The Inforium

Nov 26 2020 59 mins 4.3k

Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme discuss productivity, personal finance, their weird llama obsession, and other interesting things. New episodes every other week.


















6 of the Biggest Lessons We Learned in College (Ep. 297)
Jun 15 2020 56 mins  
We talk about some of the longest lasting lessons we took from college to honor the title of this show one last time before we relaunch with a new one.Full show notesThis week’s episode is sponsored by:Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. You can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek.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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription.Things mentioned in this episode: Backblaze Dropbox (iOS | Android) Google Drive (iOS | Android) Tom Scott's The Worst Typo I Ever Made video YCImaging's Video on a Budget course on Skillshare YCImaging on YouTube Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on SkillshareWant 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:0:02:29 - The importance of having backups0:20:10 - Questioning if you actually want to do something0:27:26 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)0:29:44 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)0:31:32 - The sunk cost fallacy0:41:09 - Differences between college and the real world0:48:53 - Overhead and maintenance costs0:53:59 - ConclusionIf 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: Writing Fiction, Binging TV Shows, and Self-Help Books (Ep. 295)
May 18 2020 78 mins  
We talk about writing for longer, binging TV shows, self-help books, our consumption-to-production ratios, and starting your career on the right foot. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. You can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: 3 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing Hard Work Polyphonic's What Makes a Great Cover Song video Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Daniel Scotts's Adobe Illustrator CC Essentials Training course on Skillshare Hyperfocus, by Chris Bailey Derek Sivers 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: 0:00:00 - Banter 0:15:32 - Consumption-to-production ratio 0:31:43 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:26 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:37:04 - Getting the energy to write 0:48:14 - Balancing your media consumption 0:53:42 - Accepting a job not related to your major 1:00:07 - Opinions on self-help books 1:14:51 - 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 Skills and How We Learn Them (Ep. 294)
May 06 2020 96 mins  
We've been getting questions about some of the things we're known to do, so we're talking about five of them: skating, videos, piano, guitar, and pixel art. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. You can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Bill Stoppard on YouTube Tiago Inline Skater on YouTube Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare JustinGuitar on YouTube Paul Davids on YouTube Songsterr (iOS | Android) Ultimate Guitar (iOS | Android) Yousician (iOS | Android) MuseScore Andrew Huang's Music Theory video Music 101, by Brian Boone Nahre Sol on YouTube Jenny Nicholson on YouTube Potato Jet on YouTube How to Make Your Phone Less of a Distraction Pixel Grimoire series Pixel Pete on YouTube Aseprite UpIsNotJump on YouTube Working From Home: How to Stay Focused MoneyLab This Note-Taking App is a Game Changer - Roam Research 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: 0:01:33 - Overview 0:04:51 - Inline skating 0:24:50 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:27:34 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:29:38 - Playing the guitar 0:47:12 - Playing piano 1:04:47 - Making videos 1:20:18 - Pixel art 1:32:18 - 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 Help Your Community When You're Stuck at Home (Ep. 293)
Apr 20 2020 66 mins  
Difficult times often double as chances to do good. We talk about what we can do for our communities while stuck sheltering at home. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. If you're one of the first 1,000 to use this link, you can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: When to Be Unproductive (Ep. 292) Trello Bear (iOS) FocusMate Matt D'Avella's Quitting caffeine for 30 days video Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Moment's iPhone Filmmaking course on Skillshare Charity Navigator Effective Altruism 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: 0:03:24 - Keeping in touch with family and friends 0:18:14 - Getting things done at home while staying connected with others 0:24:17 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:07 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:29:51 - Helping out your local community 0:46:53 - Contributing to the global community 0:57:45 - Controlling the spread of misinformation 1:02:25 - 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!

When to Be Unproductive (Ep. 292)
Apr 06 2020 62 mins  
There's a time to get this bread, and there's a time to sit back and enjoy it. Today, we're talking about why you shouldn't skip out on the latter. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. If you're one of the first 500 to use this link, you can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: 5 Questions: Interruptions, Social Media Bios, and Reading Positions (Ep. 290) Ali Abdaal's How to Study for Exams course on Skillshare Working from Home: How to Plan Your Day Linus Tech Tips' Thinking of retiring 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: 0:05:18 - Having long-term goals and not needing to impress people 0:14:52 - What have we been doing recently 0:23:34 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:25:45 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:47 - What exactly is productivity 0:33:48 - Balancing work with your personal life 0:42:12 - Holding yourself accountable and picking up new hobbies 0:50:24 - Thinking you're not allowed to take a break 0:56:40 - 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!

Tom and Martin Discuss Working From Home (Ep. 291)
Mar 23 2020 69 mins  
We talk about what it's like and what it takes to get things done remotely, even with all the distractions that might come with being at home. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. If you're one of the first 500 to use this link, you can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Roam Research How to Create a Study Space in Your Room Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Brain.fm Thomas' ultimate study music playlist on YouTube Beeminder Focusmate 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: 0:12:42 - Creating a dedicated workspace when you don’t have another room 0:22:50 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:26:02 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:28:27 - Getting a good pair of headphones 0:40:41 - Holding yourself accountable to someone 0:53:55 - Exercising at home 1:02:32 - 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: Interruptions, Social Media Bios, and Reading Positions (Ep. 290)
Mar 09 2020 68 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about interruptions, blogging, social media bios, reading positions, and what to do when hobbies feel hard. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. If you're one of the first 500 to use this link, you can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: The Skill You're Slowly Losing A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 1 (Ep. 69) A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 2 (Ep. 70) The Path to College, Pt. 1: Getting Accepted The Path to College, Pt. 2: Paying for It The Path to College, Pt. 3: Becoming College-Ready Cortex Linus Tech Tips on YouTube Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Tofugu Figma Underscores Peter Mckinnon Every Think 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: 0:08:30 - Focusing while getting constantly distracted 0:19:01 - The best position to read in 0:27:18 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:30:29 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:33:30 - Content management systems vs developing from the ground up 0:42:03 - Writing an interesting social media bio 0:51:19 - Persevering with hobbies that require skill 1:04:50 - 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!

How to Live a Less Lonely Life (Ep. 289)
Feb 18 2020 90 mins  
It seems like we spend less and less time with friends and loved ones as we grow older. We look for ways to fight this trend and become a social outlier. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. If you're one of the first 500 to use this link, you can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. Dashlane can help make your online experience safer and more convenient with password management, VPN, form filling and more. Head over to Dashlane.com/collegeinfogeek for a free 30-day trial, and once you've fallen in love you can use the code 'collegeinfogeek' for 10% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Good to Great, by James Collins How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178) If This Isn't Nice, What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut Ali Abdaal's Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X course on Skillshare Jordy Vandeput's Video Editing with Premiere Pro course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Meetup (iOS | Android) Listen Money Matters Making Friends And Connections As An Introvert (Ep. 47) How to Build Closer Friendships How to Meet New People - 6 Tips for Making More Friends The Story of Starbucks, by John Simmons 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: 0:00:40 - How much time you spend with people as you age 0:10:10 - Taking steps to being more social 0:15:25 - Volunteering 0:23:09 - Sponsor: Dashlane (Managing your passwords) 0:25:15 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:28:42 - Going to meetups and making yourself available 0:45:53 - Thoughts on family 0:53:07 - Trello system for maintaining relationships 0:58:30 - Doing scary stuff 1:04:22 - Going from small talk to interesting conversations 1:07:20 - Regaining that feeling of social ambience 1:21:43 - Being alone without being lonely 1:25:49 - 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!

Ultralearning (Ep. 288)
Feb 10 2020 82 mins  
We talk about Scott Young's book, Ultralearning, and how you can learn and build skills far more quickly than the average syllabus might imply. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. If you're one of the first 500 to use this link, you can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. Dashlane can help make your online experience safer and more convenient with password management, VPN, form filling and more. Head over to Dashlane.com/collegeinfogeek for a free 30-day trial, and once you've fallen in love you can use the code 'collegeinfogeek' for 10% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Ultralearning, by Scott Young Thomas’ Habit-Building course on Skillshare Smart Passive Income Listen Money Matters Polyphonic on YouTube Better Ideas on YouTube Linus Tech Tips on YouTube Scott Young's 30 Day Portrait Drawing Challenge Fluent in 3 Months This Guy Edits on YouTube 10 YouTube Channels You Should Follow in 2020 Chrystopher Rhodes' Video on a Budget course on Skillshare The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study Anki (iOS | Android) 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: 0:01:59 - Overview 0:09:30 - Metalearning 0:14:05 - Focusing 0:21:01 - Directness 0:25:12 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:28:34 - Sponsor: Dashlane (Managing your passwords) 0:30:27 - Drilling 0:36:08 - Retrieval 0:44:43 - Feedback 0:52:57 - Retention 1:02:39 - Intuition 1:10:15 - Experimentation 1:14:57 - 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 Change Careers (Ep. 287)
Jan 27 2020 95 mins  
We talk about how to shift over to a new career, along with the shifts we've made in our own work. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. If you're one of the first 500 to use this link, you can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: 2019 Year in Review (Plus Our Plans for 2020) (Ep. 285) Cortex Linus Tech Tips on YouTube Paul Graham's Having Kids article So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport Thomas' Habit-Building course on Skillshare 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) Nerd Fitness Smart Passive Income Jenny Blake on YouTube Listen Money Matters 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: 0:01:33 - Thoughts on our future podcasting 0:17:02 - Deviating from our majors and considering a new career 0:34:08 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:37:25 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:39:57 - Transitioning to a new area 0:55:28 - Martin's game dev 0:59:05 - Moving away from College Info Geek 1:20:58 - Building relationships with people you admire 1:29:16 - 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 Practice Self-Awareness (Ep. 286)
Jan 16 2020 86 mins  
We talk about the benefits of self-awareness, along with some ideas to try to notice and understand yourself better. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of 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 (including Thomas' new Habit-Building class!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: A Better Way to Track Your Habits Thomas' Habit-Building course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Nakey Jaykey on YouTube Mark Manson's Self-Awareness article 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 - Martin's habit tracking system 0:11:20 - Different kinds of self-awareness 0:17:57 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:20:43 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:14 - Emotional self-awareness 0:49:03 - Gaining self-awareness from experience 1:01:06 - Interactions with other people 1:18:17 - 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!

2019 Year in Review (Plus Our Plans for 2020) (Ep. 285)
Dec 30 2019 69 mins  
January is almost here, and that means it's time to look back one last time at all we've done this year. 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 200 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: Cortex Cortex's State of the Apps 2020 Notion (iOS | Android) Evernote (iOS | Android) The Photographer's Ephemeris (iOS | Android) Anki (iOS | Android) Music Memos (iOS) audiobridge (iOS) Todoist (iOS | Android) Matt D'Avella on YouTube Ali Abdaal on YouTube Better Ideas on YouTube CrashCourse on YouTube How to Get Started with Photography Linus Tech Tips 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: 0:01:25 - Which apps we're using 0:15:24 - Overcoming fears and burnout 0:26:00 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:28:44 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:31:05 - Making videos, burnout and finding inspiration 0:46:12 - Music, photography, game dev and sleeping better 0:56:25 - Goals for next year 0:59:01 - Podcast news 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: Motivation, Delegation, and Learning How to Relax (Ep. 284)
Dec 23 2019 56 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about keeping motivation, working with a significant other, giving feedback, delegating, and learning to relax. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Skillshare: With thousands of 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. Things mentioned in this episode: Productivity Lessons from Video Game Design (Ep. 265) How to Take Criticism (Ep. 215) Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Notion (iOS | Android) Smart Passive Income Hello Internet Cortex Should You Add This To Your Workspace? Why Your Work Disappoints You Frame.io Greenshot How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178) The Hedonic Treadmill (Ep. 226) 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: 0:03:18 - Improving your work mood 0:11:47 - Working next to your significant other 0:17:56 - Giving out criticism 0:23:54 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:25:44 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:52 - Giving out criticism (continued) 0:31:01 - Expanding your business by hiring new people 0:44:16 - Winding down through hobbies 0:53:33 - 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!

Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? (Ep. 283)
Dec 09 2019 57 mins  
Planning the next week is hard enough, never mind the next 5 years. But, it turns out that having some basic ideas is useful for more than just interviews. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: With thousands of 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Nerd Fitness Fluent in 3 Months Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Bullsh*t Jobs, by David Graeber H3 Podcast on YouTube Thomas' Impossible List Thomas' Music on Spotify 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: 0:01:17 - Martin's goals 0:17:09 - Thomas' goals 0:22:28 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:29 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:27:29 - Thomas' goals (continued) 0:30:57 - Careers and learning from experiences 0:43:17 - Figuring our your ideal future self 0:52:10 - 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!


Digital Minimalism: How to Disconnect (Ep. 282)
Nov 25 2019 88 mins  
We talk about Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism and how we can have a healthier relationship with technology. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 27,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport Deep Work, by Cal Newport Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100) What It Takes to Open a Coffee Shop (Ep. 114) Should You Work with Your Friends? (Ep. 281) H3 Podcast on YouTube Joe Rogan's podcast How Music Works, by David Byrne Justin Gignac's Going Freelance course on Skillshare How to Break up with Your Phone, by Catherine Price Freedom How to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240) Martin's Photo Print Shop on INPRNT 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: 0:05:19 - Our dependence on technology 0:28:24 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:30:31 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:32:53 - Having periods of solitude 0:56:37 - Taking breaks from social media 1:25:30 - 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!

Should You Work with Your Friends? (Ep. 281)
Nov 11 2019 70 mins  
Business and friends don't mix. At least, that's the common wisdom, and for good reason. Still, we've made it work for years. Should you take the risk? Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Audible: Get a free audiobook download, 2 free Audible originals, and a free 30-day trial by going to Audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone. Skillshare: With thousands of 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. Things mentioned in this episode: Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky LessWrong Ali Abdaal on YouTube Ali Abdaal's Final Cut Pro course on Skillshare Benjamin Heath's Portrait Photography course on Skillshare CharityWatch 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: 0:02:30 - Occasions where working with friends didn't go so well 0:19:18 - How we've managed to work together 0:29:03 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:33:42 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:35:54 - Splitting benefits fairly 0:52:08 - Working with a significant other 1:08:41 - 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: College Reading, Winter Fitness, and Closing the Taste Gap (Ep. 280)
Nov 04 2019 57 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about reading, winter fitness, helping others, schedules, and learning to make something that doesn't suck. 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 200 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: Kurzgesagt's The Egg - A Short Story video Bodyweight Fitness subreddit The Science Behind Reading Speed 5 Ways to Read Faster That ACTUALLY Work Do Speed Reading Apps & Techniques Really Work? Reading Faster: The Science Behind What Works… and What Doesn’t (Ep. 93) How to Learn a New Skill Quickly: A 4-Step Process CaseyNeistat on YouTube Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 278) Linus Tech Tips 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: 0:05:48 - Staying fit during the winter 0:17:28 - Reading silently or out loud when studying 0:22:35 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:24:54 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:26:52 - Getting better at creating 0:40:44 - Planning out your schedule 0:46:50 - Dealing with imposter syndrome 0:54:03 - 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 Stand Out from the Competition (Ep. 279)
Oct 28 2019 76 mins  
In the internet age, we're competing against more and more people for the opportunities we want most. Standing out is both difficult and essential. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 27,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: The AIDA Model Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Procreate (iOS) Jarom Vogel's Digital Illustration: Learn to Use Procreate course on Skillshare Jason Allen's Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 1 course on Skillshare Young Guru's Learn How to Mix Music course on Skillshare A Book Apart Florian is all in The Game, by Neil Strauss Exploding the Phone, by Phil Lapsley Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 278) How to Write a Cover Letter Resume Tips From a Hiring Director Who Read 10,000 Resumes (Ep. 40) How to Make Great Things How Much Water Should You REALLY Be Drinking? CrashCourse 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: 0:08:56 - The AIDA Framework 0:22:23 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:25:15 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:13 - Getting the right kind of attention 0:39:00 - Things you shouldn't do to get attention 0:44:51 - Going to networking events 0:49:53 - Writing a cover letter 1:00:52 - Making a good first impression 1:11:33 - 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!

Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 278)
Oct 21 2019 101 mins  
We talk about our experiences with and thoughts on imposter syndrome. 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. Skillshare: With thousands of 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Hack Your Memory with the "Major System" Andrew Huang on YouTube Leonardo da Vinci, by Sir Walter Isaacson Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Lindsey Holmes' Productivity with Evernote course on Skillshare 5 Rules (and One Secret Weapon) for Acing Multiple Choice Tests My New (Better) Morning Routine MrBeast on YouTube Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John Ratey How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips Study Less Study Smart How to Make Great Things Powlyglot Essentialism, by Greg McKeown The Motivation Hacker, by Nick Winter Harvard Business Review's Overcoming Imposter Syndrome article TierZoo on YouTube Beardbrand AsapSCIENCE on YouTube The Path to College, Pt. 1: Getting Accepted The Path to College, Pt. 2: Paying for It The Path to College, Pt. 3: Becoming College-Ready A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 1 (Ep. 69) A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 2 (Ep. 70) 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: 0:05:56 - How we struggle with imposter syndrome 0:23:22 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:26:21 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:28:44 - Feeling like you’re a failure or "washed out" 0:44:15 - Thinking you can't fail 0:54:36 - Leading yourself to believe you're not competent 1:08:06 - Attributing your success to luck 1:13:10 - Downplaying your accomplishments and final thoughts 1:37:15 - 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 Save Money When You Hate Budgeting (Ep. 277)
Oct 07 2019 69 mins  
Budgeting isn't very fun, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on saving money. Here are a few ways to keep your bank account happy without a budget. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. 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) When to Invest in New Gear (Ep. 276) 5 Questions: Keeping Track of Bills, Coasting, and Moving to a New City (Ep. 275) Thomas' budget modeler Listen Money Matters Jamie Oliver's Knife Skills videon on YouTube Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Suitsupply LivingBobby's Living on $1 a day in New York City video on YouTube Nathaniel Drew's I Ate For $1 a Day in Mexico City 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: 0:04:00 - Introduction 0:07:14 - Eating and drinking simply 0:22:59 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:14 - Paying attention to your subscriptions and memberships 0:32:18 - Measuring how much you're spending 0:46:14 - Waiting 30 days before deciding to make a big purchase 0:52:20 - Don't immediately invest too much into a new hobby 0:59:09 - Anecdotes and banter 1:07:00 - 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!

When to Invest in New Gear (Ep. 276)
Oct 01 2019 76 mins  
Sometimes a shiny new toy is the next step in your skill growth, but it's usually just a fun distraction. We talk about how to tell the difference. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 27,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210) 10 Essential Life Skills That Every Student Should Have (Ep. 175) Why You Shouldn't Tell People About Your Goals Potato Jet on YouTube Duet Display (iOS) This is How Matt D'Avella Works How to Stop Feeling Tired in the Afternoon Matty Brown's Low Budget Filmmaking course on Skillshare italki (iOS | Android) Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKewon How to Actually Use Productivity Tips and Improve Your Life (Ep. 176) 5 Questions: Keeping Track of Bills, Coasting, and Moving to a New City (Ep. 275) Let’s Talk About Minimalism (Ep. 272) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondō Udemy 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: 0:03:14 - Buying new gear makes you think you're improving 0:10:42 - Discussing some of our gear 0:22:02 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:24:17 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:26:27 - Discussing some of our gear (continued) 0:27:17 - Knowing when you really need to upgrade your gear 0:39:38 - Investing in education, and applying what you learn 0:54:01 - Getting started with your hobby 1:09:56 - Buying online courses 1:12:18 - 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: Keeping Track of Bills, Coasting, and Moving to a New City (Ep. 275)
Sep 16 2019 83 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about bills, self-improvement, branding, investing, and what it's like to move to a new city. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 27,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Todoist (iOS | Android) How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) How to Budget and Save Money as a College Student Thomas’ budget modeler Listen Money Matters MKBHD's Probe Lens video Casey Neistat's Life Explained in 27 Seconds video Matt D'Avella on YouTube Webflow Figma bill wurtz on YouTube Wendover Productions on YouTube CGP Grey on YouTube Money Lab Betterment Vanguard Graham Stephan on YouTube A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168) Portfolio Charts Golden Butterfly How to Move to a New City (From Start to Finish) Meetup (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: 0:12:06 - Keeping track of monthly bills 0:25:42 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:28:18 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:29:59 - Continuously investing in yourself 0:43:36 - Building an online audience 0:51:28 - Starting to invest your money 1:04:54 - Moving to a new city 1:20:41 - 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 Make Money Selling Art at Comic Conventions (Ep. 274)
Sep 02 2019 89 mins  
[SEO Summary] Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 27,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: It's Raining Color (Anna's art website) It's Raining Color on Facebook It's Raining Color on Instagram It's Raining Color on Twitter It's Raining Color on Tumblr Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss bill wurtz's History of Japan video Graphic Illustration: Boldly Design with Color and Shape course on Skillshare Digital Illustration: Learn to Use Procreate course on Skillshare Procreate (iOS) Anna's Creepy Cute Spooks Enamel Pin Set on Kickstarter Anna's notes on finding new cons What It Takes to Open a Coffee Shop (Ep. 114) Airtable So You Want To Be in Artist Alley How to Move to a New City (From Start to Finish) 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 - Where to find Anna's artwork 0:09:54 - Anna's progress and tips for getting accepted into cons 0:20:13 - Deciding whether it's worth going to a con 0:25:33 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:28:33 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:30:18 - Choosing where to sit at a con and keeping track of what's popular 0:40:40 - Selling your art while being an introvert 0:45:39 - How much Anna spends and earns with her art 0:55:25 - Finding new cons to go to 1:05:22 - How Anna keeps track of the cons she's interested in 1:14:11 - Making friends at cons 1:19:19 - Overview of Anna's Artist Alley presentation 1:26:01 - 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 Case Against Following Your Passion (Ep. 273)
Aug 19 2019 76 mins  
Everywhere you look, the world is telling you to follow your passion. But does it need to be your job? Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 27,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Ola Englund and Misha Mansoor's interview on YouTube This is How Matt D'Avella Works Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Jessica Hische's Logotype Masterclass course on Skillshare How to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240) Powlyglot Paul Rand on Wikipedia The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) Abraham Wald on Wikipedia So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport Deep Work, by Cal Newport Stop Trying to "Find Your Passion" 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: 0:01:49 - Why turning your passion into a career might kill your love for it 0:15:23 - The overjustification effect 0:23:15 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:26:02 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:47 - Differences between hobbies and careers 0:37:04 - Perseverance and the survivorship bias 0:45:17 - Making an income and bringing value to a company 0:58:00 - Student debt and viewing college as a business decision 1:03:25 - Slowly transitioning from a passion into a career 1:06:36 - Finding a job that can sustain your passion 1:11:10 - 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!

Let's Talk About Minimalism (Ep. 272)
Aug 05 2019 70 mins  
Minimalism is all the rage these days. Is it just another fad, or is it worth checking out? Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 27,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare The Best Way to Organize Your Files and Folders Colin Wright Matt D’Avella on YouTube The Minimalists The Wolf of Wall Street, by Jordan Belfort The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondō Start With Why, by Simon Sinek Simon Sinek’s Presentation Essentials course on Skillshare Artivision Turo (iOS | Android) Stanley Marketplace 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: 0:04:43 - Minimalism overview 0:13:07 - Removing things that aren’t bringing you value 0:16:57 - Trying things before committing and minimizing wasted energy 0:19:09 - Coming back to your values and not buying things based on social status 0:27:12 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:30:23 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:31:44 - Not caring as much about perfection 0:33:43 - Becoming a minimalist 0:36:51 - Conciliating mementos with minimalism 0:48:57 - Getting rid of things when you’re not moving and that you may need later 1:03:31 - Sharing things with your community 1:07:01 - 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 Things We Regret NOT Doing in College (Ep. 271)
Jul 29 2019 65 mins  
We've talked a lot about the things we did in college, but what about the things we didn't? Here are some of the things we regret missing out on. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: 8 Things I Regret NOT Doing in College (Ep. 73) How to Get More Done and Waste Less Time Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Mike Vardy’s Productivity Habits That Stick course on Skillshare 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: 0:03:14 - Not taking music classes 0:10:03 - Not studying abroad 0:18:56 - Not starting to invest sooner 0:28:08 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:30:20 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills 0:32:30 - Not socializing more often 0:34:45 - Never signing up for a VR session 0:39:42 - Not checking up on your doctor and getting proper treatment 0:49:43 - Not asking for help more often and shying away from hard classes 0:56:01 - Not living in the college dorms 1:00:11 - Not joining the adventure clubs 1:02:20 - Not going to the gym more often 1:03:54 - 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: Mental Toughness, Quitting a Job, and Trying to Disconnect (Ep. 270)
Jul 22 2019 49 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about when to quit a job, how to develop mental resilience, how to disconnect from constant computer use, and more. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare The Ultimate Guide To Building A Personal Website Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Habitica (iOS | Android) Productivity Lessons from Video Game Design (Ep. 265) Meetup (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: 0:03:07 - Starting a personal website 0:08:33 - Developing mental toughness 0:22:08 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:24:15 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:26:40 - Disconnecting from the virtual world 0:34:43 - Knowing when to quit a job 0:43:07 - Preparing for an oral exam 0:47:36 - 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 YouTubers, Podcasters, and Online Personalities Make Money (Ep. 269)
Jul 08 2019 80 mins  
Ever wondered how so many influencers these days seem to be earning a living off little more than a social media following and some content? Wonder no 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. Also, for the rest of this July, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can also get 3 months of Audible for just $4.95 per month. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare College Info Geek Merch Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Charisma on Command on YouTube SocialBlade Real Men Real Style on YouTube How Netflix Maintains a Low Churn Rate Gentleman's Gazette on YouTube The Shallows, by Nicholas G. Carr What the Internet Does to Your Brain The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente How to Learn a New Skill Quickly: A 4-Step Process Swim University on YouTube Gary Vaynerchuk TierZoo on YouTube Listen Money Matters 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: 0:04:55 - Ads, having influence and keeping people hooked 0:27:09 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:30:50 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:32:43 - How we make money without selling almost any products 0:39:00 - Sponsors and not advertising things we don't believe in 0:43:01 - Multi-level marketing 0:52:29 - Using the funneling concept to land a job 1:00:25 - Succeeding on YouTube and filling a certain niche 1:11:26 - How you can start making money on the Internet 1:18:43 - 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!

Our Winding Career Paths (Ep. 268)
Jun 24 2019 66 mins  
Careers can look like they might be a straight line from start to finish, but it's not always that simple. We talk about the experiences that led us here. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: The Hacksmith on YouTube Jujimufu on YouTube alpha m. on YouTube Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Rachel Andrew's CSS Essentials course on Skillshare HackCollege Powlyglot The Path to College, Pt. 1: Getting Accepted (Ep. 109) The Path to College, Pt. 2: Paying for It (Ep. 110) The Path to College, Pt. 3: Becoming College-Ready (Ep. 111) Fizzle The Smart Passive Income Podcast Fluent in 3 months 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: 0:01:20 - Announcement: The podcast will become bi-weekly 0:18:02 - How we would describe our careers 0:21:59 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:24:19 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:26:49 - Thomas' career path 0:36:03 - Martin's career path 0:48:55 - Building College Info Geek and making it a full-time business 1:03:58 - 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!

When Good Advice Goes Bad (Ep. 267)
Jun 10 2019 50 mins  
Productivity advice is cool and all, but sometimes you can take it too far. We talk about some times when seemingly good advice has backfired. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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: 3 Common Pieces of Life Advice that Do More Harm Than Good The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Simon Sinek's Presentation Essentials course on Skillshare Simon Sinek's Start with why Ted Talk Freedom (iOS | Android) Black Edge, by Sheelah Kolhatkar 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: 0:07:41 - Keep pushing towards something relentlessly 0:12:48 - Always being positive 0:17:02 - Focusing on just one thing 0:24:47 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:26:40 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:28:43 - Sacrificing rest for work 0:34:46 - Being more goal-oriented and productive 0:47:08 - 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: Simplifying Meals, Saving Your GPA, and Embracing Silence (Ep. 266)
Jun 03 2019 59 mins  
In this week's 5 questions episode, we're talking about habits, cooking, coffee, grades, and the sometimes unsettling sound of silence. 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 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Building the Perfect Day (Ep. 264) Productivity Lessons from Video Game Design (Ep. 265) Fitocracy (iOS | Android) Habitica (iOS | Android) What I Learned From Almost Dying On The Side Of The Road How I Cut My Average Meal Cost to $3.57 by Meal Prepping The Shallows, by Nicholas G. Carr WheezyWaiter's We Quit Sugar For A Month video on YouTube Eating Cheaply, Healthily, and Quickly (Ep. 103) Adam Neely on YouTube Thomas' Sunday Study playlist on Spotify Thomas' Work Vibes playlist on Spotify Thomas' Workout playlist on Spotify 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: 0:06:41 - Committing to small habits that bring you huge rewards 0:16:24 - Making cooking healthy food easier 0:25:51 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:51 - Being too dependent on white noise to focus or fall asleep 0:35:08 - Extending the high energy state you get from drinking coffee 0:47:21 - Raising your GPA and cultivating relationships 0:53:26 - 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!

Productivity Lessons from Video Game Design (Ep. 265)
May 27 2019 59 mins  
Productivity often means needing to do something repetitive or boring. Luckily, video game designers are brilliant at making repetitive things seem fun. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. Things mentioned in this episode: Habitica (iOS | Android) Fitocracy (iOS | Android) Paul Davids on YouTube This Thing is Neat's Minit and Puzzle Hygiene article Brandon Wu's Unity Game Dev course on Skillshare Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Habify (iOS) Coach.me Strava (iOS | Android) Notion (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: 0:08:39 - Visible progress and feedback loops 0:15:31 - Accomplishment and progression through small wins 0:21:38 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:24:15 - Staying motivated by introducing novelty 0:29:41 - Story and living vicariously 0:33:18 - Competition and cooperation 0:37:58 - Self-expression and customization 0:42:48 - Discovery and exploration 0:47:39 - Reducing the effort of getting into the flow state 0:55:25 - 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!

Building the Perfect Day (Ep. 264)
May 20 2019 59 mins  
It's easy to end the day feeling a bit rushed...like something wasn't quite right. But the first step to having the perfect day is to figure out what it is. 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 200 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: How to Capture Inspiration When It Strikes (Ep. 259) Black Edge, by Sheelah Kolhatkar Deep Work, by Cal Newport Buffer (iOS | Android) Coach.me 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: 0:02:51 - Our perfect morning routines 0:16:01 - Lunch, afternoons and maintenance work 0:23:10 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:00 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:27:15 - Lunch, afternoons and maintenance work (continued) 0:32:38 - Working, music and going to bed on time 0:37:41 - Getting to the perfect day 0:50:14 - 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!

Are We the Loneliest Generation? (Ep. 263)
May 13 2019 65 mins  
Technology has brought us all closer together than ever before, but something feels off. Are we lonelier than previous generations? 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. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Never Have Friends and Be Alone Forever (Ep. 243) How to Be More Like Leonardo da Vinci (Ep. 240) Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou If This Isn't Nice What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut Real Men Real Style on YouTube The Singularity CGP Grey on YouTube Kurzgesagt on YouTube TierZoo 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: 0:05:13 - Forming deeper and more meaningful friendships 0:14:00 - Escaping to the online world and people who don't share your interests 0:23:26 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:27:51 - Connecting with other people 0:29:53 - Feeling like you're making a valuable and direct contribution 0:46:20 - How lack of discomfort has made us more timid 0:56:57 - 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!

Easy Ways to Be Eco-Friendly (Ep. 262)
May 06 2019 61 mins  
Looking to save the earth, but don't have a lot of time or money to dedicate to the cause? You're in luck! Here are some easy ways to be more eco-friendly. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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: 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy Mr. Money Mustache Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare Delta Michelangelo Canaletto Two Four Bike Gravity Stand Life Without Plastic Starbucked, by Taylor Clark Time - Washing Hands In Cold Water Works As Well As Hot Against Germs BoneHurtingJuice subreddit Hardcore History 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: 0:00:20 - The dangers of being militant about eco-friendliness 0:11:26 - Reutilizing materials and making things convenient 0:18:30 - Finding alternatives to driving a car 0:22:22 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:23:47 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:06 - Finding alternatives to driving a car (continued) 0:30:05 - Planning better trips 0:32:33 - Buying and shipping fewer things 0:38:18 - Composting and not wasting food, while also not stuffing yourself 0:46:14 - Investing in things that are meant to last 0:49:22 - Saving water and planting trees 0:53:57 - Buying in bulk and cleaning out trash 0:58:57 - 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: Building Strengths, Standing Out, and Liking Reading (Ep. 261)
Apr 29 2019 64 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about standing out, learning to like to read, and whether you should focus on building your strengths or weaknesses. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section. 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: Anything You Want, by Derek Sivers The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) The Game, by Neil Strauss Powlyglot To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Lost Adventures, by Gene Yang, Michael DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko Avatar: The Last Airbender comic library edition books, by Gene Yang, Michael DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko After the Wake, by Haruki Murakami Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin ComiXology Marvel Unlimited The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John Ratey How Exercise Improves Your Brain (Ep. 105) Thomas' Impossible List Marques Brownlee on YouTube Linus Tech Tips 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: 0:06:16 - Playing on your strengths or working on your weaknesses 0:20:40 - Making yourself stand out 0:25:39 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:27:53 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices) 0:29:45 - Making yourself stand out (continued) 0:35:04 - How to start reading more 0:51:42 - How Thomas chooses the challenges on his Impossible List 0:57:03 - Building towards your intended career 1:01:37 - 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!

How to Improve Your Travel Experience (Ep. 260)
Apr 22 2019 60 mins  
Travel can break up the monotony of your routines and inspire you to see things from a different angle. Here are a few ways to make it less overwhelming. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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’ Productivity course on Skillshare h3h3's Logan Paul Colorblind video Travis Sherry of Extra Pack of Peanuts (Ep. 13) How to Capture Inspiration When It Strikes (Ep. 259) Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247) Aaron Draplin's Design Workflow course on Skillshare Skyscanner KAYAK Wikitravel Airbnb Couchsurfing TrustingHousesitters 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: 0:04:29 - Making travel more fun and not planning it too much 0:23:21 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:25:10 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:17 - Learning the language and traveling to a different part of your city 0:34:59 - Making the trip more affordable 0:48:51 - Planning your trip more efficiently 0:58:13 - 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 Capture Inspiration When It Strikes (Ep. 259)
Apr 15 2019 51 mins  
When inspiration strikes, everything feels possible. Unfortunately, that feeling seems to leave us as quickly as it arrives. Can we break the cycle? Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section. 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: How to Stop Being Constantly Overwhelmed Paperclip Generator Game CGP Grey 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: 0:03:22 - Traveling and escaping your routines, or resetting them 0:13:02 - Feeling overwhelmed and and granting yourself small wins 0:21:57 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices) 0:23:56 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:26:14 - Giving yourself the freedom to explore things 0:31:54 - Pushing past slight inconveniences 0:34:52 - Making the most use out of your limited time 0:40:01 - Going cold turkey on habits that waste your time 0:42:03 - Getting hit by inspiration and how to take advantage of it 0:45:48 - 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!


The CIG Story: From Dorm Room Project to Full-Time Business (Ep. 258)
Apr 08 2019 83 mins  
Gather 'round, folks, it's time for a story. Here's how College Info Geek went from a side project in college to the full-time job it is today. 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: HackCollege How To Build A Hanging Desk In 15 Minutes The Ultimate Guide To Building A Personal Website My Quest To Build An iPhone App (Or, How To Get Out Of A Required Class) Powlyglot The Smart Passive Income Blog I Will Teach You To Be Rich Figma Anchor 5 Questions: Mornings, Quarter-Life Crises, and Dealing with Negativity (Ep. 257) The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield The Motivation Hacker, by Nick Winter Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare 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: 0:01:57 - Why Thomas started College Info Geek 0:08:21 - How CIG grew and became a business 0:27:08 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:29:14 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:31:39 - How Martin joined the team 0:50:54 - Starting the podcast 0:58:42 - Going pro 1:08:22 - The current state of the business 1:16:27 - Why Thomas went all-in on the website 1:19:28 - 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: Mornings, Quarter-Life Crises, and Dealing with Negativity (Ep. 257)
Apr 01 2019 66 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about breaking good habits, dealing with negativity, surviving a quarter-life crisis, 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. FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section. Things mentioned in this episode: We're Hiring - Animator/Motion Graphics Artist/Illustrator Martin's piano post on Instagram How to Learn to Play an Instrument (Ep. 256) CrashCourse on YouTube Kurzgesagt on YouTube Habitica (iOS | Android) Beeminder (iOS | Android) Strava (iOS | Android) The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg The Martian, by Andy Weir Artemis, by Andy Weir Fluent in 3 Months Listen Money Matters Wisecrack on YouTube Game Grumps 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: 0:02:57 - How to be more consistent with your productive days 0:14:25 - Breaking habits and changing your routine 0:22:55 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:25:59 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices) 0:28:11 - Handling negative criticism 0:40:35 - Dealing with a quarter-life crisis 0:55:22 - Separating your work from your personal brand 1:04:25 - 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 Learn to Play an Instrument (Ep. 256)
Mar 25 2019 60 mins  
If you've ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, this might be your year. We talk about our experiences with the musical arts. 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. FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section. 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. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas on Instagram Thomas' song on Spotify Gris OST - Karasu Music Theory 101, by Brian Boone and Marc Schonbrun Adam Neely on YouTube How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, by Robert Greenberg Atomic Habits, by James Clear Guitar Lesson's CAGED System article Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy on YouTube The Axis of Awesome - 4 Chords Hack Music Theory - video about Run The Jewels' "Let's Go" MuseScore Synthesia (iOS | Android) Yousician (iOS | Android) William Gillock - Phantom Rider 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: 0:03:43 - Clip: Martin playing the piano and Thomas playing the guitar 0:07:27 - What instruments does Martin play 0:11:17 - How we practice and learn new pieces 0:17:44 - Why learn music theory 0:23:52 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:32 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:28:26 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices) 0:30:03 - What piano should you buy, or where you can use one 0:35:01 - Taking lessons and how Thomas learns guitar 0:43:54 - Breaking down songs and listening to them more attentively 0:50:31 - 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!

Time Is Money: The Poisonous Mindset (Ep. 255)
Mar 18 2019 52 mins  
We all know time is money, but as the gig economy and remote work blur the lines in our schedules, we're really starting to feel it. Is that a good thing? 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 Cut's The Psychological Trap of Freelancing article How to Stop Being Constantly Overwhelmed Matt D'Avella's Gary Vaynerchuk video How to Learn Any Language from Scratch Freedom 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 - Benefits of this mindset and outsourcing tasks 0:10:29 - Overworking and feeling insecure by thinking time is money 0:21:28 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:24:18 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:51 - Balancing your free time and your work 0:37:35 - Starting to value your time more 0:43:19 - Embracing time off, eliminating distractions and outsourcing 0:50:23 - 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 Build the Perfect Workspace (Ep. 254)
Mar 11 2019 58 mins  
If you have to work, you'll have to do it somewhere. Why not make it somewhere good? Here's how to build a great place to get things done. 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. FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section. Things mentioned in this episode: Duet (iOS) Ikea standing desk Roost Laptop Stand Lap desk Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse AmazonBasics Adjustable Monitor Stand Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk Topo mat Office Master OM5 Ergonomic Chair Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair Herman Miller Aeron Tilt Limiter Task Chair Varidesk Standing Desk Ergodriven Spark Standing Desk Sennheiser HD 200 Headphones 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: 0:01:52 - What our workspaces look like 0:18:34 - Improving lighting, temperature and sound quality 0:22:06 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices) 0:24:12 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:50 - Improving sound quality (continued) 0:27:00 - How much space do you need for a desk 0:35:54 - Ergonomics, standing desks and chairs 0:54:39 - 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: Instruments, Skill Overload, and Imposter Syndrome (Ep. 253)
Mar 04 2019 50 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about starting instruments after childhood, remembering old skills, dealing with imposter syndrome at work, 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. FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section. Things mentioned in this episode: The 3 Best To-Do List Apps in 2019 How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210) What Quitting Video Games for a Month Did to My Brain (Ep. 249) How to Stop Being Constantly Overwhelmed Mike Boyd's Can I Still Do This Stuff? video How to Never Have Friends and Be Alone Forever (Ep. 243) How to Meet New People - 6 Tips for Making More Friends How to Build Closer Friendships How to Make Friends in College: A Comprehensive Guide 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: 0:08:14 - Learning an instrument 0:19:47 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:21:06 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices) 0:23:16 - The fear of missing out 0:29:56 - Learning, and retaining, new skills effectively 0:35:23 - Forging closer friendships 0:40:34 - Feeling unqualified at your workplace 0:46:45 - 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' Evernote Reorganization Project (Ep. 252)
Feb 25 2019 45 mins  
After some effort spent reorganizing his digital information system, Thomas finally updates his Evernote setup to keep things manageable. 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. FreshBooks: Accounting and invoicing software that automates your tasks and lets you get back to doing your real work. Get your first 30 days free by going to FreshBooks.com/CIG and entering College Info Geek in the "How did you hear about us?" section. Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Discord College Info Geek Subreddit The Search for the Ultimate Note-Taking App (Ep. 250) Evernote (iOS | Android) Ulysses (Mac) Bear (Mac | iOS) Notion (iOS | Android) Slite (iOS | Android) Tame Your Inbox: 4 Tips for Dealing With Email Productively FastEver (iOS) AutoHotkey Loom (Chrome) Typora My Review of the Rocketbook Everlast Scanbot (iOS | Android) Todoist (iOS | Android) Asana (iOS | Android) Trello (iOS | Android) Airtable Microsoft To-Do (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: 0:08:46 - Overview of some of the problems with Evernote 0:11:35 - The lack of a proper notebook organization system 0:18:45 - Getting data into the app can be cumbersome 0:21:05 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices) 0:24:21 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:26:12 - Lacking formatting tools and no video embedding 0:34:18 - Digitizing paper 0:37:12 - Tom’s task management system 0:42:56 - 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!

6 Powerful Quotes That Changed Our Mindsets (Ep. 251)
Feb 18 2019 46 mins  
Sometimes, you just need to hear the right words for an idea to really make sense. We talk about some of our favorite quotes and what they mean to us. 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: 4 Mindset Changes That Massively Improved My Life The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by Eliezer Yudkowsky LessWrong Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente Your Brain is a Library of "Stuff That Works" Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius 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: 0:02:45 - Knowledge exists only when it is given 0:10:56 - Do not flinch from experiences that might destroy your ideals 0:14:15 - I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all 0:21:39 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:24:32 - It's not just the thought that counts, the presentation matters too 0:28:02 - I shall not be afraid of anything I haven't even seen yet 0:33:29 - Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own 0:40:18 - 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 Search for the Ultimate Note-Taking App (Ep. 250)
Feb 11 2019 73 mins  
We have a conversation about note-taking apps. Which ones have we tried? What strengths do they have compared to the others? What do we need them to do? 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: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare College Info Geek Discord The 10 Best Note-Taking Apps in 2019 Michael Hyatt's Evernote Organization Method article Evernote (iOS | Android) OneNote (iOS | Android) Standard Notes (iOS | Android) Google Keep (iOS | Android) Bear (Mac | iOS) Ulysses (Mac) Apple Notes (iOS) Notion (iOS | Android) Slite (iOS | Android) Typora Agenda (Mac | iOS) Byword (Mac | iOS) Scrivener (iOS) Airtable MarkText The Money Lab Podcast What Quitting Video Games for a Month Did to My Brain (Ep. 249) Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247) Buying vs. Renting a Home: What’s the Smartest Choice? (Ep. 248) 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: 0:06:56 - Evernote 0:14:14 - Typora 0:17:38 - OneNote 0:18:58 - Standard Notes 0:22:21 - Google Keep 0:26:57 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:28:43 - How Martin takes notes 0:36:20 - Bear, Scrivener and Ulysses 0:45:09 - Notion and Slite 0:54:30 - Ideas and suggestions for a note-taking app 1:07:12 - 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!

What Quitting Video Games for a Month Did to My Brain (Ep. 249)
Feb 04 2019 42 mins  
Lifelong gamer and Nintendo fanboy Martin started this year with the unthinkable: an entire month without video games. We talk about what he learned. 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. 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. Things mentioned in this episode: Unity Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247) Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown Game Quitters on YouTube Game Quitters' Hobby Tool Buying vs. Renting a Home: What’s the Smartest Choice? (Ep. 248) Freshly How to Create a Study Space in Your Room 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: 0:02:25 - Why Martin decided to take a break from gaming 0:07:03 - Benefits of quitting video games for a while 0:17:34 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:19:59 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:25:15 - How Martin changed his setup and whether he'll stick with it 0:33:11 - Struggling with video game addiction and too many hobbies 0:39:57 - 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!

Buying vs. Renting a Home: What's the Smartest Choice? (Ep. 248)
Jan 28 2019 52 mins  
Apparently, most of us want to live somewhere at some point. But before we can worry about moving boxes and bubble wrap, we have to decide: buy or rent? Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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 Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205) Listen Money Matters NY Times Mortgage Calculator NerdWallet Tom’s budget modeler Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247) Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare 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: 0:05:57 - Where we're at in our house-buying journey 0:10:01 - Researching and deciding if you should buy or rent a house 0:17:34 - Figuring out how long you want to live somewhere 0:23:02 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:24:47 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:26:36 - Making sure you don't spend all your savings in a house 0:44:49 - Establishing a good relationship with your landlord 0:49:53 - 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!

Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247)
Jan 21 2019 71 mins  
With so many obligations and to-do lists hanging over our heads, it's easy to fall victim to burnout. Can we escape it, or is this just how it has to be? 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: Thomas’ Productivity course on Skillshare BuzzFeed News's How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation article How to Deal with Student Burnout Starbucked, by Taylor Clark Deep Work, by Cal Newport Mark Manson's Screw Finding Your Passion article Hank Green's What is Burnout? video John Green's On Burning Resentment video Stop Trying to "Find Your Passion" So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport 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: 0:09:59 - The problem with optimizing everything 0:23:30 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:58 - Why we keep putting off tasks that don't directly relate to our brand 0:35:17 - The expectation that we have that we need to always be working 0:55:47 - Doing something just for the fun of it and worrying less 1:09:10 - 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: Lectures, Audiobooks, and Remembering What You Read (Ep. 246)
Jan 14 2019 42 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about recording lectures, getting the most from audiobooks, remembering what you read, and more. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare: with over 25,000 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 (including Thomas' Productivity Masterclass!) at Skillshare.com/geek. 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’ Productivity course on Skillshare How to Never Have Friends and Be Alone Forever (Ep. 243) How to Learn Faster with the Feynman Technique The Laws of Human Nature, by Robert Greene Deep Work, by Cal Newport Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain 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: 0:01:56 - Not letting your work take away your social life 0:09:32 - Improving the way you remember the things you read 0:16:02 - Paying more attention in class instead of recording lectures 0:22:12 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:24:05 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning new problem-solving skills) 0:26:01 - Using audiobooks effectively 0:34:22 - Should you do a minor or spend the time on something else 0:40:24 - 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!

How to Turn Your New Year's Resolutions into New Year's Results (Ep. 245)
Jan 07 2019 41 mins  
New Year's resolutions are a noble concept, but they tend to have a pretty terrible success rate. We talk about implementing and sticking to new 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. 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. Things mentioned in this episode: Martin and Thomas’ 2018 Year in Review (Ep. 244) Thomas' Productivity course on Skillshare John Green's How to Make Goals, Not Resolutions video The Laws of Human Nature, by Robert Greene The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss 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: 0:02:18 - Announcement: Thomas' productivity course on Skillshare 0:05:11 - Figuring out the things you really want to accomplish and acting on them 0:20:20 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:23:49 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:25:38 - Figuring out the things you really want to accomplish and acting on them (continued) 0:33:00 - Being realistic about your limitations 0:39:27 - 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!

Martin and Thomas' 2018 Year in Review (Ep. 244)
Dec 31 2018 76 mins  
The new year is upon us, and before we let it this one slip through our fingertips we thought we'd give it one final look. Join us while we wrap up 2018. 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: Martin and Thomas’ 2017 Year in Review (Ep. 191) How Much Water Should You REALLY Be Drinking? The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study How to Stop Being TIRED All the Time How to Study Effectively with Flash Cards Thomas' Impossible List Jordy Vandeput's Premiere Pro course on Skillshare Duolingo (iOS | Android) TextFugu WaniKani Satori Reader Martin's Prints 3 Things Martin Learned Almost Dying on a Mountain Bike (Ep. 229) I Replaced My Breakfast with This Ultra Healthy Smoothie Tom's music channel Smart Passive Income Listen Money Matters 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: 0:02:59 - The state of the team, the website redesign and other business things 0:27:33 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:29:42 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:31:40 - What went well in our lives and what we improved on 0:51:58 - What didn't go so well 1:07:16 - What we want to accomplish next year 1:09:52 - 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 Never Have Friends and Be Alone Forever (Ep. 243)
Dec 24 2018 67 mins  
If you'd like to give up on friendship for good, this is for you. Of course, you could ignore this advice and make friends instead, but who would want that? 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: Fizzle Smart Passive Income Earning Passive Income The Smart Way With Pat Flynn (Ep. 7) Charisma on Command on YouTube How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205) How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Lifehacker's 90 Hours to Make a New Friend article How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177) How to Meet New People - 6 Tips for Making More Friends How to Build Closer Friendships 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: 0:06:27 - Don't approach someone to start a conversation 0:11:23 - Don't try to become better at socializing 0:20:48 - Don't try to be the leader 0:27:35 - Don't talk to people about things unrelated to the current situation 0:30:09 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:32:19 - Sponsor: CuriosityStream (Learning new topics) 0:34:33 - Don't take an interest in other people's interests 0:38:26 - Don't try new things to meet new people 0:42:02 - Don't try to remember people's birthdays or send them gifts 0:44:07 - Don't try to become friends when you don't immediately "click" 0:53:26 - Don't work on improving yourself 1:02:52 - Conclusion and good luck on being alone forever 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: Personal Branding, Depression, and Speaking Like a Native (Ep. 242)
Dec 17 2018 63 mins  
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)
Dec 10 2018 58 mins  
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)
Dec 03 2018 73 mins  
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)
Nov 26 2018 70 mins  
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)
Nov 19 2018 83 mins  
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)
Nov 12 2018 61 mins  
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)
Nov 05 2018 54 mins  
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)
Oct 29 2018 57 mins  
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)
Oct 22 2018 70 mins  
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)
Oct 15 2018 64 mins  
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)
Oct 08 2018 105 mins  
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)
Oct 01 2018 48 mins  
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)
Sep 24 2018 69 mins  
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)
Sep 17 2018 58 mins  
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!


5 Questions: Bad at Math, Choosing Goals, and Relationship Productivity (Ep. 227)
Sep 03 2018 70 mins  
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)
Aug 27 2018 57 mins  
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)
Aug 20 2018 52 mins  
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)
Aug 13 2018 67 mins  
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)
Aug 06 2018 57 mins  
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)
Jul 30 2018 70 mins  
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)
Jul 23 2018 71 mins  
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)
Jul 16 2018 61 mins  
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)
Jul 09 2018 67 mins  
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)
Jul 02 2018 60 mins  
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!

How to Make Your Life Seem Longer (Ep. 217)
Jun 25 2018 50 mins  
Time flies when you're having fun. Also when you're not. We talk about how to slow things down and fit more life into the one you have. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Mack Weldon: High-quality clothing basics for guys, featuring premium materials and smart design. Get 20% off your first order when you use the promo code ‘CIG’ at checkout. Things mentioned in this episode: Tom on Instagram Tom on Twitter Martin on Instagram Martin on Twitter BBC - Why does walking through doorways make us forget? Tom's Impossible List Why You Shouldn't Tell People About Your Goals A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente Tor.com How to Find Books That are Actually Worth Your Time The Story of the Human Body, by Daniel Lieberman Notion (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: 0:03:57 - The different ways we perceive the passing of time 0:10:51 - Making your daily commute more compelling 0:15:29 - Trying to live more in the moment 0:23:10 - Sponsor: Mack Weldon (Premium men’s clothing) 0:25:07 - Setting smaller challenges instead of big, overwhelming ones 0:29:39 - Documenting your accomplishments and ways travelling can motivate you 0:45:01 - Make sure you’re not neglecting your health 0:48:58 - 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 Exercise Habits and Fitness Goals (Ep. 216)
Jun 18 2018 58 mins  
Someday we'll all have cool cyborg bodies, but until then we should probably take care of the ones we have. Here's how we've been trying to stay in shape. 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 use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Create an Exercise Routine... and Stick to It (Ep. 158) Morning Routines (Ep. 208) Evernote (iOS | Android) Notion (iOS | Android) Asana (iOS | Android) Trello (iOS | Android) Airtable (iOS | Android) How to Build Strong Habits (Ep. 214) Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Starting Strength Kinobody Bodybuilding.com FitBod (iOS) Strava (iOS | Android) Fitocracy (iOS | Android) Habitica (iOS | Android) Yes4All Deluxe Chin Up Bar Doorway Fitness subreddit 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: 0:13:05 - Martin’s simpler workout 0:24:13 - Tom’s fitness goals 0:32:26 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:59 - Tom's more complex workout 0:45:18 - Aspects that complement the main workout 0:52:24 - 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 Take Criticism (Ep. 215)
Jun 11 2018 57 mins  
Criticism feels bad, but it's also one of the best shortcuts to improvement. Here's how to appreciate good criticism and stop taking things so personally. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: 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: 10 Things We'd Tell Our 18-Year-Old Selves (Ep. 213) ChoosingBeggars subreddit Hardy Fowler's Digital Painting course on Skillshare Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman LessWrong's The Lens That Sees Its Flaws article Tom's Backflip video 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: 0:01:58 - Initials thoughts on being able to take criticism 0:09:11 - Don't be ashamed of your old work 0:14:43 - Judging the intent and validity of a criticism 0:24:15 - Handling criticism while retaining your original vision 0:27:08 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:28:38 - Being open to the possibility of learning from anyone 0:31:56 - Making your content more intuitive to your users 0:37:18 - Being less emotional when dealing with criticism 0:48:38 - 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 Build Strong Habits (Ep. 214)
Jun 04 2018 54 mins  
Since our lives are governed largely by a collection of habits, we've decided to talk about how one might form a new habit on purpose. Want to make something a part of your identity and life? Here's how to get started. 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 use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Tom's notes on the Power of Habit Derek Sivers website Nat Eliason website Morning Routines (Ep. 208) The Motivation Hacker, by Nick Winter Habitica (iOS | Android) European Journal of Social Psychology's Habit Formation article Sherlock Holmes Collection, narrated by Stephen Fry How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes If This Isn't Nice, What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut 5 Non-Obvious Things That Are Killing Your Productivity Momentum (iOS) HabitBull (iOS | Android) Today (iOS) h3h3's Water Project 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: 0:03:30 - What does a habit consist of? 0:08:51 - Breaking bad habits and forming good ones 0:15:27 - What to do when you haven't done the habit for a while 0:23:39 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:28:03 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:29:55 - Motivating yourself to do the habits 0:43:01 - Habit tracker recommendations 0:52:02 - Using the 20 second rule 0:53:16 - 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 Things We'd Tell Our 18-Year-Old Selves (Ep. 213)
May 28 2018 61 mins  
Another year older, another year wiser. In this week's episode, we're reflecting on a few lessons it would have been nice to learn earlier, and we're passing the savings onto you. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212) The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Starting Strength Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Cooked documentary The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente 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: 0:06:27 - Be less cynical and more open with your feelings 0:13:31 - Be more empathetic when someone is hurt 0:19:16 - Don't neglect your posture and overall health 0:29:24 - Don’t do something just so you can put it in your resume 0:31:55 - Don't keep trying to date a friend and learn how to lose 0:38:18 - Eat a healthier diet 0:46:35 - Don’t over-systemize your life 0:48:56 - More free time doesn’t equal more productivity 0:52:48 - Get out of your comfort zone 0:54:27 - Don’t ask for help until you work on the problem for a while 0:59:40 - 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 Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212)
May 21 2018 80 mins  
Public speaking is consistently one of the top fears plaguing humanity, but that doesn't mean you can't do it. We talk a bit about our experience with giving speeches and some ways you can improve your own presentation skills. 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 use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes Peter Fonda 8 Things to STOP Doing When You Wake Up in the Morning 5 Rules for Answering ESSAY Questions on Exams How to Stay Hydrated: Here's Everything You Need to Know Jerry Seinfeld Comedy Writing Secrets, by Mark Shatz and Mel Helitzer alpha m on YouTube Charisma on Command on YouTube Adam Driver's Ted Talk Listen Money Matters Toastmasters CaseyNeistat on YouTube Become a Better Speaker: 9 Essential Public Speaking Skills 4 Tips for Crafting Great Speeches and Presentations Good to Great, by James C. Collins 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: 0:09:10 - Dealing with anxiety and practicing a speech 0:19:43 - Remembering your lines and the 2 levels of practicing public speaking 0:28:42 - Delivering jokes in your presentations 0:32:26 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:21 - Delivering jokes in your presentations (continued) 0:39:05 - Preparing your speech and keeping people engaged 0:45:17 - Building self-confidence 0:55:00 - Classes we recommend taking in high school 1:11:13 - Outlining and planning speeches 1:13:23 - Additional tips 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 [le

5 Questions: Social Media, Pets, and How to Choose a Foreign Language (Ep. 211)
May 14 2018 59 mins  
In this five questions episode, we talk about healthy social media use, balancing pets with a busy life, explaining an unimpressive resume, book formats, and how to choose a foreign language. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: 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: The College Info Geek Podcast on Facebook Tom on Instagram Tom on Twitter Martin on Instagram Martin on Twitter The College Info Geek Community on Reddit How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207) Freedom The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor Buffer (iOS | Android) Flume FocalFilter SelfControl Cold Turkey Blocker The Kennel Club PetSmart Dogtime's Dog Matchup Purina's Dog Breed Selector Music Theory 101, by Marc Schonbrun and Brian Boone Young Guru's profile and courses on Skillshare How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter (Ep. 209) Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) LessWrong Duolingo (iOS | Android) LanguagePod101 iTalki (iOS | Android) Rype Tom's music channel 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: 0:10:12 - Using social media while also not wasting time on it 0:23:39 - How to take care of a pet if you're always busy 0:31:25 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:33:28 - Applying to internships without much job experience 0:39:56 - Audio books, e-books or paper books? 0:46:41 - Learning a language by "dating" it for a while 0:55:16 - 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 [le


How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210)
May 07 2018 53 mins  
So many skills, so little time. Sure, we probably can't achieve mastery in all of them, but what if we don't care? We talk about how to learn the basics quickly enough to rekindle your dreams of becoming a renaissance man. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Backblaze — unlimited cloud backup for PCs and Macs. Don’t be that person who loses all their files permanently when — not if — your computer’s hard drive fails. Get started with a 15-day, full-featured trial at backblaze.com/CIG. Things mentioned in this episode: Tom’s Sunday Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on YouTube Tom's Work Vibes playlist on Spotify The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente The Kingkiller Chronicle series, by Patrick Rothfuss Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell The First 20 Hours, by Josh Kaufman The 4-Hour Chef, by Tim Ferriss Love-Coloured Master Spark song Synthesia (iOS | Android) Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland Henry Fonda on Wikipedia h3h3Productions on YouTube Momentum (iOS) Habitica (iOS | Android) Beeminder (iOS | Android) Yousician (iOS | Android) Tom's music channel on YouTube Martin on Instagram How to Stay Hydrated: Here's Everything You Need to Know How to Study Effectively with Flash Cards Rype - Learn a Language in 100 Days Andrew Huang on YouTube Andrew Huang on Spotify Skillshare (iOS | Android) How to Learn a New Skill Quickly: A 4-Step Process 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: 0:10:33 - Overview of the skill learning process 0:23:47 - Sponsor: Backblaze (Backing up your data) 0:26:12 - Choosing and focusing on something that motivates you 0:27:28 - Figuring out how good you want to be and deconstructing a skill 0:33:07 - Gaining access to the necessary tools and eliminating barriers 0:38:16 - Finding time to practice 0:41:18 - Creating feedback loops 0:44:31 - Practicing in short bursts instead of long periods of time 0:47:31 - The need to practice a lot before mastering a skill 0:49:20 - Additional tips to rapid skill acquisition 0:52:00 - 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!](http://collegeinfogeek.com/


Morning Routines (Ep. 208)
Apr 23 2018 54 mins  
What did you do this morning? In the productivity world, this question sounds a lot more compelling than usual due to the allure of the morning routine — the perfect formula to start a successful day. We talk about our routines and how to build your own. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Tom’s Sunday Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on YouTube How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207) Morning Routines (Ep. 81) Habitica (iOS | Android) Duolingo (iOS | Android) NerdFitness' PLP Challenge article Linus Tech Tips on YouTube Taran Van Hemert's Advanced Video Editing Tutorial Essentialism, by Greg McKeown Music Theory 101, by Marc Schonbrun and Brian Boone Tide (iOS | Android) Brain.fm Autochords (iOS) Momentum (iOS) HabitBull (iOS | Android) Freedom FocalFilter Heyfocus How To Actually Stop Wasting Time On The Internet Audible 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: 0:05:58 - What we’re doing in the morning 0:13:39 - How we work out and tips on exercising 0:25:33 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:28:18 - Other elements of our morning routines 0:40:57 - Tips on starting a morning routine 0:52:57 - 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!](http://collegeinfogeek.com/


Moving Out of Your Mom's Basement: How to Live Independently (Ep. 206)
Apr 09 2018 66 mins  
Get your wings ready, because it's time to leave the nest. But what exactly does it take to strike out on your own? We talk about the day-to-day challenges of living independently. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Listen Money Matters How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) The Naked Roommate, by Harlan Cohen How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205) How to Adult on YouTube The Art of Manliness 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) 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: 0:03:29 - Becoming independent from your parents 0:07:06 - Handling all the costs that come with independence 0:14:27 - Choosing to live in a dorm during college 0:18:15 - Prioritizing what you need to buy 0:22:44 - Dealing with house maintenance 0:28:31 - Learning how to live with someone else 0:50:51 - Setting things up in your apartment 0:53:31 - Being aware of things that need to be done 1:00:02 - Developing your comfort zone 1:03:37 - 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!


A 12-Step Exam Prep Checklist (Ep. 204)
Mar 26 2018 67 mins  
Feeling ready for finals? We talk through the 12-step exam preparation checklist found in Barbara Oakley's "A Mind for Numbers." Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: A Mind of Numbers, by Barbara Oakley Richard Felder Learning How to Learn on Coursera Ghostwritten, by David Mitchell Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell The Science Behind Reading Speed Do Speed Reading Apps & Techniques Really Work? 5 Ways to Read Faster That ACTUALLY Work Reading Faster: The Science Behind What Works… and What Doesn’t (Ep. 93) Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber Soonish, by Zach Weinersmith and Kelly Weinersmith How to Find a Mentor (Ep. 203) Dale R. Corson “How Long Should it Take to Get Good at My Job?” (Ep. 86) Learned Helplessness (Ep. 99) How to Memorize Any Number EASILY with the Major System The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100) Koofers Backblaze 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: 0:03:03 - Checklist overview and interleaving your studies 0:09:51 - Tackling reading assignments 0:17:05 - Working on problems with classmates 0:24:56 - Participating in group discussions 0:29:05 - Sponsor: Backblaze 0:32:26 - Asking teachers for help 0:36:30 - Making sure you understand the problem solutions 0:45:05 - Asking for clarification when you're confused 0:50:19 - Going through a study guide 0:53:27 - Not spending enough time on the actual math 0:54:38 - Quizzing classmates about the study guide 0:56:26 - Going to review sessions 0:57:31 - Getting enough sleep before a test 1:03:33 - Additional suggestions 1:05:48 - 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 Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202)
Mar 12 2018 58 mins  
Winners never quit, right? Well, no. According to Seth Godin's 'The Dip,' winners quit plenty of things. They just know which things to quit, leaving them to focus their energies on better things. So, which things should you quit? Let's find out. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The College Info Geek Podcast on Spotify The Dip, by Seth Godin Essentialism, by Greg McKeown Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Gary Vaynerchuk's website CaseyNeistat on YouTube 6 Ways to Have a Productive Summer Break How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178) Listen Money Matters Anna on Instagram Elon Musk on Wikipedia Stephen King on Wikipedia J. K. Rowling on Wikipedia Pivot, by Jenny Blake The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage 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: 0:00:46 - Quitting and being the best in the world 0:17:48 - False assumptions and changing your strategy 0:23:49 - Competition and pushing through the dip 0:32:13 - Setting feasible goals 0:35:12 - The cliff and the cul-de-sac 0:46:01 - Questions to ask yourself before quitting 0:50:09 - Knowing what to invest in 0:53:25 - Thoughts on being well-rounded 0:55:33 - 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: Study Music, New Connections, and Winter Productivity (Ep. 201)
Mar 05 2018 51 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about studying with music, making new connections, estimating how long a task will take, staying productive in winter, and what to do when you're overwhelmed. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The College Info Geek Podcast on Spotify Spark, by John Ratey AlphaM on YouTube How to Plan Out Your Year (Ep. 200) Productive Breaks, Avoiding Multitasking, & Intimidating Professors (Ep. 112) Rainy Mood Brain.fm Mahmoud Awad's Dance To Death Tom’s Sunday Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on YouTube The Dip, by Seth Godin Quartz's My Husband And I Have Nothing In Common article The Brass Rabbit on YouTube (Anna’s channel) Beeminder Blog's Pomodoro Poker article How to Stop Procrastinating and Focus: A Guide to the Pomodoro Technique Essentialism, by Greg McKeown Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Audible 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: 0:04:20 - Staying productive in the winter 0:13:20 - Regarding music as multitasking 0:18:06 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:21:10 - Connecting with people who don't share your interests 0:31:21 - Getting better at time estimating 0:38:26 - Feeling guilty about having fun when there's work to do 0:48:55 - 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 Plan Out Your Year (Ep. 200)
Feb 26 2018 49 mins  
It's almost March now, so quite a few New Year's resolutions have probably fallen through already. But that doesn't mean it's too late to do something worth being proud of. We talk about how to really plan out your year. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Weapons of Influence #6: Scarcity (Ep. 199) Bearmaggedon Axe Cop Duolingo (iOS | Android) Tom's Reading Challenge Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes Gary Taubes The Cuckoo's Egg, by Clifford Stoll Clifford Stoll David Mitchell TextFugu Momentum (iOS) HabitBull (iOS | Android) Habitica (iOS | Android) How to Make a Final Exam Study Schedule Todoist (iOS | Android) Tom's Impossible List A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168) Gary Vaynerchuk's website Tom's Spotify Playlist Tom's YouTube Playlist Brilliant 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: 0:05:07 - Making time for things you want to do 0:18:16 - How to plan out your year in segments 0:24:19 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:26:18 - Tom's three-month reading challenge 0:29:51 - How to track the progress on your goals 0:36:55 - Planning for the future 0:41:16 - Dealing with setbacks 0:47:15 - 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!

Weapons of Influence #6: Scarcity (Ep. 199)
Feb 19 2018 56 mins  
We look one final time at Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" to talk about why you really don't know what you have until it's gone. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Robert Cialdini Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189) Weapons of Influence #3: Social Proof (Ep. 193) Weapons of Influence #4: Liking (Ep. 195) Weapons of Influence #5: Authority (Ep. 197) Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach Mary Roach Psychological reactance Hello Internet podcast Kurt Vonnegut David Mitchell Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell Future Library Streisand effect Barbra Streisand Beyoncé Gary Vaynerchuk $20,000 Black Lotus RXBAR 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: 0:01:27 - Thoughts on the podcast going forward 0:09:18 - Scarcity and dealing with opportunities 0:21:37 - Psychological reactance 0:28:30 - Sponsor: RXBAR (Whole food protein bars) 0:31:18 - Thoughts on limited time offers 0:38:54 - Deceiving people through limited offers 0:45:39 - Figuring out why you want something 0:53:55 - 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!

14 Ways to Spend Your Time in College (Ep. 198)
Feb 12 2018 67 mins  
Classes may seem like they take forever, but four years really isn't that long in the grand scheme of things. We talk about fourteen of the nearly limitless options for spending your time in school, so you can make the most of your college experience. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: How to Automate Your Life (Ep. 194) Elgato Stream Deck AutoHotkey Actualized.org YouTube channel Xero Powlyglot JCPenney Express How the Heck Do I Study Abroad? (Ep. 101) Study Advice From A Medical Student (Ep. 26) What It Takes to Get Into Medical School (Ep. 94) Brilliant 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: 0:09:10 - Choosing majors and doing extra activities 0:16:52 - Joining clubs and managing your free time 0:23:52 - Committees and not putting everything in your resume 0:26:59 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:29:13 - On-campus events, the Career Fair and dressing up 0:35:23 - Working part-time jobs 0:40:41 - Studying abroad 0:41:42 - Doing volunteer work 0:44:06 - Entrepreneurship and freelance projects 0:45:20 - The honors program 0:49:58 - Joining honor societies 0:51:53 - Fraternities and sororities 0:55:48 - Searching for scholarships 0:57:21 - Independent learning projects 0:59:52 - Romantic relationships 1:02:27 - Making time for doing fun things 1:06:28 - 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!

Weapons of Influence #5: Authority (Ep. 197)
Feb 05 2018 53 mins  
We dive back into Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion," to talk a bit about why it's so easy to follow the leader, even when you know you shouldn't. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: How To Subscribe To The Podcast Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Robert Cialdini Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189) Weapons of Influence #3: Social Proof (Ep. 193) Weapons of Influence #4: Liking (Ep. 195) Elgato Green Screen Elgato Game Capture HD60 Elgato Stream Deck AutoHotkey Spotify (iOS | Android) Podcast Addict (Android) Pocket Casts (iOS | Android) Milgram experiment Bruce Lee How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178) Catch Me If You Can (2002), on Rotten Tomatoes Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale Frank Abagnale Change My View subreddit 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: 0:01:41 - How to subscribe to the podcast 0:05:12 - Perceiving and being influenced by authority 0:23:34 - Exposure to conflict and finding your moral stance 0:30:53 - Being afraid of people whom you perceive as authoritative 0:34:57 - Viewing things from a position of authority 0:40:41 - Tricking people by resembling authoritative figures 0:52:34 - 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: Audio vs. Paper Books, iPad Pro for Students, and Motivation Tactics (Ep. 196)
Jan 29 2018 57 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about the iPad Pro, Pomodoro breaks, filming, motivation, and whether audio books are as effective as traditional reading. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Alex French Guy Cooking YouTube channel iPad Pro 12.9" (Amazon | Apple) Apple Pencil (Amazon | Apple) Nebo (iOS | Android) Evernote (iOS | Android) Rocketbook (Everlast | Wave | Color) Rocketbook (iOS | Android) iJustine YouTube channel Bear (Mac | iOS) Simplenote (iOS | Android) Duolingo (iOS | Android) Tide (iOS | Android) Audible (iOS | Android) Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot Meg Cabot The Cuckoo's Egg, by Clifford Stoll Clifford Stoll Weapons of Influence #4: Liking (Ep. 195) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Robert Cialdini The Martian, by Andy Weir Andy Weir * Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline Ernest Cline Wil Wheaton Anathem, by Neal Stephenson Neal Stephenson Ghostwritten, by David Mitchell David Mitchell Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell Reamde, by Neal Stephenson The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente Catherynne M. Valente Tina Fey Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain Crash Course YouTube channel Crash Course Study Skills playlist Listen Money Matters CaseyNeistat YouTube channel CaseyNeistat's Fat and Lazy video Mark Manson's blog 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: 0:02:57 - Thoughts on the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil 0:20:36 - Regaining focus after a Pomodoro break 0:25:21 - The effectiveness of audiobooks vs reading them 0:40:45 - How does Tom deal with scripts while filming videos 0:45:43 - Finding motivation when you're generally unmotivated 0:52:53 - Hobbies and interests becoming part of your identity 0:55:20 - 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!](http://collegeinfogeek.com/

Weapons of Influence #4: Liking (Ep. 195)
Jan 22 2018 64 mins  
In part four of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about the link between persuasion and being likable. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Robert Cialdini Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189) Weapons of Influence #3: Social Proof (Ep. 193) Joe Girard A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 1 (Ep. 69) A Master Class on Buying a Car – Part 2 (Ep. 70) The Science Behind First Impressions: How The Halo Effect Can Lend You Instant Credibility Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman Daniel Kahneman Brilliant 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: 0:05:53 - How we are influenced by people and things we like 0:18:28 - Being associated with something 0:29:51 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:31:59 - Physical attractiveness and the halo effect 0:40:26 - Similarities, compliments and how some exploit them 0:51:25 - Contact, familiarity and cooperation 1:00:56 - 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 Automate Your Life (Ep. 194)
Jan 15 2018 66 mins  
When it comes to removing regular tasks from your life, you have four choices: Do, Delegate, Delete, or Automate. We talk a bit about that last one, including things we've automated in our own lives and how to find automation candidates in yours. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Does Drinking Coffee Dehydrate You? TP-Link Smart Plug Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit Etekcity Wireless Remote Light Switch Evernote (iOS | Android) Mise en place Asana (iOS | Android) Todoist (iOS | Android) Sikuli Script Lazy Innovation Chronicles: How I Got Paid to Watch Netflix xkcd - Is It Worth the Time? Clipboard Help + Spell aText Cooked documentary on Netflix MissionU 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: 0:00:52 - Thoughts on tea and staying hydrated 0:09:22 - General view of automation 0:17:47 - Automating the studio setup 0:27:06 - Martin's automations for the website 0:29:42 - Sponsor: MissionU (Different approach to higher education) 0:34:50 - Martin's automations for the website (continued) 0:40:41 - How Tom automates his video making process 0:47:27 - Tom's favorite automation story from his internship 0:54:06 - Tips for tasks you might want to automate 1:04:09 - 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!

Weapons of Influence #3: Social Proof (Ep. 193)
Jan 08 2018 67 mins  
In part three of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about why you shouldn't always follow the wisdom of the crowd. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Robert Cialdini Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189) HuffPost - The Jonestown Massacre Binging with Babish YouTube channel Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188) Bystander effect Pluralistic ignorance Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by Eliezer Yudkowsky Listen Money Matters The Telegraph - Rapper 50 Cent makes $10m after plugging stock on Twitter The Bad Crypto Podcast Brilliant 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 - What is social proof and how does it affect us? 0:08:26 - The two factors that make social proof powerful 0:19:35 - Some practical examples of social proof 0:26:13 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:28:40 - The story of a flying saucer cult 0:36:11 - Pluralistic ignorance and the bystander effect 0:46:28 - Exploiting people's perspectives through social proof 1:03:36 - 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 Better at Cooking (Ep. 192)
Jan 01 2018 80 mins  
We ring in the new year with a conversation about how to get into the world of cooking, just in time to fuel all of your health-related resolutions. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead The Science of Cooking, by Dr. Stuart Farrimond Dr. Stuart Farrimond's website Jamie Oliver YouTube channel Jamie Oliver's Dream School Knife Skills video The Martian, by Andy Weir Blue Apron Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain MyFridgeFood Supercook Kitchn - How To Make Fruit Clafoutis Gordon Ramsay YouTube channel Alex French Guy Cooking YouTube channel Wranglerstar YouTube channel Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Tramontina 80116/007DS Gourmet Stainless Steel Fry Pan Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet EZ Tofu Press Evernote (iOS | Android) Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup Mise en place Gordon Ramsay's Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon Recipe video Eating Cheaply, Healthily, and Quickly (Ep. 103) Listen Money Matters Cheap Meals: Good Food On A Tight Budget Audible 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: 0:02:05 - Thoughts on juicing and nutrition 0:07:34 - Starting to cook and Martin's vegan experience 0:14:45 - Making the cooking process less boring and more involved 0:21:02 - Beginner strategies to start cooking 0:32:10 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:35:27 - Examples of knives and how to maintain them 0:41:25 - The different types of pans and how to use them 0:54:22 - Other good tools to have and trying out recipes 1:03:27 - Planning your recipes and keeping everything organized 1:10:32 - Some additional cooking tips 1:17:16 - 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!](http://collegeinfogeek.com

Martin and Thomas' 2017 Year in Review (Ep. 191)
Dec 25 2017 75 mins  
Happy New Year, almost! We break from our normal list of topics to talk about what we've been up to in 2017 and how this year has helped us grow. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: How to Set Goals You’ll ACTUALLY Stick To Real Men Real Style YouTube channel AlphaM YouTube channel How to Study Effectively with Flash Cards 8 Better Ways to Make and Study Flash Cards John Green The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green Crash Course YouTube channel John Green's What OCD Is Like video CaseyNeistat YouTube channel Listen Money Matters Crash Course Study Skills playlist Crash Course World History playlist The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss Patrick Rothfuss The Great Passage, by Shion Miura The Code Book, by Simon Singh Simon Singh Elon Musk Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance Ashlee Vance Jeff Bezos The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone Brad Stone Steve Jobs Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain Medium Raw, by Anthony Bourdain Storyblocks 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: 0:03:18 - Tom's progress with music editing 0:06:01 - Martin's road trip and traveling 0:20:09 - Thoughts on time, efficiency and appreciating things 0:25:32 - Moving to Denver and other good things that happened 0:40:43 - Sponsor: StoryBlocks (Graphic design assets) 0:43:54 - Things that Tom and Martin struggled with this year 1:03:31 - Cycling around Central Park and filming Crash Course 1:08:02 - Some of Tom and Martin's favorite books of the year 1:15:05 - 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!](http://collegeinfogeek.com

The Nuts and Bolts of Running Your Own Business (Ep. 190)
Dec 18 2017 63 mins  
Starting a business can seem daunting, but don't let that keep you from your million-dollar idea. Here's what's behind the scenes of entrepreneurship. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: TurboTax Ustream FreshBooks Xero Wave Accounting ScanBot (iOS | Android) Evernote (iOS | Android) Evernote Scannable (iOS) Pat Flynn Shake (iOS | Android) Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain Steve Jobs Lessons from The Personal MBA (Ep. 166) The Personal MBA, by Josh Kaufman Josh Kaufman Every Frame a Painting Medium - Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting Project management triangle Storyblocks 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: 0:03:09 - Tom and Martin's experiences with entrepreneurship 0:10:02 - The different types of businesses 0:25:12 - Managing your income and expenses 0:28:20 - Doing the taxes for your business 0:35:35 - Handling the contracts yourself or hiring a professional 0:39:02 - Sponsor: StoryBlocks (Graphic design assets) 0:42:18 - Viewing a business as a funnel 0:49:00 - Knowing your target audience and commanding respect 0:52:21 - Applying the funnel concept to advertising 0:57:39 - How to get funding for your business 1:02:28 - 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!](http://collegeinfogeek.com

Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189)
Dec 11 2017 69 mins  
In part two of our series on Robert Cialdini's "Influence," we talk about why sticking to your guns isn't always the smartest thing to do. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Robert Cialdini Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain Listen Money Matters Bitcoin subreddit Mark Manson - Living In The Age of Outrage Less Wrong - Belief as Attire Why You Shouldn't Tell People About Your Goals Rule #1 About Your Goals: You Do Not Talk About Your Goals! Tom's 25 pages per day challenge Anchor StoryBlocks 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: 0:00:55 - Establishing your public image 0:08:12 - The importance of consistency and mental shortcuts 0:11:37 - Defining financial bubbles 0:14:43 - Standing firmly by a choice you previously made 0:35:57 - Sponsor: Anchor (Starting a podcast) 0:40:04 - Sponsor: StoryBlocks (Graphic design assets) 0:42:06 - How businesses use the tripwire strategy 0:47:56 - Being consistent by committing to something publicly 0:50:35 - Having something, or someone, to hold you accountable 1:00:44 - Asking questions that force people to take a stance 1:06:37 - Behaving according to your public image 1:08:17 - 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!

Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188)
Dec 04 2017 67 mins  
You've probably heard about meditation, but does it really work? We talk about why simply sitting and breathing might change your life for the better. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius Kaihōgyō Zafu Meditation Cushion Bamboo Meditation Kneeling Bench Zabuton Meditation Cushions Thai Fisherman Pants Alan Watts The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss How to Study Effectively with Flash Cards 8 Better Ways to Make and Study Flash Cards Real Engineering Brain.fm Headspace (iOS | Android) Asian Efficiency - My Brain's Stronger Than Your Brain Loving-kindness Meditation Vipassana Meditation Lion's Roar - How to Practice Zazen AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE's Scientific Power of Meditation video Ensō (iOS) Calm (iOS | Android) Meditation music on Spotify Storyblocks 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: 0:01:45 - Walking meditation and the definition of meditation 0:08:12 - Why and how Martin meditates 0:14:55 - Being present-minded and not always impatient 0:29:23 - Sacrificing your current happiness for the sake of future-proofing 0:35:24 - Sponsor: StoryBlocks (Graphic design assets) 0:38:28 - The mental processes Tom and Martin go through when meditating 0:46:29 - How your brain reacts to external stimuli 0:52:01 - Examples of different types of meditation 0:54:56 - Scientific studies on the benefits of meditation 0:58:29 - Tips to start meditating 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 Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187)
Nov 27 2017 65 mins  
The internet can be a dangerous place, but it doesn't have to be. We talk about how to mitigate risk and stay safe in the digital age. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: How To Not Be Dumb On The Internet (Ep. 3) Dyson sphere Freeman Dyson Quantum cryptography Brute-force attack ASCII - American Standard Code for Information Interchange Random ize - How Long to Hack my Password Dictionary attack 1Password LastPass KeePass Multi-factor authentication Universal 2nd Factor Two Factor Auth How-To Geek - What's the Best Antivirus for Windows 10? Malwarebytes NetworkWorld - How Adblock Plus could work as malware protection uBlock Origin (Chrome | Firefox | Opera | Edge) AdBlock (Chrome | Firefox | Opera | Edge) AdBlock Plus (Chrome | Firefox | Opera | Edge) Cryptanalysis of the Enigma Wired Medium - Getting Hacked As An Internet Creator boogie2988 YouTube channel Ghost in the Wires, by Kevin Mitnick Kevin Mitnick Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale Frank Abagnale Phishing Forwards From Grandma subreddit Hackable? podcast Traffic analysis Lifehacker - Why You Should Be Using a VPN (and How to Choose One) Lifehacker - Five Best VPN Service Providers Private Internet Access TunnelBear Credit Karma Equifax Experian TransUnion Google Backup and Sync Dropbox 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: 0:03:59 - Why you should increase your online security 0:13:03 - Defining and creating powerful passwords 0:21:47 - Using two factor authentication (2FA) 0:29:01 - Protecting against viruses, malware and adware 0:37:57 - How people get tricked through social engineering 0:49:50 - Having separate email addresses and securing your phone 0:52:21 - Things to keep in mind when using free wifi 0:56:20 - Monitoring your credit and credit cards 0:58:36 - Making sure all your files are backed up 1:01:01 - 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!


Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186)
Nov 20 2017 70 mins  
The art of persuasion comes in many forms. We talk about the first of six lessons from Robert Cialdini's "Influence": the rule of reciprocation. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Robert Cialdini How People Manipulate You: The 6 Principles of Influence Indo Board Balance Board Original with Roller Man on Wire (2008), on Rotten Tomatoes The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield Steven Pressfield The War of Art (Ep. 161) Price Intelligently - Price Anchoring to Optimize Your Pricing Strategy J.C. Penney Suitsupply Room&Board Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber David Graeber Alvin Ward Gouldner Lessons from The Personal MBA (Ep. 166) Hardcore History podcast Dan Carlin MoneyLab's "Email Page" Jeff Bezos 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: 0:03:55 - What is "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" about? 0:06:48 - The anchoring effect when comparing and contrasting things 0:19:39 - The importance of reciprocity in human society 0:22:58 - Scams, forced donations and other exploits 0:45:05 - How much it can cost you to feel obligated to return a favor 0:48:22 - Example of blackmail (extreme reciprocity) in House of Cards (SPOILERS) 0:50:45 - The three main obligations when it comes to reciprocity 0:55:13 - Whittling down from the most expensive options to cheaper ones 0:59:14 - Sensing the underlying principles of reciprocity 1:02:10 - The emotional impact of "actual" gifts in contrast to money 1:05:38 - 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 Hired: A Look Inside the Decision Maker's Head (Ep. 185)
Nov 13 2017 60 mins  
We've talked a lot about the job-seeking process, but this time we get to examine things from a different perspective: the company. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: CIG is Looking for an Awesome Writer! The application form's questions #1 The application form's questions #2 How to Crush Job Interviews (Ep. 183) Swim University Swim University YouTube channel Roasty Coffee Roasty Coffee YouTube channel Listen Money Matters How to Finish Homework FAST How to Stop Falling Behind on Your Homework Defy Gravity (Roxine's website) Tom's Impossible List Kurt Gödel Uncertainty principle Medium Typepad Pastebin James Joyce HackCollege How to Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178) Good to Great, by James Collins James Collins Charisma on Command YouTube channel Dwight D. Eisenhower Beardbrand Beardbrand YouTube channel Presentation by Eric Bandholz from Beardbrand 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: 0:00:57 - How some members of the team were hired 0:04:07 - Reasons for hiring a new writer 0:06:36 - The questions and the form used in the hiring process 0:13:15 - Seemingly irrelevant questions and "weeding out" people 0:20:49 - Can we be great at something without having a knack for it? 0:24:56 - Don't "shotgun" your resume to a lot of companies 0:27:25 - Ways to show showcase your experience in writing 0:34:50 - The initial "weed out" bullet points 0:38:20 - Handling rejection from a job opportunity 0:40:56 - The next steps of figuring out who to hire 0:47:04 - Ghostwriting and assigning the right tasks to employees 0:53:56 - Reasons for why would-be-employers might not respond to you 0:57:30 - 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!

5 Questions: Video Games, Language Learning, and Thinking Out Loud (Ep. 184)
Nov 06 2017 58 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about video games, language learning, Anki, thinking out loud, and what to do when you don't like your major. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The College Info Geek Community Thomas and Martin on Twitter College Info Geek on Twitter The Code Book, by Simon Singh Martin on Goodreads RecUp (iOS) Dropbox Anki (iOS | Android) How to Remember More of What You Learn with Spaced Repetition The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study Dear Hank & John podcast So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport Cal Newport College Info Geek's essential books for students Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, by Jenny Blake Pivot (Jenny Blake's website) 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: 0:05:45 - How to submit questions for the podcast 0:06:50 - Balancing video games with productivity 0:12:23 - Having a backlog of things you want to read, watch or play 0:18:42 - Learning several languages, or other skills, all at once 0:27:37 - Thinking out loud without someone to talk to 0:34:15 - Putting everything into Anki or similar systems 0:43:30 - Switching your major down the line and pivoting 0:54:15 - The 3 elements of having fulfilling work 0:57:06 - 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 Crush Job Interviews (Ep. 183)
Oct 30 2017 67 mins  
A job interview might be all that lies between you and a new life. We talk about how to put your best foot forward so it won't stand in the way. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Resume Tips From a Hiring Director Who Read 10,000 Resumes (Ep. 40) The Power of Storytelling in Job Interviews (Ep. 80) Listen Money Matters 5 Resume Mistakes You Need to Avoid Elon Musk Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance CNBC - How to get hired by Elon Musk The Balance - 28 Behavior Based Job Interview Questions The Balance - Job Interview Questions and Answers U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Salary Negotiation and Student Loan Payoff Tactics (Ep. 38) In-Depth Salary Negotiation Tactics (Ep. 52) Fearless Salary Negotiation Tips With Josh Doody Suitsupply Combatant Gentlemen How to Upgrade Your Wardrobe and Dress Better (Ep. 128) Real Men Real Style YouTube channel Video interview with Dr. Nun S. Amen Ra The Tim Ferriss Show Design Shack - The Importance of a "Leave-Behind" for Clients: Top Tips & Advice How To Land Your Dream Internship, by Tam Pham How to Land Your Dream Internship (Ep. 129) Confessions of a Recruiting Director, by Brad Karsh Getting from College to Career, by Lindsey Pollak Steal the Show, by Michael Port Ramit Sethi Ramit Sethi's YouTube channel 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: 0:02:07 - What are job interviewers looking for in a candidate? 0:11:07 - Possible interview questions that may come up 0:19:16 - Some general traits that apply to most jobs 0:23:45 - Negotiating your possible salary 0:28:58 - Having the correct mindset when applying for a job 0:35:32 - Choosing what to wear to an interview 0:45:01 - Respecting every employee at the workplace 0:48:31 - Practicing interviews and thinking before speaking 0:52:40 - Handling the aftermath of an interview 1:01:31 - Don't be overly negative about your previous jobs 1:04:29 - 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 Learn a Foreign Language Independently (Ep. 182)
Oct 23 2017 76 mins  
A classroom isn't always the best place to learn a language. We talk about how to study foreign languages on your own time. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: iTalki (If you take a lesson with this, both you and Martin get $10 in lesson credits. Happy learning!) LanguageLearning subreddit's language learning resources Anki (iOS | Android) Forvo (iOS | Android) Duolingo (iOS | Android) Rosetta Stone LanguagePod101 Lang-8 WeSpeke (iOS | Android) MindSnacks (iOS) Heads Up! (iOS | Android) TextFugu Eto Eto WaniKani Poe's law How to Make the Most of Your Language Class (Ep. 162) La Disparition (Original French Edition), by Georges Perec La Disparition / A Void (English Edition), by Georges Perec The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams How I'm Using Twitter To Learn Japanese Mr. Ando of the Woods International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Fluent Forever, by Gabriel Wyner Fluent Forever (Gabriel Wyner's website) Benny Lewis Fluent in 3 Months, by Benny Lewis Fluent in 3 months (Benny Lewis's website) Reading Faster: The Science Behind What Works... and What Doesn't (Ep. 93) Meetup (iOS | Android) Ethereum CoinDesk Forbes How to Remember More of What You Learn with Spaced Repetition Spacing effect Powlyglot - How to Boost Your Vocabulary with OVA The Art of Language Invention, by David J. Peterson 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: 0:02:41 - Being fluent in a language 0:06:39 - Learning the specific sounds of a language 0:13:56 - Having something that motivates you and some resource examples 0:17:16 - Speaking a language from day one and having conversations 0:22:46 - Defining your language goals and the importance of pronunciation 0:26:46 - Progressing on learning a language after pronunciation 0:33:39 - Creating something in your target language 0:36:25 - Being evaluated by native speakers and noticing mistakes 0:44:45 - Hiring people to teach you and other ways to practice speaking 0:49:52 - Maintaining several languages 0:55:16 - Using different resources instead of focusing on a single one 1:01:02 - What is Anki and how do you use it? 1:09:59 - 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!

Social Skills: How to Be Confident in Social Situations (Ep. 181)
Oct 16 2017 90 mins  
Few skills have as much of an effect on your happiness as social skills. We talk a bit about how to build confidence and connect with other humans. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Cortex podcast My Personality Test Results... 16Personalities Test Johnny Depp Avril Lavigne Listen Money Matters Halo effect Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman Elon Musk Mark Zuckerberg Messy Room, Messy Mind How to Be More Confident Than Anyone You Know: 5 Effective Tips How to Be More Confident: 5 Strategies that Worked for Me How Twitter Helped Me Take Myself Seriously Martin on Twitter Collegetopia - How to Approach Anyone with the 3 Second Rule Morgan Freeman Hank Green Logan Paul Ben Affleck Snoop Dogg Reggie Fils-Aimé Epic Rap Battles of History Owen Wilson The Brass Rabbit (Anna's channel) Conan O'Brien AlphaM YouTube channel Real Men Real Style YouTube channel MaleFashionAdvice subreddit Benny Lewis Fluent in 3 months (Benny Lewis's website) Wisecrack Jake Paul Martin's personal website Tom's personal website Tobey Maguire The Ultimate Networking Guide for Introverts Charisma on Command YouTube channel 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: 0:00:25 - Working at home and renting offices 0:04:54 - How isolation affects your social skills 0:07:00 - Becoming more socially confident 0:13:46 - Improving your enunciation 0:19:07 - Grooming, personal identity and self-confidence 0:31:07 - Being more serious and open about your interests 0:34:45 - Reasons for today's amount of isolation and depression 0:36:59 - Don't always hang out in big groups and build deeper friendships 0:42:00 - Socializing without your friends 0:47:27 - Approaching people with the 3-second rule and meeting celebrities 0:53:00 - Starting conversations by showing interest in people 0:57:33 - Having a hobby that might be perceived as weird 1:11:47 - Learning how to listen and reaching out to people you admire 1:22:48 - Don't try to be the greatest at everything you do 1:25:27 - 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!

What Are the Alternatives to College? (Ep. 180)
Oct 09 2017 53 mins  
Despite the fact that college is literally in our name, it's not the only pathway to a happy life. We talk a bit about some alternative routes to success. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Standard Deviation Listen Money Matters The Debt Free, One Year College Alternative Adam Braun Pencils of Promise (Adam Braun's website) MissionU 5 Resume Mistakes You Need to Avoid Broke Busted & Disgusted A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt OverDrive (iOS | Android) Codecademy Mike Rowe Profoundly Disconnected (Mike Rowe's website) CNN Money - Community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders CompTIA A+ Microsoft MCSE Cisco CCNA for Routing and Switching Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification How to Test out of College Courses (Ep. 49) Thinkful Course Report App Academy Indeed Indeed - What Do Employers Really Think About Coding Bootcamps? Skillshare (iOS | Android) Udemy (iOS | Android) Coursera (iOS | Android) How To Make Community College An Ivy League Experience (Ep. 46) 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: 0:01:41 - A good alternative to college and to get career education 0:11:22 - Definition and costs of trade schools and community colleges 0:19:00 - Becoming a well-rounded person and learning by yourself 0:24:23 - Vocational schools and more "hands on" professions 0:31:33 - Opting for online certifications 0:35:34 - Testing out of classes in college 0:37:31 - Learning skills through coding bootcamps 0:44:33 - Free alternatives to coding bootcamps and landing a job 0:46:41 - Going to community college first and transferring credits 0:50:47 - 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: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Rewards, Alarm Clocks and Social Media (Ep. 179)
Oct 02 2017 46 mins  
Here we go once again with the email. In this 5 questions episode, we talk about social media, the overjustification effect, and alarms. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: 5 Questions: Early Networking, Cold Showers, and Morning Routines (Ep. 173) The College Info Geek Community Cal Newport Deep Work, by Cal Newport Thomas and Martin on LinkedIn Evernote Facebook News Feed Eradicator for Facebook (Chrome) Tom's Focus app College Info Geek on Facebook Powlyglot Primitive Technology on YouTube College Info Geek on LinkedIn CPG Grey on YouTube CGP Grey's website CGP Grey's Royal Family video Overjustification Effect Beeminder (iOS | Android) Couch to 5K (iOS | Android) Fitocracy (iOS | Android) Strava (iOS | Android) Circadian Rhythm How to Get to Bed on Time and Stop Losing Sleep The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124) sleepyti.me Sleep Cycle alarm clock (iOS | Android) How to Wake Up Early and Make It a Habit WebTalentMarketing - How to Change Your Name and Preserve Your SEO How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177) 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: 0:03:09 - How to submit questions for the podcast 0:04:06 - Benefits and setbacks of using social media 0:17:28 - How external rewards can boost or destroy your motivation 0:23:15 - Deciding when and how to fall asleep or wake up 0:26:34 - Explaining sleep cycles 0:31:16 - Changing your last name when you’ve already established a presence 0:37:12 - Managing productivity and a romantic relationship 0:44:40 - 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 Go from Merely Good to Truly Great (Ep. 178)
Sep 25 2017 66 mins  
Some companies are born great, but for those that aren't, what does it take to cross the threshold? We talk about "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Good to Great, by James Collins Essentialism, by Greg McKeown How to Learn Faster with the Feynman Technique (Example Included) James C. Collins Alan Wurtzel Good to Great to Gone, by Alan Wurtzel Jim Stockdale Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Essential Books for Students 10 Books EVERY Student Should Read - 2017 Book Recommendations The Fortune 500 list Elon Musk Jeff Bezos Jack Welch Harry S. Truman Khan Academy Salman Khan Walgreens Mint Tom’s guest post on Nerd Fitness Tom’s guest video on How To Adult Sam Walton AlphaM on YouTube FreshBooks Slack Linus Tech Tips on YouTube Jim Henson: The Biography, by Brian Jones 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: 0:01:19 - What is “Good to Great” about? 0:06:21 - How to measure and classify companies as great 0:12:58 - How to properly manage a company 0:18:28 - Several “levels” of leaders and easing other people’s work 0:22:16 - Giving credit where its due without being too humble 0:27:39 - Choosing an area to pursue with the hedgehog concept 0:34:11 - The Stockdale paradox and confronting harsh realities 0:38:19 - Getting feedback as soon as possible 0:41:30 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Working as a freelancer) 0:44:07 - Building momentum with the flywheel concept 0:52:56 - Using the right technologies 1:00:49 - Letting the fruits of your labors speak for themselves 1:03:24 - 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!

How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177)
Sep 18 2017 83 mins  
If there's one thing the majority of humans agree on, it's that dating other humans is pretty cool. We talk about the mystic art of managing a relationship. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: History of Our World podcast Disasterpeace's 'Fez' soundtrack 10 Essential Life Skills That Every Student Should Have (Ep. 175) Powlyglot Tinder (iOS) Tinder (Android) Philosophy and Love and Stuff (Ep. 107) Making Friends And Connections As An Introvert (Ep. 47) The Friends Game (Trello system) Real Men Real Style YouTube channel Intercom Patreon The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm Storyblocks 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: 0:01:59 - Tom and Martin’s relationship stories 0:09:51 - Meeting people and finding a significant other 0:15:36 - Improving yourself to become more attractive 0:19:53 - Having a partner who motivates you to better yourself 0:25:40 - Living as a unit, but without being completely dependent 0:32:38 - Sponsor: StoryBlocks (Graphic design assets) 0:37:00 - Noticing and fixing relationship flaws and scheduling stuff 0:41:40 - Keeping in touch with people 0:48:37 - Not having the same drive or interests as your significant other 0:56:11 - Offering emotional support instead of immediately finding a solution 0:59:24 - Different relationship dynamics 1:02:01 - The need for honest and frequent communication 1:18:09 - Being consistently thoughtful to your partner 1:21:31 - 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 Actually Use Productivity Tips and Improve Your Life (Ep. 176)
Sep 11 2017 64 mins  
Gurus, gurus, everywhere, but not a spot to think. We talk about how to sort through productivity advice, so you can actually use it. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Strava (iOS | Android) Goodreads (iOS | Android) The Tim Ferriss Show Nate Hills’ YouTube channel OkDork (Noah Kagan’s website) Tom’s Essential Books list Beeminder (iOS | Android) Tom’s Impossible List James Clear article about avoiding the “second mistake” Habitica (iOS | Android) Martin’s workout app (iOS | Android) Couch to 5K app (iOS | Android) FreshBooks 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: 0:02:25 - Putting productivity tips into practice 0:03:33 - Drinking tea and good old mold 0:05:28 - The 3 stages of skill building and how they affect your progress 0:09:38 - Don’t tell others about your goals 0:11:01 - Prioritizing specific problems, interests and activities 0:15:38 - Structuring and optimizing certain aspects of your life 0:23:05 - Taking into account all the optimizable variables of your system 0:28:46 - Sponsor: FreshBooks (Working as a freelancer) 0:31:49 - Building habits slowly and consistently 0:38:16 - Using external motivators to make sure you do stuff 0:43:25 - Knowing yourself and not taking people’s advice at face value 0:51:00 - Handling possible failures in your habit building 0:55:20 - Following someone else’s advice when you’re clueless 0:57:18 - Reviewing your progress on the goals you’ve set 0:58:42 - 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!

10 Essential Life Skills That Every Student Should Have (Ep. 175)
Sep 04 2017 90 mins  
We once promised an episode on life skills, and here it is. These ten skills will give you the foundation you need to tackle almost anything. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Listen Money Matters How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) OkDork (Noah Kagan’s website) 8 Habits of Highly Successful Students Use The Corson Technique When Asking Professors For Help The Ultimate Networking Guide for Introverts Collegetopia - How to Approach Anyone with the 3 Second Rule The Art of Manliness How to Learn Any Skill in Under 20 Hours Google Calendar (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: 0:01:39 - Starting and keeping a conversation going 0:09:26 - Bringing friends into conversations and events 0:13:08 - Showing some interest on the new people you wanna talk with 0:15:06 - Getting better at problem solving 0:20:13 - Learning from your mistakes 0:24:55 - Differentiating and dealing with constructive and poor criticism 0:27:06 - Being able to respect and listen to what others have to say 0:29:03 - Paying attention to body language and avoiding distractions 0:35:36 - Learning how to cook and creating a good cooking environment 0:43:31 - Acquiring DIY (Do It Yourself) skills 0:51:26 - Learning new skills by practicing consistently and taking on challenges 0:57:15 - The 4 steps of "The First 20 Hours" 1:00:40 - Promoting yourself and your interests the right way 1:13:18 - Thinking progressively about your future 1:18:08 - Being a better romantic partner 1:28:04 - 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!

How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174)
Aug 28 2017 86 mins  
Money may be the root of all evil, but it's certainly much easier to do good if you've got it. We talk a bit about budgeting and how we handle our finances. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Mint The Ultimate Guide To Budgeting In College Daily Budget for iOS Daily Budget alternative for Android Tom's net worth tracker Tom's budget modeler Ku Cha House of Tea Listen Money Matters Credit Karma Nerdwallet Nerdwallet - Best College Student Credit Cards of 2017 A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168) How One Recent College Grad Intends to Retire at 40 Mr. Money Mustache 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: 0:00:28 – Some info about the tea 0:02:12 – Defining your financial goals and retiring like Mr. Money Mustache 0:12:44 – Automating payments and finances in general 0:16:50 – Visualizing your finances through the money pipeline analogy 0:18:03 – Filling up the essential money pipeline “buckets” 0:26:57 – Managing the remaining “buckets” based on your personal needs 0:35:15 – Dealing with non-monthly, yet predictable expenses 0:37:43 – Sacrificing fun and happiness in favor of important expenses 0:43:32 – Sponsor: FreshBooks (Working as a freelancer) 0:46:17 – Martin’s budgeting method 0:55:08 – Keeping track of expenses and more on trading happiness for money 1:06:32 – Tips and benefits of using credit cards 1:15:55 – Being a deadbeat vs having a lot of credit card debt 1:22:36 – 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 Fiction and Why We Read It (Ep. 169)
Jul 24 2017 73 mins  
We talk a lot about nonfiction, but is that all we read? We go over why fiction's worth taking seriously, along with a few of our favorite books. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Tom's Books: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by Eliezer Yudkowsky Martin's Books: The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures, by Gene Yang, Michael DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko (also see The Promise, which takes place after the series) Other links: Tom on Goodreads Martin on Goodreads Crash Course Tom's Impossible List How Ben Franklin Structured His Day The Procrastination Equation: An In-Depth Breakdown (Ep. 167) How to Make Consistent Progress on Your Goals (Even If You're Lazy) Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl Buffer - The Surprising Power of Reading Fiction Cuckoo's Egg, by Clifford Stoll Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, by Gabriel García-Márquez (Spanish version) How to Remember More of What You Learn with Spaced Repetition 9 Life-Changing Books (Ep. 96) Neuromancer, by William Gibson The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168) Listen Money Matters Cryptonomicon Tom's Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books! The Name of the Wind, and The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss Rogues, by George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, and more (the anthology with a story about one of the characters from The Kingkiller Chronicle) Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson Marvel Unlimited Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson The Metropolitan Man, by Alexander Wales 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. 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 Start Freelancing and Land Your First Client (Ep. 164)
Jun 19 2017 74 mins  
In this episode, we talk about what it takes to enter the entrepreneurial world of freelancing. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The Ultimate Study Music Playlist How We Learn, by Benedict Carey Yousician Location Independence: How to Make Money While Traveling the World GIMP Trello Salary Negotiation and Student Loan Payoff Tactics (Ep. 38) Listen Money Matters - How To Negotiate With Skill, Not Force Listen Money Matters - Fearless Salary Negotiation Tips With Josh Doody In-Depth Salary Negotiation Tactics (Ep. 52) The Ultimate Guide to Freelancing in College Dropbox Backblaze How to Build a Freelance Career as a Student iTalki Radiant Web Design V1 Radient Web Design V2 Jessica Hische Moo (where I get my business cards!) Behance LinkedIn The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website Tuts+ - The Ultimate Guide to Implementing Facebook Comments on Your Blog Shake The Oatmeal - How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell Clients from Hell How to Become a Professional Speaker with Grant Baldwin (Ep. 22) FreshBooks 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. 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 Productivity Project (Ep. 155)
Apr 17 2017 51 mins  
In this episode, we go over 6 lessons we took from The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey 5 Lessons I Learned from “The Productivity Project” by Chris Bailey The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Productivity (Ep. 59) The Worst Thing You Can Do for Your Productivity (Ep. 91) The College Info Geek Podcast on YouTube Cortex Hello Internet Getting Things Done, by David Allen Eat That Frog!, by Brian Tracy The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg The Personal MBA, by Josh Kaufman How to Find Your Biological Prime Time Episode talking about chronotypes How to Solve the "I Wake Up With No Motivation" Problem Getting Results the Agile Way, by J.D. Meier Deep Work, by Cal Newport What We Learned from Reading “Deep Work” (Ep. 140) Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, by Timothy Pychyl Roost laptop stand Beeminder Cold Turkey Writer The Big Short, by Michael Lewis Tom's reading challenge The College Info Geek Resources Page 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. 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 Build a YouTube Channel (Ep. 134)
Nov 21 2016 61 mins  
In this episode, we talk about how to start your own YouTube channel. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: How to Start Your Own Podcast (Ep. 133 How to Produce High Quality Videos for Under $1,000 Fizzle Lynda.com Thomas Frank - Video Production Shortcuts - How to Make Great Videos in Less Time (from FinCon) How To Actually Stop Wasting Time On The Internet Cold Turkey Writer: An App that Forces You to Write by Blocking All Distractions Sony NEX-5N Sony Alpha a6000 Bokeh Wistia Wistia DIY Lighting A 4-Step Process For Making Every Day Productive Caddicarus on YouTube JonTronShow on YouTube SpaceHamsterGames on YouTube Is College Worth It? Use The Tony Hawk Method To Find Out How To Use Habitica (Formerly HabitRPG) To Build Strong Habits And Hack Your Motivation Stop Saying, “I Don’t Feel Like It.” Sean McCabe video that mentions audio vs video quality Jenny Nicholson - Suicide Squad Sales Pitch Aperture DJI Osmo Handheld Camera AlphaMconsulting on YouTube Canon 70D Aperture of the human eye Cheap podcasting microphone Royal Voice Lavalier Microphone Philip DeFranco on YouTube Adobe Premiere Pro Final Cut Pro HitFilm Express Video we filmed with DJI Osmo The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study CoSchedule Headline Analyzer Tom's front page on YouTube Tom's Making Videos playlist on YouTube So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125) How to Start Your Own Podcast (Ep. 133) How to Become a Published Author (Ep. 102) 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. 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 Start Your Own Podcast (Ep. 133)
Nov 14 2016 52 mins  
In this episode we talk about what it takes to create and launch your own podcast. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Tom on Snapchat Martin on Twitter So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125) Magnetic Memory Method Podcast 9 Life-Changing Books (Ep. 96) Deep Work: How to Focus and Resist Distractions (Ep. 100) From College To Successful Startup With Leo Widrich from Buffer (Ep. 2) The Art Of Promoting Yourself (Ep. 4) A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (Ep. 75) Pocket Casts Hardcore History Cortex Hello Internet Gilmore Guys Jimquisition Giant Bombcast Listen Money Matters Criminal Serial 99% Invisible The Truth Welcome to Night Vale Philosophy and Love and Stuff (Ep. 107) What It Takes to Open a Coffee Shop (Ep. 114) Skill Building, Project Planning, and DIY (Ep. 123) Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone Rode NTG4 Plus Shotgun Microphone Mackie PROFX8V2 Mixer Adobe Audition Simplecast Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB Dynamic Microphone Blue Yeti Opinion Podcasting Mobile Podcaster Audacity Logic Pro Our roommate Quinton's podcast, Otaku Fight Night Libsyn PodBean SoundCloud Audio Diffusion Foam Pamela Call Recorder Ecamm Call Recorder How to Setup a Mix Minus for Recording Skype The Obstacle Is the Way, by Ryan Holiday Please, Please, For the Love of God: Do Not Start a Podcast PowerPress Pat's Complete Step-by-Step Podcasting Tutorial The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website fiverr How to Podcast: The Ultimate Guide to Podcasting 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. 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 Land Your Dream Internship (Ep. 129)
Oct 17 2016 69 mins  
Author Tam Pham talks about what it takes to get the internship you've always wanted. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: 97 Actions You Should Take to Become THE Person Companies Want to Hire How to Network, by Tam Pham How to Land Your Dream Internship, by Tam Pham Confessions of a Recruiting Director, by Brad Karsh TamPham.co Tam Pham on Twitter Resources and Tools for Students Tam's podcast episode spiritually featuring Thomas Tam's podcast episode aurally featuring Thomas Outside of the Classroom Podcast Mixergy Lynda.com Monster CareerBuilder Email Hunter (now just Hunter) Clearbit CRM (Customer Relationship Management) WayUp Intercom Airtable Accompany Charlie App Personal Spreadsheet CRM Hustling, Connecting, and Winning with Gary Vaynerchuk (Ep. 8) I Will Teach You to Be Rich Adam Ruins Everything - Why Most Interships Are Actually Illegal Recession Proof Graduate, by Charlie Hoehn WhoWorks.At Chrome Extension (which doesn't exist anymore) I Want to Fly with Hippos How to Stand Out If You Have a Low GPA (Ep. 116) World Domination Summit Four Percent Rule Listen Money Matters 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. 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: Motivation Management, Sketchy Websites, and Why We Read Nonfiction (Ep. 127)
Oct 03 2016 65 mins  
In this episode, we talk about whether you should read nonfiction, which sites you can trust when doing research, and how to bounce back after losing focus. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Orthoptera Ornithopter The College Info Geek Community Volatyl Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban: Why It's The Best Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, by John McWhorter Blinkist Good to Great, by Jim Collins Deep Work, by Cal Newport The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg The Science Behind How Fast Humans Can Read Elizabeth Schotter's 31 page research article on speed reading Philosophy and Love and Stuff (Ep. 107) The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124) Philips sunrise alarm clock Can Music Be Designed to Enhance Your Brain’s Performance? Brain.fm Good Calories, Bad Calories The American Dollar - Signaling Through The Flames Ultimate Study Music Playlist Tom's reading challenge The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss (but read The Name of the Wind first) Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool Neal Stephenson books The Motivation Hacker, by Nick Winter Beeminder FinCon Productivity Hacks with My Friend Mike Vardy of Productivityist (Ep. 39) Pendulum 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. 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!



Self-Awareness: A Crucial Skill for Finding Work You Love (Ep. 126)
Sep 26 2016 67 mins  
Stephen Warley talks about his career path, entrepreneurship, and the benefits of self-awareness. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Want to learn about yourself? Sign up here to get 12 weeks of self-assessment challenges. Life Skills That Matter UnStuckable Jedi Councils – No Star Wars Spoilers, I Promise (Ep. 89) Collegetopia Asian Efficiency Getting More Done In Less Time (Ep. 28) A Debate on Speed Reading (Ep. 74) 5 Questions: Most Valuable Life Skills, Class Selection Strategy, & Switching Majors (Ep. 118) College Info Geek Community on Reddit What Is Self-Awareness? Your Two Minds Everything You Need to Learn About Yourself Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, by Rick Hanson The ever-worsening curse of the cog Networking Fundamentals, by Colin Wright 95% of Post-Recession Jobs Went to College Educated: Study Stephen's career story College Info Geek T-Shirt 10 Life Skills That Matter How To Learn About Yourself Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Test Anxiety Cures: At Least 13 Tips on Reducing Exam Stress What's holding you back from working for yourself? Stephen Warley on Twitter 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. 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!

So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125)
Sep 20 2016 72 mins  
In this episode, we talk about the benefits, challenges, and logistics of starting your own blog. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Chankonabe WordPress.org WordPress.com Squarespace Tumblr Powlyglot 5 Questions: Unambitious Friends, Money Saving Strategies, & the Pomodoro Technique (Ep. 122) DELE Spanish certification CELTA English teaching certification Dunning–Kruger effect Imposter syndrome HackCollege Lifehacker Collegetopia WayBackMachine NerdFitness Fluent Forever, by Gabriel Wyner Influent Martin's first post on College Info Geek IWantToFlyWithHippos.com How to Stand Out If You Have a Low GPA (Ep. 116) Volatyl framework for WordPress Behance Amazon Associates program College Packing Guide Smart Passive Income uBlock Origin Chrome extension uBlock Origin Firefox add-on Social Blade Speaking Page 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (while studying less), by Thomas Frank CreateSpace Listen Money Matters DIY Hanging Desk Increases Floor Space, Is Perfect For College Dorms Self Stairway C. G. P. Grey The Equal-Odds Rule: Massive Effort, Occasional Success 42 College Tips I Learned Freshman Year Mark Manson James Altucher Impossible The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124) Getting More Done In Less Time (Ep. 28) 5 Lessons I Learned from “The Productivity Project” by Chris Bailey The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Productivity (Ep. 59) The Worst Thing You Can Do for Your Productivity (Ep. 91) 14 Hard-Hitting Reasons Why You Must Start A Blog In College The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website The Complete, Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Successful Blog Philip DeFranco on Youtube Productive Summers: How to Make the Most of a School Break Skill Building, Project Planning, and DIY (Ep. 123) 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. 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: Unambitious Friends, Money Saving Strategies, & the Pomodoro Technique (Ep. 122)
Aug 30 2016 63 mins  
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about whether your friends are ruining your productivity, how to manage savings goals, and how to choose a direction for your personal brand. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Portia spider The Pomodoro Technique Tomighty Heli Attack 2 The Procrastination Equation, by Dr. Steel Piers Procrastination Equation article on LessWrong 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by Thomas Frank Jedi Councils – No Star Wars Spoilers, I Promise (Ep. 89) Stress Strategy: How to Use Stress to Your Advantage (Ep. 119) The Happiness Equation, by Neil Pasricha The Happiness Equation (Ep. 117) Mint Protect Your Savings with a Spending Firewall Budgeting Guide Betterment Listen Money Matters Podcast Starting a Franchise with Laura Novak Little Nest Portraits Photography courses on udemy Photography courses on Lynda.com Stuck In Customs Photography courses on Stuck In Customs World Domination Summit The Fizzle Show Nerd Fitness Smart Passive Income Marques Brownlee on YouTube Marques Brownlee on Twitter The Complete, Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Successful Blog The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website Fizzle 5 week free trial Precision Dance Pads 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. 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!



Stress Strategy: How to Use Stress to Your Advantage (Ep. 119)
Aug 04 2016 87 mins  
In this episode, we talk about how to take advantage of the good stress in our lives along with how to crush, kill, and destroy the bad stress. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The Smart Passive Income Blog with Pat Flynn Does the perception that stress affects health matter? The association with health and mortality. How Exercise Improves Your Brain (Ep. 105) Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia | TED-Ed How stress affects your body - Sharon Horesh Bergquist | TED-Ed Tips for Managing School Stress - ft. Study With Jess - YouTube Hardcore History 50 – Blueprint for Armageddon I - Dan Carlin Writing about worries eases anxiety and improves test performance - UChicago News Test Anxiety Cures: At Least 13 Tips on Reducing Exam Stress Productive Summers: How to Make the Most of a … - College Info Geek The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Dr. Amit Sood The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff Photographer and Bear A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) Are You Breathing? Do You Have Email Apnea? Goal: No Drinking for 30 Days The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha The Happiness Equation (Ep. 117) A Student Asks Me About Toaster Ovens. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin 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. 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 Happiness Equation (Ep. 117)
Jul 18 2016 57 mins  
Author Neil Pasricha talks about what it takes to live a happy life. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Productivity (with Chris Bailey) The Worst Thing You Can Do for Your Productivity (with Chris Bailey) Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of Awesome The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha The Book of (Holiday) Awesome by Neil Pasricha Awesome Is Everywhere by Neil Pasricha The Journal of Awesome by Neil Pasricha Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb 1000awesomethings.com Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman Derek Sivers: No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown Paul Graham: Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule Hacker News Y Combinator Hacker News: Best Books You Read in 2012 Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky Eliezer Yudkowsky: An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem Headspace The Guardian: Top Five Regrets of the Dying [email protected] Neil on Twitter The Institute for Global Happiness 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. 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 Path to College, Pt. 2: Paying for It (Ep. 110)
May 31 2016 106 mins  
Loans, scholarships, grants, the FAFSA... paying for college can be complicated. This episode goes over all the details, as well as how to make it cheaper. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Sunk cost fallacy Listen Money Matters (my other podcast) Do Elite Colleges Lead to Higher Salaries? Only for Some Professions Community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders 39 Ways to Cut the Cost of College ISU's monthly payment plan option FAFSA FAFSA Income Estimator What you need for the FAFSA FSA ID Are you independent or dependent on the FAFSA? Perkins vs. Stafford loan How To Win Scholarships (Ep. 34) FastWeb Scholarships.com BigFuture by The College Board Cappex - looking for Zinch? Looks like it got bought by Chegg, and is no more. Sorry! Confessions of a Scholarship Winner The True Cost of Student Loans Vsauce number video Bankrupting student loans with credit cards? Peace corp and student loans Deferring student loans Income-driven repayment plans Direct loan consolidation Sofi - student loan consolidation Parents: Think Hard Before Borrowing for, With Your Student Finding a Part-Time Job in College (Ep. 67) 529 College Savings Plans 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. 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!

















Quitting Your Job to Work for Yourself (Ep. 95)
Feb 09 2016 82 mins  
So you want to quit your job: maybe you've got a business idea, maybe you want to freelance, or maybe you just hate it and don't really have a plan. How do you go about it? How much do you need in savings? Today's episode is all about that. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: DIY Video Guy Caleb Wojcik Films Caleb's YouTube channel Connect with Caleb on Twitter My interview on the DIY Video Guy podcast - earning 150,000 YouTube subscribers in a year The Fizzle Show Smart Passive Income Startup Podcast (listen from the beginning - I loved Season 1. Season 2 is unrelated and of lower quality IMO) The Personal MBA - one of my essential books for students The Dip What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up? Virtual Freedom Chris Guillebeau Gear Doesn't Matter Casey Neistat - Maxing out credit card Stop Trying to Find Your Passion Jetpack Joyride Helicopter game (procrastination warning) Health Insurance fee Dustin Hoffman - Acting Masterclass Social Network soundtrack Can Music Help You Study More Effectively? Team Crispy MKBHD Unbox Therapy Amy Schmittauer 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. 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 Reader Questions! Heavy Course Loads, Scholarships, And Networking (Ep. 37)
Nov 10 2014 65 mins  
You've got college questions, we've got stupid banter and (sometimes) insightful answers. On this reader Q&A episode, we discuss how to deal with a 21 credits in a semester, finding scholarships, networking with professors, personal websites, and more. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Wunderlist Trello "Intellectual Combat" Episode 17 - Networking the Smart Way My friend Bud's excellent guest post on networking Networking Fundamentals by Colin Wright Episode 34 - How to win scholarships Confessions of a Scholarship Winner by Kristina Ellis Info for Veterans/Students in Military Service Veterans Day is this week, and we've joined several other fantastic podcasts to honor it with the Voices for Vets project. If you're a veteran or are currently a member of the armed forces - thank you for your service. Seriously. This episode is dedicated to you. With that in mind, I've also gone out and found several information sources that may help you with your education goals! For Veterans: Paying for College - good overview of veterans' benefits and financial aid options GI Bill details FinAid's Veterans' Benefits page Most schools also have a page on their site for veterans' options - most of my search options were these types of pages when I was doing research. So search "your college + veterans" to find out what your college choices offer! 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. 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 “Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice With Cal Newport (Ep. 35)
Oct 27 2014 64 mins  
Cal Newport, author of the Study Hacks blog and best-selling books like So Good They Can't Ignore You, talks with me about the importance of building skills over "finding your passion," choosing a major, and building deep habits. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Study Hacks - Cal's blog on pursuing deep work habits. Has an amazing backlog of student-focused posts as well. (Ryan, the med student from episode 26, cited Cal's Four Weeks to a 4.0 series as the inspiration for his study system) So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal's latest book, which focuses on why building skills is much more important than trying to find your passion How to Win at College - One of the first college success books I ever read. It influenced a lot of the decisions I made early in my college career. How to be a High School Superstar - The book that explores Cal's discovery of why the highest performers are often the most relaxed. How to Become a Straight-A Student - Cal's advice on planning, studying, learning quickly, acing exams, and writing great papers. Bryan Caplan's Signaling Model of Education 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. 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 Beauty Of Travel Hacking With Travis Sherry of Extra Pack of Peanuts (Ep. 13)
Sep 10 2013 73 mins  
You probably already want to travel - but how about flying to a new country for just $5? In this episode, I talk with travel hacker Travis Sherry to find out just how to do it. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Weekly College Q&A + Live Gaming Stream (first episode here) - still working on this, but I think it's gonna be fun Extra Pack of Peanuts - learn more about travel hacking Pictures from my trip to Japan FlyerTalk - the ultimate (but very complicated) resource on travel hacking WikiTravel - great site for getting info on any destination Kayak - my favorite site for booking flights. Use the price alert feature. How a College Student with a Small Income can Get Approved for the Best Travel Credit Cards How a College Student Making $6,000/year was Able to Get Approved for the Best Travel Cards (specific case study) How Opening Credit Cards Affects Your Credit Score How to Use Amazon Payments to Meet Minimum Spend Requirements Amazon Payments FAQ 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. 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!

7 Essential Tips For Surviving Freshman Year (Ep. 12)
Aug 27 2013 47 mins  
If you're a freshman this year, you need to listen to these essential tips on surviving (and dominating) your first year. Also useful to non-freshmen as well. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Dropbox - cloud sync for all your files (use this) Evernote - best note-taking app ever AdBlock - blocks ads Web of Trust - tells you if websites are unsafe to visit Google Calendar - my default calendar app Fantastical - great calendar app for iOS and Mac. Works with Google Calendar through iCal. Wunderlist - Wonderful (hah) to-do app Building a Personal Brand You Can Be Proud Of The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website 5 Things You Can Do Today to Make Yourself 2 Billion Percent More Hirable 14 Hard-Hitting Reasons You Must Start a Blog in College How to Make Great-Looking Business Cards My Impossible List - (all my current goals) How to Learn More Outside of Class Than You Could Ever Learn Inside It - the guide on self-education I mentioned NerdFitness ImpossibleHQ (home of the original Impossible List) Fizzle show episode about teamwork 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. 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 • 2 Ratings

dknr Oct 03 2020
5 years having this podcast as my commuting companion (and now with chores as well!) The show talks about productivity and life in a relatable (most of the times geeky) way and i appreciate that. This show just kept on getting better over the years. I love Tom and Martin's chemistry and how their ways of life enrich it

samyak039 Aug 06 2020
Awesome..!