1.5 times will work just fine.
When watching tutorial or presentation video, a faster speed playback is essential as walkthrough style video training tends to have more moments that you want to ‘fast forward’. You can adjust playback speed when watching YouTube video online, but the steps of 1.5 and 2.0 speed might not be ideal. One workaround is to download the YouTube, Vimeo video to your Mac, and playback with app such as VLC Media Player that gives you finer grain control of playback speed.