Wanted a update for Efficiency Enthusiasts on whats up.
I can’t do weekly articles, and I’m taking a break for the start of 2018.
I love efficiency, I think about applying Lean Principles every day. I don’t like low quality studies. While I put almost 20 hours a week into various aspects of conducting studies and collecting massive amounts of food data, I want bigger studies that change the world.
My next steps are to finish one last article for 2017, a mashup of unreleased articles that combined will be of significant value.
After that, I’m taking on some personal projects, programming an App, Starting a charity where I’ll be giving a slowcooker with an easy delicious 3$ meal to children, and………… eventually…. thinking about what major study you can benefit from.
Look forward to the article coming up, I wont release it until its incredibly useful.
The responses from the survey were not as clear cut as I expected. I wanted to share responses and our first cooking show this week. After this week, I don’t expect to have any ‘offtopic’ topics until 2018 when I do a year recap. This topic jumps around, but I wanted to consolidate any ‘fluff’ into one topic, so I don’t need to release anything but engineering for the rest of the year.
tl;dr- Protein Per Second 9-27-17 Due Date. New website ‘Sections’ to come.
Heads Up- First Video and we packed in tons of tips. Goal was to teach how to take any food and turn it into a delicious low cost recipe.
Here are some low cost recipes we make on a daily basis, Facebook style-
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey.
>Almost everyone wants to save Money, and almost everyone wants to save Time. I’ll keep at both, but whatever is shared more gets more articles.
>Most people don’t want to see more Restaurant Per Dollar, “Except X, you should do X Per Dollar”
It seems that everyone has a favorite restaurant that they studied, but they don’t care for most restaurants. My plan is to release these articles in combination with weekly articles.
>Keep the format similar, Problem, Process, Math, Simple Conclusion
>Biphasic Sleep seems to be a huge hit. I have friends that made the change, I’ll get their tips too.
>Most people want to try out some crazy topics, but I’ll do my best to stay grounded.
>Keeping at weekly articles, but I will aim to have larger topics covered on a monthly basis. For those that want daily tips, check out our Facebook for Efficiency Memes.
Requested topics- Streamline Digital Actions, hardware and software Efficiency, Finance, happiness/state of mind, early retirement, travel, and multi-dimensional analysis. In addition, I’ve received feedback that people want more nutrition and time studies.
People have approached me in sharing their Efficiency, and as long as they are data driven, I think they’d be a fantastic addition to the site. That with weekly articles, I’m needed to categorize the website.
Thinking categories- Newest/All Articles, Sleep, Food Optimization, Restaurant Per Dollar, Time Savings, Money Savings
I’m trying to stay away from lifehacks/life pro tips, but I will save time and money by any means necessary… so expect a section for it.
I had multiple people ask to give me money. Someone said I should be pushing my books harder, another asked to start a Patron.
I might do that in the future, I started this website to share my findings. My Engineering job pays for this website, and I am fascinated running it.
This year I spent 10,000 dollars and countless hours trying to get the word out. I’m an engineer, and I want to focus on finding engineering solutions to problems. I can spend that money and time on engineering problems if you can help get the word out by sharing.
Teaching Efficiency> Monetizing This Website
There were specific requests for more personality and more Misses Efficiency.
I want to focus on the math, data, and engineering. However the nature of ‘Engineering Daily Life’ intersects with lifestyle, there are parts of Efficiency that meld with Vacations, Hobbies, Exercise, and How We Spend Time(Leisure). Mandy, Misses Efficiency will be featured in future YouTube videos and the occasional guest post. Glad to see you liked her too.
Instead of dedicating a week to personal interests, here is a paragraph that I hope is sufficient-
I’m fascinated in quantum mechanics, the closest thing we have to a scientific approach to understanding the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. I’m a Catholic, Stoic, Libertarian Anarcho Capitalist, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency owner. I’m fascinated by creativity/aesthetics/philosophy, as it is something unique to our species- yet mathematical principles like the golden ratio and logic are hugely influential on what “looks good”. I’m currently thinking of a way to make Business Casual ‘cool’, including finding a way to add blue to my hair without looking like a rebellious teenager. I always have something in my head, so I’ve started writing on bracelets to remind myself to think of problems. Recently I’m trying to figure out how to treat ‘Fun’ if its nonlinear. Outside of that, we are PC gamers, Netflix watchers, play rec league football, we like camping, having friends over, and attending parties.
Hope that is good enough, if you wanted to know something more specific, let me know.
I had a few offers from Engineers that wanted to contribute to the website. I’m interested, but I have an absurdly high standard of what I consider acceptable research, data, and math. I haven’t had the chance to think through how to take crowdsourced studies and turn that into an article. I’ll make a reminder bracelet and think about it this week 🙂
Back from a much needed vacation, giving myself a due date for Protein Per Second 9-27.
This is a touchy subject with many people. How many times should you eat per day?
Does eating breakfast actually change your metabolism?
Does eating food after 9pm turn it into fat? (No. Excess calories turns into fat)
Should you eat 10 snacks a day? Should you eat once a day?
I’m not the first person to invent this concept, but I might be the first to use it to save time.
Shoutout to Daniel Engerer of Brainchild Engineering for pointing out my eating habits are Efficient.
There are some guidelines for Intermittent Fasting, but I use it loosely.
Don’t treat these as rules, treat these as daily targets during your transition. Once you make the transition, you wont be hungry for breakfast, and you wont be hungry before bed.
Depending on your goals, you might be interested in losing weight. Intermittent Fasting is a popular way to lose weight.
I’m a believer in Calories In = Calories Out.
The Calories you eat daily decides if you gain, maintain, or lose weight. Intermittent Fasting a technique to eat plenty of food ~2 times a day, and still lose weight.
There is no magic here, just structure. I count my calories, but eating 1,000 calories in a single meal psychologically feels good.
I’m going to assume ~10 minutes to consume your breakfast.
My first meal of the day is usually leftovers, and the process looks like this:
Without getting into the details of putting food in a separate piece of Tupperware, putting in the dishwasher, taking out of the dishwasher, putting it away. I’m going to give that a value of 2 minutes. I’ve been told I eat fast, for estimation, I’m going to use 10 minutes.
This is 3,040 hours in your lifetime.
As mentioned before, consistency is key. You can imagine a time in your life that you skipped breakfast enough times that you lost your appetite for breakfast.
If you are using this method to lose weight, I highly recommend a calorie counting app, I still use myfitnesspal, but it seems to be filled with push notifications/social media/ads.
We are huge fans of making enough food for leftovers. We just Just-In-Time for our grocery shopping, and we don’t buy any groceries for Thursday. By Thursday, we usually have enough food in Tupperware that we have a quick dinner that can be microwaved in moments. If we somehow ate everything, we always have eggs in the refrigerator and make ‘Breakfast for dinner’.
If you are open to change your eating habits, I highly recommend this lifestyle. It saves time, it aids in losing weight, and it might save you money if you can skip eating out.
As mentioned last week, this week we have a survey that will impact the future of Efficiency Is Everything.
Fill out the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/Eiv8Ekirp55qYTI63
Shouldnt take more than 5 minutes, and as an engineer, more feedback is always better. Constructive criticism is preferred over praise.
As an FYI-
The month of August I’m wrapping up edits on the book Efficiency Is Everything – In Life. This is a gigantic time and energy sink, but its almost done. After that, Myself and Misses Efficiency are taking a much needed vacation.
Then… Full focus on new studies created and designed by myself. (I like my engineering interns, but I’m craving some high impact life studies.) Get excited to see new youtube videos showing applications.
Goal for me is to have an easy article this week. Three topics I want to hit on – The Last 1/2 Year, Your Feedback, and My Time.
Failures + learning experiences-
Be realistic with time and energy.
Every article fascinates me, I can’t wait to see the results of our studies!
I time out my tasks on my watch to get an idea what I spend time on.
I find a weekly article takes between 5-15 hours per week. Pretty evenly spent between thinking about the problem, collecting the data, and writing an article.
I’ve hired out some studies to engineers and college engineering interns in the hopes of getting more articles done. Well… I end up doing the math for each article, explain data collection methods and standards, and went full editor when it came time to finish the article. I havent saved much time, but we are getting lots of new articles, memes, and videos.
Would you rather I continue with weekly smaller studies or release a study on complex problems once a month? Next week I’m going to send a survey to decide how I spend my time.
My next 2 complex problems are Food Per Second and Fun Per (Dollar * Second).
Food Per Second requires much time, and many empty stomachs. I took on collecting 2 pieces of data, and I ended up with a breakfast burrito and 5lbs of Chicken. Given the vast ways to prepare, obtain, and consume food, this will be a study of the fastest and most popular methods.
Fun Per (Dollar*Hour) is a theoretical investigation into quantifying Life. Each unit is pretty difficult to deal with, but the math really does work and is useful.
Final edits on Efficiency Is Everything – In Life.
After 4 years, its finally what I wanted it to be. Easy to read, easy to implement tips applying Lean Manufacturing Principles at home.
I unfortunately spend more time on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter promoting than I spend making content. If you arent growing, you are dying. I’m an engineer, not a marketing expert… Looking to either outsource this or go viral in the future. Consider sharing articles, that way I can spend time on engineering, not business things.
I’ve gotten mail from you and I get immense joy reading them. I’ve gotten fascination, investigative minds, hilarious applications, and food questions that had me working on improving my website. I really appreciate everyone that emailed me over the last few months. They are the people that inspired me to design, study, analyze and release weekly articles.
Okay, calling this post done, let me get to work on more Efficiency. Here are some memes for this week!
I want to introduce a topic I’ve been hiding for a few years. As a heads up, this is a theory heavy intro. Feedback, thoughts, and ideas are all appreciated.
I take moments out of my day to think about the math behind this concept.
What if you took an activity and:
We have a very, very, basic, Minutes of Fun/Dollar output.
Minutes spent doing the activity divided by the After Tax Cost of doing the activity.
After collecting 150+ pieces of data from friends, I’ve had the following inputs for division by 0. Infinity Fun Per Dollar. Or, free activities.
Some very high ranking sources of Minutes of Fun/Dollar that do cost money
The difference between activities gets drastic, renting Kayaks netted only 1.8 Minutes of Fun Per Dollar. Go Karting, 0.5. Kayaks are a 3x better value.
Warning: The data I have collected is inconsistent when it comes to including gas prices, cost of internet, and initial purchases. My expectation for data is ‘Airbag Safety’ high. This is as valid as something you’d see in non-engineering fields. Data was collected over a few years, from over a hundred people.
Adding three more variables, each person could find out based on their preferences what their best value is:
As a note, any self assigned values can go beyond 10 to add emphasis. For consistency, all of my collected data has used the range 1-10. The data displayed here uses Priority Fun/Priority Money = 1.
There are multiple entries from multiple people, remember this is all subjective.
Bagel club is a weekly membership that requires you to buy bagels once every few months.
Assuming each person eats 1 bagel + cream cheese, each person pays close to 2$ a week to be in bagel club. Given having a bagel is a 9.5/10 fun for the 3 minutes in takes me to eat a bagel, how much Fun Per Dollar is that?
3 minutes /$2 = 1.5 minutes of fun per dollar spent.
But it was a 10/10 fun. 10* 1.5 Minutes of Fun= 15 “Kirks”(PLEASE tell me a better name!)
So is bagel club worth it?
Well consider dropping 30 dollars at a bar over 2 hours. Bars being a 7/10 fun for me, would score:
120 minutes * 7 Fun / 30 Dollars = 28 Kirks
It seems it would be better value to skip bagel club, and head to the Bar. But hey, I love the occasional bagel.
I’m a nerd, so of course I have an app. As a 1 man show, I have Android and….
As a nerd, I also don’t have anything Apple.
However, I have a Web App. It records data, looks beautiful, but initial setup/understanding is rough. It works on all platforms, but I’d like to brief you first. Shoot me an email.
Writing this article has provoked all sorts of new ideas about Fun Per Dollar.
Hey this article broke with an update of the website.
The TL;DR is to download and try Spreed
It presents words so you dont need to move your eyes. This method is quite popular and many other apps exist, I use spreed myself for wikipedia articles.
Until I get around to updating this article with pretty pictures again
Working hard on Nutrition Per Dollar, biggest setback is well formatted, reliable data which I got THIS WEEK! I’ve never been closer and we are soon going to have the most Efficient way to eat!
Also, website + homepage has been updated!
4 Years ago I had a 2.5 hour daily commute where I flipped through radio stations
“Terrible pop song…”
“They are still on Commercial?”
“They are playing that song again?”
“Ahh no one cares about that celebrity…”
And I’d flip through again for the next 3-5 minutes waiting for commercials or songs to end, hoping the next content would be better. I was working the midnight shift, and if I was tired, this commute was downright dangerous. After a year of this painful commute, I moved within 5 minutes of my workplace. Much needed.
Years later, I was offered a job with a 2 hour daily commute. It was a high paying dream job, I couldn’t refuse. I made a promise to myself, I would not be wasting 500 hours a year in the car.
With everything from
Podcasts and Audiobooks are life changing.
Podcasts often present education and facts in an extremely entertaining format. Audiobooks can have as much detail as a graduate level university course. These formats will have something that you enjoy. Its like watching a movie, reading a book, or taking a class for 14 hours a week.
Now, instead of getting amped about one person flying down a lane before it ends, I get to listen to an extra few seconds of entertainment. Even after a 1.5 hour commute, I’ll often wait in my car a few minutes because I’m dying to hear whats next. I had almost no interest in history, but after listening to podcasts, I find it more interesting than any novel. I actually prefer driving to most days of work! Commercials? Expect 60 seconds every 30 minutes, and strangely enough, the commercials were to great products that I’ve actually investigated and started using.
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History : Wrath of the Khans – This podcast is like watching a blockbuster movie. Its a great first experience into the world of podcasts.
Planet Money – An entertainment podcast about different odd things in the business world. Everything from why people pay 200,000 dollars for a generic looking bag to odd economic forces at play. Everything is told in an entertaining format, and sometimes they go way further than I expect as they often will show up halfway across the world to interview someone I thought was unreachable.
BBC Business Daily – A world news type of podcast which is a superior replacement to the daily news from the mainstream media. Top notch production.
Stuff You Should Know – 2 personalities give you a detailed 30 minute insight on topics you should know. How Chili Peppers work, How caffeine works, How panic attacks work, and so much more. They arent experts, but they spend hours and hours researching and give you a 30 minute overview on the topic.
Old Episodes of Freakanomics – A team uses economics to find the answer to psychological phenomenon. Very entertaining, very informative. The new episodes are not worth listening to, but search for topics you find interesting on his older stuff.
Radiolab – Story telling with a lesson. Every time I listen to these, I feel like I learn more about humans.
The great part, they are all free and have plenty to offer you in terms of entertainment and education.
Audiobooks have a cost, but are so cheap that I have difficulty comprehending how its possible. It seems almost futuristic. Take for instance a best selling business book.
You take your pocket orb that connects you to the internet
Buy a book for $10, the cost of working minimum wage for an hour and 20 minutes.
Get the experiences and knowledge of people sent directly to your brain!
No reading required, but you get high quality content.
A Fun Recommendation is Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. You dont need to be a nerd to enjoy this ~5 hour, 5 star audio movie. This is The Grandfather of Audiobooks. Dont Panic 😉
No more scanning the radio, start enjoying your commute, and begin absorbing information!
Nutrition per dollar, and Taco Bell Per Dollar, and some insane stoichiometry that makes me think I ‘discovered’ a unit for Value.
(This is version 1.0 of Protein Per Dollar, it’s more accurate than a buzzfeed article, however we havent completed an R&R style study, and isn’t ready for significant math applications. This is the conclusion off n=1, m=1.)
Protein is an unavoidable part of human life. Completing a detailed Obtain to Disposal time study may even have far reaching effects in food service and labor.
I don’t think anyone in the history of humanity has done a time study on the most efficient ways to get protein from start to finish. Although I will give credit to Hunter Gatherers 😛
Deciding where to start the timer was difficult. Do we include Grocery shopping? Do we include the time it takes for me to get my clothing on? Do we include the time it takes to write a grocery list?
These are work in progress questions. End goal is to include every aspect from idea creation to disposal.
This article includes Prep and cleanup time of grocery proteins. This does not include acquisition time.
Obtaining Protein is different from most carbs and fats, meats have to be refrigerated and often cooked. These below are instantly ready, requiring no preparation.
If you can drink milk, its my top method to getting calories and protein.
Careful for highway robbery, this can be expensive. I’ve seen this for less than 4g protein per dollar.
Premade Protein Shakes, Cottage Cheese, Protein Bars, Greek Yogurt, Imitation Krab, and Veggies. Broccoli is ready to eat and has a few grams of protein in it. These items will make for some interesting math!
Not quite as fast, but these are probably some of your best overall values.
My personal favorite. Something so quick I often make it before work.
Tuna, Salmon, Spam, and more.
Make as many as you can fit in a pan, eat it all week.
Probably one of the easiest things to make
Depending on how hard it is to get your slow cooker out, this might be easier than lentils!
Creating dimensionless units and ranking by a formula:
Y= Protein Per Second/Protein Per Second(Minimum) * Protein Per Dollar/Protein Per Dollar Max
Until we gather enough data, I feel safe to list my top 5
I am very excited for the future of this. The Calorie Per Dollar List started as 15 frequently bought items. Creating a time study for proteins, calories, and nutrition may open up new metrics and mathematics for healthy eating quickly.
By the end of the year, I expect to have a full formula to rate by nutrition, cost, and time.
If anyone has a thought to contribute to developing the data or formulas, I’d love to hear what you can find useful.
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Original Article – Save 12 hours A Week Sleeping + 4 Tips On How To Fall Asleep Fast
You may already be getting similar REM cycles as Biphasic WITHOUT the nap.
I only need to sleep ~5 minutes of the 20 minutes to get a REM cycle. You will know- It will feel like 2-3 hours went by, but its only been 20 minutes.
After 3 weeks, your body will adjust. You will have learned how to fall asleep in 20 minutes.
The first 3 weeks are hard.
Final warning- the first 3 weeks are hard.
I recommend picking one consistent time of day +/-2 hours as a target. I do 6pm, and nap between 4-8pm, but an early or later nap is not crushing.
If you drink more than 100mg Caffeine a day, it might be worth abstaining for a few weeks before starting.
I failed and slept in 2 times during those 3 weeks. Do your best.
Set the alarm for 20 minutes, pick a spot, dont open your eyes, don’t move. Wait until the alarm goes off.
Those practices are bad, do your best to limit as much as possible.
Broscience: Strange benefits I’ve discovered- If I sleep in 9+ hours after drinking or if I feel like I’m getting sick- I often can cure it. (Mrs Efficiency agrees)
Me and Mrs Efficiency have swapped drivers to take naps on a long car ride after work.
There are more places/times to nap than you think. We almost never skip it. It is only 20 minutes. (I’ve done it at a wedding and no one noticed.)
As a Detroit Lions Fan who visits my parents on Sunday, the 20 minute nap can be a godsend.
Enjoy the extra 2 hours. This includes when you diet- expect to be awake 2 extra hours…
The 20 minute nap boosted after-work productivity, but we have used the time to play video games.
Imagine going to bed at 2AM and being awake at 8AM. Was useful changing time zones and traveling Italy.
Plan a time to try it, and start. Give yourself 3 months, see how you like it.
For another Time Saving Tip, Speed Up Netflix and Youtube to Save 6 Minutes Every Hour