June 29, 2020
As we approach the end of this podcast and the beginning of our new one, we decided to take an episode to humanize ourselves. Even fools can be productive. 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 Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at — and if you’re one of the first 200 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Find us elsewhere: Thomas on Twitter: Thomas on Instagram: Martin on Instagram: Martin on Twitter: You can 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:
June 15, 2020
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.
June 1, 2020
We talk about Chris Bailey's book, Hyperfocus.
May 18, 2020
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.
May 6, 2020
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.
April 20, 2020
Difficult times often double as chances to do good. We talk about what we can do for our communities while stuck sheltering at home.
April 6, 2020
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.
March 23, 2020
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.
March 9, 2020
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about interruptions, blogging, social media bios, reading positions, and what to do when hobbies feel hard.
February 18, 2020
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.
February 10, 2020
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.
January 27, 2020
We talk about how to shift over to a new career, along with the shifts we've made in our own work.
January 16, 2020
We talk about the benefits of self-awareness, along with some ideas to try to notice and understand yourself better.
December 30, 2019
January is almost here, and that means it's time to look back one last time at all we've done this year.
December 23, 2019
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about keeping motivation, working with a significant other, giving feedback, delegating, and learning to relax.
December 9, 2019
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.
November 25, 2019
We talk about Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism and how we can have a healthier relationship with technology.
November 11, 2019
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?
November 4, 2019
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about reading, winter fitness, helping others, schedules, and learning to make something that doesn't suck.
October 28, 2019
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.
October 21, 2019
We talk about our experiences with and thoughts on imposter syndrome.
October 7, 2019
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.
October 1, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about bills, self-improvement, branding, investing, and what it's like to move to a new city.
September 2, 2019
Guest host Anna Ellenberger talks about what it takes to sell your own art at an anime or comic convention and how to choose which ones to go to.
August 19, 2019
Everywhere you look, the world is telling you to follow your passion. But does it need to be your job?
August 5, 2019
Minimalism is all the rage these days. Is it just another fad, or is it worth checking out?
July 29, 2019
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.
July 22, 2019
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.
July 8, 2019
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.
June 24, 2019
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.
June 10, 2019
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.
June 3, 2019
In this week's 5 questions episode, we're talking about habits, cooking, coffee, grades, and the sometimes unsettling sound of silence.
May 27, 2019
Productivity often means needing to do something repetitive or boring. Luckily, video game designers are brilliant at making repetitive things seem fun.
May 20, 2019
It's easy to end the day feeling a bit something wasn't quite right. But the first step to having the perfect day is to figure out what it is.
May 13, 2019
Technology has brought us all closer together than ever before, but something feels off. Are we lonelier than previous generations?
May 6, 2019
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.
April 29, 2019
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.
April 22, 2019
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.
April 15, 2019
When inspiration strikes, everything feels possible. Unfortunately, that feeling seems to leave us as quickly as it arrives. Can we break the cycle?
April 8, 2019
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.
April 1, 2019
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about breaking good habits, dealing with negativity, surviving a quarter-life crisis, and more.
March 25, 2019
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.
March 18, 2019
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?
March 11, 2019
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.
March 4, 2019
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about starting instruments after childhood, remembering old skills, dealing with imposter syndrome at work, and more.
February 25, 2019
After some effort spent reorganizing his digital information system, Thomas finally updates his Evernote setup to keep things manageable.
February 18, 2019
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.
February 11, 2019
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?
February 4, 2019
Lifelong gamer and Nintendo fanboy Martin started this year with the unthinkable: an entire month without video games. We talk about what he learned.
January 28, 2019
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?
January 21, 2019
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?
January 14, 2019
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about recording lectures, getting the most from audiobooks, remembering what you read, and more.
January 7, 2019
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.
December 31, 2018
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.
December 24, 2018
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?
December 17, 2018
In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about budgeting without an income, maintaining a mastermind group, staying productive while depressed, and more.
December 10, 2018
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.
December 3, 2018
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.
November 26, 2018
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.
November 19, 2018
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.
November 12, 2018
In this 5 questions episode, we're talking about breakups, schedules, letters of recommendation, skill-building, and staying consistent with your goals.
November 5, 2018
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.
October 29, 2018
Cash rules everything around me, so I probably shouldn't spend it all. We talk about a few ways to slow down your spending.
October 22, 2018
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.
October 15, 2018
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.
October 8, 2018
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.
October 1, 2018
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.
September 24, 2018
In this 5 questions episode, we talk about our grades, credit cards, being present-minded, working for free, and working while exhausted.
September 17, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
As it turns out, we're not the only podcast out there. Here are ten of Thomas' favorites.
September 3, 2018
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.
August 27, 2018
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.
August 20, 2018
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.
August 13, 2018
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.
August 6, 2018
In this five questions episode, we talk about getting ready for college, starting your own business, building your self-esteem, and more.
July 30, 2018
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.
July 23, 2018
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.
July 16, 2018
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.
July 9, 2018
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?
July 2, 2018
In this five questions episode, we talk about video game addiction, time blocking, 14-hour work days, living off campus, and finding your purpose.
June 25, 2018
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.
June 18, 2018
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.
June 11, 2018
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.
June 4, 2018
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.
May 28, 2018
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.
May 21, 2018
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.
May 14, 2018
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.
May 7, 2018
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.
April 30, 2018
As the school year comes to a close, job season is upon us. We talk about ways to make sure your resume and cover letter are up to par before taking the plunge.
April 23, 2018
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.
April 16, 2018
Are you a tea drinker? If not, maybe it's time to give the second most popular drink on Earth after water a chance. We talk a bit about tea and how we got into it.
April 9, 2018
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.
April 2, 2018
We've decided we want houses, and it turns out we're not alone. But with buying a house being such a huge undertaking, where do we start? We talk about what we've been thinking about so far in our quest to leave the apartment life behind.
March 26, 2018
Feeling ready for finals? We talk through the 12-step exam preparation checklist found in Barbara Oakley's "A Mind for Numbers."
March 19, 2018
Ready for the next level, but not sure how to get there? Maybe you need to find yourself a mentor. We talk about what it means to be a mentor and how to find one.
March 12, 2018
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.
March 5, 2018
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.
February 26, 2018
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.
February 19, 2018
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.
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