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Use Youtube´s Watch Later Feature to be Productive

Updated on February 5, 2020
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Putting a little thought into selecting and arranging the videos you watch on Youtube helps you be more focused, learn more, and have a better overall time watching videos on Youtube. It is very easy to do.

First, choose videos for your Watch Later list by first doing a Filtered search

A Filtered Search

When you search for videos, you can filter them using the filter icon.

If you filter by View Count, you will get a list of videos with the highest amount of views. This can be a good way to add videos to your watch later list if you want to see what other people think are good videos.

You can filter by the Upload Date. This may be important to you if your searching for things which need to be current - such as travel info, technology, or the like. You can further narrow your search by selecting for both View Count and Upload Date.

You can filter by video Length. The length of your videos is important in keeping you focused. Both longer videos and shorter videos should be placed in your Watch Later list, and in an order which will be beneficial to your focus.

In addition, if you are watching a video in a foreign language you may wish to filter for videos with Subtitles/CC.

Filtering your video search in these ways is a first step to creating a quality watch later list that you will be even more motivated with.

When you find a video you want to watch, click the 3 dots then click Watch Later (to add to your Watch Later list)

Order the videos in your Watch List by taking into account the subject matter, format, and length of each video.


Using the Watch Later feature of Youtube is advantageous. You can create a list of videos to be watched in the order in which you prefer. That may sound uninteresting, but, it can help you be productive with videos. If you stagger necessary videos to watch, such as for school or work or something similarly serious, followed by a lighter more fun video, you will probably get through your videos with more attention and focus.


Besides the level of seriousness to think about, also think about the format of the video. Videos often are people focused, data focused, and picture focused. They can include people talking, music, silence, or even noises. Staggering your videos so that the order of watching is diversified by format can help you keep your interest level and focus. One example could be a 20 minute lesson type video in which you learn how to do something. This video may include a lot of speaking which you must pay attention to. It might make sense to follow up this video with a non-verbal video of some kind. Some videos involve screen sharing in which the video teaches you using someone else´s computer screen or their animations, which can involve a lot of eye tracking. So, it might make sense to follow up a video like that with a video that is not so visually focused, like either music, just talking, or similar.


Also, think about the length of each video. A 40 minute serious video followed by a 2 minute fun video may not be much balance to keep you going. Try a 20 minute serious video followed by a 5-10 minute fun video.

Click the 3 bar icon at the top left of the Youtube page to see the videos in your Watch Later list

Drag videos into the order you want in your Watch List

Goto your Watch List. Simply drag videos into the order you want them. It´s that easy. You can also move them to the end or beginning with one click by clicking on the drop down menu next to the video.


Now, with more precisely chosen videos through a filtered search and arranged by subject matter, format, and length, your videos are more intentional. You stand a better chance of remaining focused on them.

Because you´ve planned out and created a list of videos that will play in order, you have no need to interrupt your watching to search for more or other videos, you can simply focus on other things, such as your treadmill, taking some notes, or cooking. Your productivity goes up.

Unlike television, Youtube allows you much more selection. It´s like having a million television channels which you can preselect and watch. Do not miss the opportunity.


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