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5 Questions: Personal Branding, Depression, and Speaking Like a Native (Ep. 242)

  • 1 day ago

In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about budgeting without an income, maintaining a mastermind group, staying productive while depressed, and more. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Skillshare: with over 20,000 courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning at Skillshare.com/geek. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas' Ninja Warrior Training Routine (Ep. 241) The Science Behind Why You Procrastinate 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating NOW How to Break Your Procrastination Habit (For Good) Buffer: Why Practice Actually Makes Perfect: How to Rewire Your Brain for Better Performance Rand Fishkin's SEO course on Skillshare Build A Personal Brand You Can Be Proud Of The Art Of Promoting Yourself (Ep. 4) Promote Yourself, by Dan Schawbel Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:41 - Budgeting when you don't have a stable source of income 0:11:14 - Staying productive while dealing with depression 0:27:25 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:30:02 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:31:51 - Speaking a foreign language as well as a native speaker 0:43:54 - Keeping a Jedi Council alive 0:48:33 - Building your personal brand 1:02:05 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Thomas' Ninja Warrior Training Routine (Ep. 241)

  • 8 days ago

Push-ups aren't going to cut it here. We talk about how Thomas has been switching up his exercise routine to try out for American Ninja Warrior. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to Hover.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: The Science Behind Why You Procrastinate 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating NOW How to Break Your Procrastination Habit (For Good) Linus Tech Tips on YouTube How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210) Atomik Climbing Holds How to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:10:02 - Thinking you're not cut out for something 0:12:25 - Training for different Ninja Warrior obstacles 0:29:25 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:31:27 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:33:48 - Training for different Ninja Warrior obstacles (continued) 0:37:49 - How to prepare yourself 0:47:23 - Making yourself seem interesting to the audience 0:52:43 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240)

  • 15 days ago

Have you ever wanted to be good at everything? Well, you're not alone. We talk about what we can learn from archetypal renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Audible: Get access to the world's largest library of audiobooks with a 30-day trial - and a free audiobook download that you get to keep forever. For a limited time, you can also get 3 months of Audible at $6.95 per month. Go to Audible.com/cig, or text "CIG" to 500-500 on your phone to get started. Skillshare: with over 20,000 courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 months of unlimited learning for just 99¢ at Skillshare.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Leonardo Da Vinci's Biography, by Sir Walter Isaacson College Info Geek Merch Business Adventures, by John Brooks) The Science Behind Why You Procrastinate 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating NOW 5 Questions: Breakups, Skill-Building, and Sticking to Your Goals (Ep. 237) Hardcore History's History Under The Influence episode 99% Invisible The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John Ratey Mike Vardy's Time Theming Skillshare course Ode To A Flower video What It Takes to Open a Coffee Shop (Ep. 114) Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:02:03 - What was Leonardo da Vinci interested in? 0:18:47 - Addictions and Da Vinci's procrastination 0:27:55 - Being obsessive and curious 0:32:46 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:37:37 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:39:41 - Thinking deeply about things 0:45:34 - Keeping your mind open to being wrong 0:47:16 - Collaborating with other people 0:52:46 - Thoughts on Da Vinci and Essentialism 1:03:57 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Our Favorite Life-Improving Purchases Under $50 (Ep. 239)

  • 22 days ago

Not everything worth getting has to cost a lot. Here are some of our favorite reasonably-priced upgrades to improve your life without breaking the bank. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. CuriosityStream: High-quality streaming for people who love to learn. Get your first 30 days free by going to CuriosityStream.com/CollegeInfoGeek and using the promo code 'collegeinfogeek' when you sign up. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Get Out of Debt as Fast as Possible (Ep. 238) Iron Gym Workout Bar ProSource Multi-Grip Pull-Up Bar Audio Technica ATH-M20x Chef Knife Alex French Guy Cooking on YouTube Leuchtturm Hardcover Dotted Notebook Sharpie Plastic Point Stick Water Resistant Pen Stainless Steel Electric Kettle AeroPress The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green) Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by Eliezer Yudkowsky Rationality and Precise Thinking (Ep. 57) The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown) Deep Work, by Cal Newport Atomic Habits, by James Clear The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey Practical Botany for Gardeners, by Geoff Hodge The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage Isa Does It, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz The Science of Cooking, by Dr. Stuart Farrimond Ontario Knives Rat 2 Oster Blender NutriBullet Bean Zafu Meditation Cushion Bean Bamboo Meditation Bench Hover Backblaze Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle How Much Water Should You REALLY Be Drinking? Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:50 - Pull-up bars 0:08:22 - Noise-cancelling headphones 0:12:47 - Chef's knife and knife-honing tools 0:17:35 - Notebooks for your ideas and goals 0:20:25 - Wall of velcro 0:22:17 - Teapots, kettles and AeroPress 0:27:53 - Fiction book starter kit 0:32:37 - Sponsor: CuriosityStream (Learning new topics) 0:35:17 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:37:31 - Fiction book starter kit (continued) 0:39:17 - Plug strips 0:40:30 - Nonfiction book starter kit 0:46:13 - Pocket knives 0:48:37 - Blenders 0:50:57 - Toolkits 0:53:21 - Meditation cushions and benches 0:56:21 - Taking care of plants 0:58:31 - Domain names 0:59:57 - Cloud storage services 1:06:07 - Reusable water bottles 1:07:46 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Get Out of Debt as Fast as Possible (Ep. 238)

  • 29 days ago

Debt isn't always a bad thing, but it certainly doesn't feel good when you have too much of it. We talk about how to get out of unwanted debt faster. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. SimpleContacts - The best way to renew your current contact subscription without needing to see a doctor. Get $20 off your first lens purchase by going to SimpleContacts.com/CIG or by entering the code 'CIG' at checkout. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168) Invest or Pay Off Debt? on Listen Money Matters Debt-Free U, by Zac Bissonnette Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber Mint (iOS | Android) Personal Capital (iOS | Android) Thomas' Budget Modeler Spreadsheet SoFi Credible LendingClub Why You Aren't Successful Yet (Ep. 219) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:09:31 - Two different methods for paying off debt 0:19:09 - Investing in yourself to help you pay off debt earlier 0:32:37 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:35:38 - Sponsor: Simple Contacts (Renewing your contact lenses) 0:37:58 - Should you pay off your debt as fast as possible? 0:49:04 - How to pay off your debt faster 0:52:27 - Taking on new loans to pay existing ones 0:57:53 - The money pipeline 1:02:59 - Focusing on growing instead of just making cuts 1:17:00 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: Breakups, Skill-Building, and Sticking to Your Goals (Ep. 237)

  • about 1 month ago

In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about breakups, schedules, letters of recommendation, skill-building, and staying consistent with your goals. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to hover.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Discord Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl Stack Overflow answer by a graduate professor How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation and References How to Be Good at Everything - The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210) How to Grow Your Social Media Following (Ep. 224) Duolingo (iOS | Android) Habitica (iOS | Android) Momentum (iOS) Strides (iOS) iTalki (iOS | Android) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:06:30 - Staying productive while dealing with a break-up 0:20:09 - Writing your own letter of recommendation 0:25:42 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:49 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:30:28 - Scheduling your work when you have flexible hours 0:40:32 - Comparing yourself to people who seem to accomplish a lot more than you 0:50:59 - Being consistent while building habits 0:56:56 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

The Video Game Episode (Ep. 236)

  • about 1 month ago

Can you be productive and still play video games? We talk about how we play games without sacrificing success, along with a few of our favorites. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Tom's Games: Guitar Hero III Celeste) Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Pokémon FireRed Portal 2 Overwatch) Enter the Gungeon Hollow Knight The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Dance Dance Revolution and Pump It Up) Martin's Games: Monster Hunter: World Celeste) Animal Crossing) Golden Sun: The Lost Age The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Super Mario Odyssey The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Pokémon Silver Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Links: Atomic Habits, by James Clear Nerd Fitness Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:01:44 - Are video games worth your time? 0:14:11 - Using video games as a coping mechanism 0:18:58 - Avoiding a video game dependency 0:27:03 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:29:01 - Avoiding a video game dependency (continued) 0:36:13 - Some of our favourite games 0:52:15 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Fix Your Spending Problem (Ep. 235)

  • about 2 months ago

Cash rules everything around me, so I probably shouldn't spend it all. We talk about a few ways to slow down your spending. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Mint (iOS | Android) Daily Budget (iOS) USDA Food Plans Strides (iOS) Momentum (iOS) Atomic Habits, by James Clear Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189) Bear (Mac | iOS) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:02:54 - Tracking your expenses and spending less 0:22:00 - Curbing impulse spending 0:27:52 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:35:38 - Don't invest too much on a new hobby 0:39:04 - Figure out what exactly is making you spend all your money 0:40:46 - Ignoring sales 0:42:38 - What subscriptions are you actually making use of 0:46:53 - Friends that make you spend too much money 0:51:48 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Achieve Work-Life Balance (Ep. 234)

  • about 2 months ago

Between jobs, classes, and the quest for a fulfilling personal life, things can get overwhelming. We talk about how to find a better work-life balance. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: 3 Things Martin Learned Almost Dying on a Mountain Bike (Ep. 229) Cortex CGP Grey on YouTube Charisma on Command on YouTube Freshly Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:02:08 - How we're trying to achieve a work-life balance 0:13:26 - Comparing your life to other people's 0:20:32 - Working more efficiently instead of working more hours 0:29:37 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:31:59 - Setting up expectations other people have of you 0:44:02 - Dedicating yourself to something and delegating tasks 1:05:21 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Career Fairs and Networking Events (Ep. 233)

  • 2 months ago

If you're looking to build a career, you'll probably need to talk to someone. Here's how to put your best foot forward at career fairs and everywhere else. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to hover.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Evernote (iOS | Android) Bear (iOS) Notion (iOS | Android) Money Lab Listen Money Matters CGP Grey on YouTube Sara Dietschy on YouTube Benny Lewis Epic Rap Battles of History on YouTube Silver-Medal Mentors Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:10:20 - Why go to Career Fairs 0:13:40 - Dressing up and showing off your work 0:25:46 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:50 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:31:37 - Researching the companies you’re interested in 0:34:39 - Practicing with other companies before talking to the ones you like 0:39:27 - Why go to networking events and conferences 0:57:23 - How to find new events 0:58:57 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Get Really Good at Photography (Ep. 232)

  • 2 months ago

If you've ever wanted to take your Instagram posts to the next level, this episode is for you. We talk about how and why to learn the art of photography. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Not Get Hacked (Ep. 187) How to Grow Your Social Media Following (Ep. 224) How to Study Effectively with Flash Cards How Much Water Should You REALLY Be Drinking? How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes Fstoppers' Exposure Triangle article Canon Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera Meike Automatic Extension Tube Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro Lens Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens Unbox Therapy on YouTube Listen Money Matters Mango Street on YouTube Peter McKinnon on YouTube Caleb Wojcik on YouTube Jared Polin on YouTube The Photographer's Ephemeris Borrow Lenses Adobe Lightroom Affinity Photo Pixelmator Light Pollution Map Snapseed (iOS | Android) mmCalc Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:13:31 - Why did we do an episode about this topic 0:18:12 - Why does Martin like photography 0:26:00 - How to get started in photography 0:32:24 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:47 - How to feel about your old work 0:38:02 - Should you buy expensive gear as a beginner? 0:44:08 - Why upgrade your equipment and what to upgrade first 0:57:14 - Upgrading from your smartphone to a camera and lens 1:09:40 - Gear, tips and techniques for taking better photos 1:24:41 - Looking at other people's work 1:30:45 - Photography resource recommendations 1:43:00 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Improve Your Fitness — Without Going to the Gym (Ep. 231)

  • 3 months ago

Fun fact: people were fit long before we invented bench pressing or treadmills. We talk about how to ditch the gym without giving up your health. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Audible: Get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial by going to audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone. Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Tim Ferriss' Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training episode Gymnastic Bodies Yoga With Adriene on YouTube Bodyweight Fitness subreddit Nerd Fitness 30-day dead hang challenge T Nation Yes4All Deluxe Chin Up Bar Doorway Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green) Stealing Fire, by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal Strava (iOS | Android) Thomas on Strava Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:01:08 - Doing yoga or body weight exercises as an easy way to improve your fitness 0:16:26 - Building your own home gym 0:25:13 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:29:55 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:31:14 - Building your own home gym (continued) 0:35:30 - Trying out different sports 0:43:40 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: Grades, Credit Cards, and Working While Exhausted (Ep. 230)

  • 3 months ago

In this 5 questions episode, we talk about our grades, credit cards, being present-minded, working for free, and working while exhausted. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at Todoist.com/education. Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Merch 3 Things Martin Learned Almost Dying on a Mountain Bike (Ep. 229) A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168) How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) Starbucked, by Taylor Clark Paul Graham's Good and Bad Procrastination article Spark, by John Ratey A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:12:53 - Commuting and overmanaging your productivity systems 0:21:54 - What Thomas and Martin’s grades were like 0:31:50 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:33:56 - Grades shouldn't be your sole focus 0:40:34 - Working while tired and making sure you rest enough 0:49:52 - Dealing with credit cards and why debt is necessary 1:01:05 - Asking a potential employer to work for free 1:07:37 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

3 Things Martin Learned Almost Dying on a Mountain Bike (Ep. 229)

  • 3 months ago

Sometimes we need something unexpected to come and shake up our perspective. We talk about a few life lessons after a close call on a mountain bike. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at Todoist.com/education. Things mentioned in this episode: How Much Owning a Home Will ACTUALLY Cost You (Ep. 225) Seth's Bike Hacks on YouTube The Hedonic Treadmill (Ep. 226) Thomas' Top 10 Favorite Podcasts (Ep. 228) What I Learned From Almost Dying On The Side Of The Road Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:00:00 - What happened to Martin? 0:22:56 - Facing your fears head-on 0:30:11 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:32:36 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:34:23 - Relying on positive motivators rather than negative ones 0:37:47 - Taking breaks from being disciplined 0:41:55 - Closing thoughts on Martin's experience and bike safety tips 0:55:45 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Thomas' Top 10 Favorite Podcasts (Ep. 228)

  • 3 months ago

As it turns out, we're not the only podcast out there. Here are ten of Thomas' favorites. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The 42 Best Educational Podcasts in 2018 Listen Money Matters Pocket Casts (iOS | Android) Cortex The Pen Addict Smart Passive Income The Side Hustle Show Hello Internet Numberphile on YouTube Periodic Videos on YouTube The Tim Ferriss Show The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss Hardcore History 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy The GaryVee Audio Experience CaseyNeistat on YouTube 99% Invisible McMansion Hell Money Lab The Podcast History of our World The History of Rome Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:02:48 - Listen Money Matters 0:06:17 - Cortex 0:09:30 - Hello Internet 0:11:03 - The Tim Ferriss Show 0:15:00 - Hardcore History 0:19:19 - 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy 0:21:59 - The GaryVee Audio Experience 0:24:33 - 99% Invisible 0:28:08 - Money Lab 0:29:27 - The Podcast History of our World 0:31:37 - The History of Rome 0:32:47 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: Bad at Math, Choosing Goals, and Relationship Productivity (Ep. 227)

  • 4 months ago

We talk about choosing which goal to work on next, building a habit when your significant other doesn't want to, dealing with math fears, and more in this five questions episode. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Chegg Study: Step-by-step solutions to textbook problems and more. Get $5 off your first month at Chegg.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Impossible List Strava (iOS | Android) How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177) 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson Quartz’s Prescribing Play to Kids article Hank Green's YouTube Success article The Procrastination Equation, by Piers Steel How to Get Better at Math The Money Lab Podcast Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:05:24 - How does we decide which goals to work on next 0:22:06 - When your significant other does not have the same priorities you do 0:35:17 - Sponsor: Chegg (Saving money on textbooks) 0:37:41 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:39:19 - Thoughts on overly strict and demanding parents 0:49:16 - Dealing with negative emotions when going through a rough time 0:55:27 - Improving your mathematical skills 1:07:30 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

The Hedonic Treadmill (Ep. 226)

  • 4 months ago

Have you ever noticed that as some things in life get better or worse, your overall happiness doesn't change much? Well, you're not alone. It might just be the hedonic treadmill. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to hover.com/cig. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at https://todoist.com/education. Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Merch College Info Geek Discord Server Hedonic treadmill on Wikipedia Record for Eating the Most Wisconsin Cheese Curds Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki Wait But Why's Life is a Picture article Freshly Quartz's Prescribing Play to Kids article Done (iOS) Habitica (iOS | Android) Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:25 - Happiness, being grateful and living in the moment 0:23:34 - Replacing annoying activities with fulfilling ones 0:29:01 - Harmful habits that you may think are increasing your happiness 0:31:15 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:33:59 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:36:05 - Valuing the limited time you have and using some of it to have fun 0:49:11 - Taking big breaks every once in a while 0:52:30 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How Much Owning a Home Will ACTUALLY Cost You (Ep. 225)

  • 4 months ago

Buying a home is already a big enough decision. You don't want to be surprised the first time you see the bill. We talk about the real cost of owning a house. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at https://todoist.com/education Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Discord Server College Info Geek Merch Thomas’ budget modeler Zillow A Master Class on Buying a Car - Part 1 (Ep. 69) A Master Class on Buying a Car - Part 2 (Ep. 70) How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205) Listen Money Matters PMI chart Credit Karma (iOS | Android) How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) Insurance.com Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:40 - Determining the cost of a house and its monthly mortgage payments 0:25:15 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:19 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:29:49 - Dealing with PMI (private mortgage insurance) 0:38:05 - Property taxes, homeowners insurance, monthly repair costs and maintenance 0:47:39 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Grow Your Social Media Following (Ep. 224)

  • 4 months ago

Social media doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. In this episode, we're talking about how to grow your following so you can make the most of it. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to hover.com/cig. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at https://todoist.com/education. Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Discord Server Gary Vaynerchuk So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125) How to Build a YouTube Channel (Ep. 134) How to Start Your Own Podcast (Ep. 133) How to Become a Published Author (Ep. 102) How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212) Martin's Nighttime Flower photo Martin's Ant photo The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente Ansel Adams on Wikipedia Ira Glass on Wikipedia This American Life podcast Study Advice From a Medical Student (Ep. 26) Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Charisma on Command on YouTube Charisma on Command's The Rock video Charisma on Command's Chris Pratt video Matt Shirley on Instagram Lewis Howes on Instagram Display Purposes Anti Parallali on Instagram Taylor Swift on Instagram Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:05:09 - Why grow your social media following 0:19:24 - Bad ways to grow you following 0:29:34 - Thoughts on posting daily and maintaining quality 0:35:15 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:37:48 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:39:25 - Doing behind the scenes and over the shoulder content 0:40:25 - Celebrating your wins and interacting with your audience 0:43:16 - Figuring out which hashtags to use in your posts 0:52:00 - Understanding how the social media algorithms work 0:53:48 - Asking people to follow you and what makes us not follow someone 0:59:11 - Interacting with other people and being patient 1:01:50 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: New Semester Prep, Self-Esteem, and What We're Bad At (Ep. 223)

  • 4 months ago

In this five questions episode, we talk about getting ready for college, starting your own business, building your self-esteem, and more. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Audible: Get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial by going to audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone. Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas on Instagram Thomas on Twitter Martin on Instagram Martin on Twitter Thomas on Wisecrack’s THE SQUANCH: A Rick & Morty Podcast Thomas' budget modeler Why You Aren't Successful Yet (Ep. 219) How to Set Goals You'll ACTUALLY Stick To Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh Zappos Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio Powlyglot Audio Technica AT2035 Microphone Complexly Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface Listen Money Matters Shure SM7B Microphone SAARA on YouTube Audio Technica ATR2100 Microphone Charisma on Command's Chris Hemsworth video Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:22 - Going to college in the United States 0:13:10 - Growing a business from scratch 0:25:30 - Building up your self-esteem 0:29:48 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:32:20 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:14 - The value of helping people in person rather than remotely 0:39:01 - Recommendations for audio recording gear 0:48:21 - What Thomas and Martin aren't that good at 0:56:04 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

An Interview with YouTuber Sara Dietschy (Ep. 222)

  • 5 months ago

Taking a bit of a break from the norm, here's part two of a conversation between Thomas and fellow YouTuber and podcaster Sara Dietschy. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Setapp: A new way to try and use over 120 best-in-class Mac apps for one low monthly fee. Get a 7-day free trial by signing up at https://stpp.co/cig - and if you sign up with a .edu email address, you'll unlock a 50% student discount! Things mentioned in this episode: Sara Dietschy on YouTube The Creative Exchange on YouTube The Creative Exchange on Apple Podcasts The Creative Exchange on Google Play The Creative Exchange on Spotify CaseyNeistat on YouTube Adobe Creative Residency program Becky Simpson Gary Vaynerchuk Flume Mosaic Unibox CGP Grey on YouTube Focus Squarespace Nerdwriter1 on YouTube Peter McKinnon on YouTube yungtown on YouTube John Hill on YouTube Emma Chamberlain on YouTube David Dobrik on YouTube Liza Koshy on YouTube Tim Ferriss TierZoo on YouTube Primitive Technology on YouTube Steve Carell on Wikipedia Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:01:38 - Being a part of the Adobe Creative Residency program 0:14:48 - Don't strive for the bare minimum 0:17:40 - Being independent and making a career out of YouTube 0:32:29 - Sponsor: Setapp (Suite of Mac apps) 0:35:40 - Don't stress yourself by trying to do too many things 0:40:34 - Sustaining the YouTube career as a full-time job 0:49:55 - Reaching out and forming relationships 0:59:59 - Finding your creative niche 1:06:35 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

10 Apps We Can't Live Without (Ep. 221)

  • 5 months ago

If we're going to be stuck walking around with our phones all day, we might as well put them to good use. Here are ten apps worth unlocking your screen for. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Evernote (iOS | Android) Scanbot (iOS | Android) Scannable (iOS) Daily Budget (iOS) Daily Budget alternative for Android Mint (iOS | Android) Qapital (iOS | Android) Digit (iOS | Android) - Requires a monthly payment Dashlane (iOS | Android) LastPass (iOS | Android) 1Password (iOS | Android) KeePass How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187) Authy (iOS | Android) Google Authenticator (iOS | Android) Brain.fm The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, by Gabriel García Márquez RecUp (iOS) Smart Recorder (Android) Yousician (iOS | Android) Scrivener (iOS) Martin's Ant Photo on Instagram Strava (iOS | Android) Tom’s budget modeler Habitica (iOS | Android) Greenshot ScreenFloat Just 6 Weeks (iOS | Android) FitBod (iOS) Fitocracy (iOS | Android) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:06:44 - Scanning documents with Scanbot 0:10:59 - Tracking expenses with Daily Budget 0:20:56 - Managing your passwords with Dashlane 0:29:43 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:32:13 - Focusing and relaxing with Brain.fm 0:36:27 - Recording your thoughts with RecUp 0:39:34 - Apps for doing creative work 0:42:27 - Tom's budget modeler 0:57:42 - Tracking your habits with Habitica 1:00:08 - Taking screenshots with Greenshot 1:03:44 - Working out with Just 6 Weeks 1:07:09 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

8 Ways to Improve Your Diet (Ep. 220)

  • 5 months ago

Nutrition research can be overwhelming, but that doesn't mean you can't start eating healthier today. Here are some less confusing tips to get you started. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to Hover.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Our Exercise Habits and Fitness Goals (Ep. 216) Staci Ardison on Instagram Blue Apron Freshly Freshware Meal Prep Containers Leangains James Clear's Intermittent Fasting article Nerd Fitness's Intermittent Fasting article How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207) Slowcooking subreddit  Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes Great Depression Cooking on YouTube Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:01:12 - Cut out sugary foods and beverages as much as possible 0:18:16 - Making smoothies 0:26:41 - Preparing meals ahead of time 0:28:53 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:31:29 - Preparing meals ahead of time (continued) 0:34:00 - Trying out intermittent fasting 0:37:50 - Getting into tea 0:40:14 - Don’t aim for a perfect diet 0:47:32 - Using a slow cooker 0:50:19 - Learning to cook with basic ingredients 0:56:53 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Why You Aren’t Successful Yet (Ep. 219)

  • 5 months ago

It's easier than ever before to feel like a failure. Anywhere you look, you can find scores of people half your age but twice as successful. What happened? Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Sara Dietschy on YouTube Learned Helplessness (Ep. 99) Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman Collection of Short Works (inc. Harrison Bergeron), by Kurt Vonnegut Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Steve Carell on Wikipedia Breakthrough Advertising, by Eugene M. Schwartz 16 Personalities Test Derek Sivers on Wikipedia The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) The Dip, by Seth Godin 5 Questions (Ep. 218) Music Theory 101, by Marc Schonbrun and Brian Boone Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:02:24 - Success is often circumstantial and being more optimistic 0:28:26 - Try to be patient and keep striving for success 0:31:32 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:07 - Being more selective with your ideas and sources of information 0:39:48 - Blaming the wrong things for your lack of success and being envious of others 0:51:38 - Giving up too early and not finishing your projects 0:56:38 - Defining what success means to you and putting effort into it 1:02:40 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: Video Game Addiction, Time Blocking, and 14-Hour Work Days (Ep. 218)

  • 6 months ago

In this five questions episode, we talk about video game addiction, time blocking, 14-hour work days, living off campus, and finding your purpose. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to Hover.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Listen Money Matters Freedom How to Make Your Life Seem Longer (Ep. 217) Cal Newport's Time Blocking article Timeboxing: Elon Musk's Time Management Method Gary Vaynerchuk The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) The Dip, by Seth Godin The Naked Roommate, by Harlan Cohen Nerd Fitness The Smart Passive Income Blog Internet Archive: Wayback Machine CGP Grey on YouTube CGP Grey's Time Management video on YouTube Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:09:08 - Quitting a video game addiction 0:18:42 - Not being able to finish something that you planned 0:22:42 - Being very productive is not always a good thing 0:25:38 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:28:09 - Survivorship bias and looking at what successful people do 0:34:34 - Getting more work done and persevering when it gets hard 0:41:54 - Making it easier to attend classes and events 0:48:37 - Making progress on your goals 0:58:24 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

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