How to Tame Your Email and Reach Inbox Zero

Your email inbox is out of control, even though it feels like all you do is answer emails.

You’re not alone in feeling this way. According to a report from McKinsey, the average knowledge worker spends around 28% of the workweek reading and answering email.

This is an absurd amount of time to spend on something that stresses you out while also creating little of value.

So let’s fix it. Here’s how to quickly get through all of your email (also known as “inbox zero”) so that you can spend your time on more useful pursuits. read more

5 Questions: Keeping Track of Bills, Coasting, and Moving to a New City (Ep. 275)

Oh, hey there. We’re back with another 5 questions episode.

Every once in a while, we take five questions from social media, the College Info Geek community on Reddit, and email. Then, we talk a bit about each question and hopefully come up with some answers.

Here are today’s questions:

  • How do you keep track of bills?
  • Is it okay to coast?
  • How do people succeed at more than one type of thing at once? Aren’t they going against their niche?
  • How do I start investing?
  • Should I move to a new city? What was your experience moving to Colorado?

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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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

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Should You Go to Medical School? Here’s How to Decide

Are you considering becoming a doctor? Perhaps you grew up in a household with doctors, and medicine called to you. Or maybe you didn’t grow up around anyone in the healthcare profession, but were told you had the aptitude for science and altruistic spirit to make a great doctor.

Whether you’ve always imagined yourself in a white coat, or are just beginning to consider the possibility of applying to medical school, it’s crucial that you do some serious reflection to ensure the medical path is right for you. read more

The 10 Best Habit Tracking Apps in 2019

Building good habits (and breaking bad ones) is hard. It requires you to fundamentally reshape your behavior, to resist your natural patterns.

To make the process easier, we recommend using a habit tracking app.

Habit tracking apps work because they give you a visual representation of your progress. You get to see all the times you’ve done the habit lined up as an unbroken chain. Once you can see your progress, you’re much less likely to skip the habit.

The problem with habit trackers, however, is that there are hundreds of them. And not all of those apps are worth your time. read more

Want to Be More Organized? Do These 9 Things

It’s easy to assume that some people are born organized, while others are disorganized.

And sure, while some people may be naturally more organized than others, that doesn’t mean you’re destined to be disorganized. You can become an organized person with practice and intention.

But what makes an organized person?

There are many things, but we think there are nine that are especially important. If you start doing the nine things on this list (or even a few of them), you’ll be on your way to becoming an organized person. read more

How to Make Money Selling Art at Comic Conventions (Ep. 274)

Have you ever been to an anime or comic convention?

If so, you’ll likely have noticed people running artist booths to sell their own art or other creations.

In today’s episode I’ve swapped out with artist Anna Ellenberger so she can talk about what’s it like and what it takes to be one of these artists.

If you’ve ever wanted to sell your art in any capacity, you’ll likely find something useful here, so get a note-taking device ready and open your mind for some fresh inspiration. read more

8 Techniques for Building Unshakable Self-Discipline

If I just had more self-discipline, everything would be easier.

I’d exercise every day, never eat junk food, and wake up at 6 am each morning. I’d never get sucked into YouTube rabbit holes; I’d read a book instead.

At least, that’s what I tell myself.

We think of self-discipline as the key to living a better life, but is this true? And if it is, how can we become more disciplined? That’s what this article examines: what self-discipline is, how it works, and how you can build it.

What Is Self-Discipline?

If you’re going to increase your self-discipline, you first need to understand what self-discipline is. It seems obvious, but I’ve found that many people don’t even have a self-discipline problem. read more

Watch and Learn: The 100+ Best Educational YouTube Channels in 2019

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably use YouTube for listening to music, watching videos of cute animals, or just for procrastinating on homework.

While it is a platform for all of those things, there’s a whole other side to YouTube you may have never considered. YouTube has hundreds of channels that can teach you any subject you could ever think of (as well as dozens you didn’t even know existed).

With hundreds of hours of video uploaded every minute, however, it can be difficult to sort out the helpful, quality channels from the useless ones. read more

How to Move to a New City (From Start to Finish)

In February 2019, I moved from Nashville to Denver. I’d wanted to move here ever since I visited back in March 2017, and now it had finally happened.

It was the first major, permanent move I made after graduating college, and I learned a lot. This got me thinking about how there aren’t any detailed, step-by-step guides about how to move to a new city.

Sure, there are articles on certain topics, but there isn’t a one-stop guide that walks you through the entire process of moving.

So I decided to create one. read more

The Case Against Following Your Passion (Ep. 273)

Everywhere you look, the world is telling you to follow your passion.

But does that mean that your passion has to become your career?

Naturally, it depends a bit on what your passion is. Collecting stamps probably won’t make for a very lucrative career for most people.

On the other hand, whether your interests are able to make you money is only part of the question. If you’re not careful, even a high-paying hobby may have its drawbacks.

This isn’t to tell you you shouldn’t pursue your dream job — just know what you might be getting into before you make the commitment. read more