Listen and Learn: The 42 Best Educational Podcasts in 2018

I daresay, my good fellow – you look like you’ve got quite the conundrum on your hands if I do say so myself!

You see, you’re sitting at your computer, reading this blog post and trying to learn something. And of course, that’s all well and good.

But there’s something nagging at the back of your mind, now isn’t there? Some small voice telling you:

“I really should go hit the gym.”

And so you should – but I’ll agree that it’s quite unfortunate you can’t continue reading and learning while you do so.

…or can you?

Alright, you can stop imagining this post being voiced by an elderly British gentleman. If you’re looking for a way to make all that gym time productive for your mind as well as your body, then podcasts are your answer.

In fact, any time you’re doing something less than mentally stimulating – driving, walking to class, doing your laundry – you can probably pop in your headphones and listen to a podcast at the same time.

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How to Stay Hydrated: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Water is a necessary ingredient for human survival – as well as for optimal physical and mental performance.

If you’re reading this, that means you’re alive (unless I’m wrong about zombies), so you’re at least getting the bare minimum. But are you drinking enough?

For years, we’ve been told that we’re all dehydrated, and that if we want our bodies to work properly, we need to drink our 8 glasses a day.

Some have even gone further, stating that 8 glasses isn’t enough, that you should be drinking three or four liters a day. Others say you have to time it right and spread out your water drinking over each hour of the day.

So who’s right? Read More…

How to Automate Your Life (Ep. 194)

When it comes to removing regular tasks and processes from your life, you have four choices: Do, Delegate, Delete, or Automate.

Today, we’re focusing on that last one. In this discussion, Martin and I talk about things we’ve automated in our own lives and share practical tips for identifying automation topics in your own life.

Things mentioned in this episode:

This week’s episode is sponsored by:

  • MissionU – a modern, career-focused approach to higher education. Learn more about MissionU and earn $500 upon completion of its one-year program by visiting MissionU.com/CIG.

Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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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

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Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188)

To meditate properly, you need to be sitting in the full lotus position on top of a mountain just before the sun rises.

As the rays of the celestial body crest the horizon, an eagle will land near you. If this does not happen, you’ve done it wrong and will gain no benefits whatsoever from the meditation. Walk the 17 miles back to your car and try again tomorrow.

Ok, I lied about all that. But seriously, meditation is one of those practices that can seem daunting to get into. There are so many ways to practice it: Vipassana, Zazen, Loving-Kindness, you name it. It’s heavily tied into religion, spirituality, and philosophy.

So where does someone with no meditation experience start? Read More…

How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187)

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have to wake up every day and, like, hunt antelopes to get food.

It’s easy to take for granted the fact that life is pretty easy compared to how our ancestors had it. You name it, they had to deal with it – famines, cholera, saber-toothed helicopter bears… life back then was rough.

One thing they didn’t have to worry about, however, was the ever-present threat of some random attacker hacking their bank account from a dingy basement thousands of miles away.

So, in a way, we’re just as tough as our saber-toothed helicopter bear-fighting ancestors, right? Read More…

How Elon Musk Gets So Much Done: 5 Productivity Lessons

For quite a while now, I’ve been fascinated by Elon Musk’s (as well as his various teams’) ability to accomplish incredibly difficult things – often on a ridiculous schedule.

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Musk is a pretty productive guy. And, as someone who loves digging into the habits of successful, productive people, I recently started to wonder:

What are the habits, practices, and mindsets that drive Elon Musk’s ability to get things done?

Or, in other words – what aspects of the way that Musk works and thinks can we adapt in order to improve our own level of productivity? Read More…

What’s In My Backpack: My 2017 Gear and EDC

A couple of years ago I did one of those What’s In My Backpack videos that all the kids seem to be doing these days.

And despite the fact that my backpack didn’t contain anything truly exciting, like a gateway to a pocket dimension filled with talking hot dogs, or disco ball gloves, people seemed to enjoy it anyway.

Given the response that article received, I figured it was high time to take a renewed look at the gear I’m carrying on a daily basis. Read More…

Why You’re Tired All the Time: How to Have All-Day Energy

You and I both know that the one difference between you and people like J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk isn’t your smarts, isn’t your motivation, and isn’t even your work ethic.

The only difference between you and them is that you’re constantly tired, right? If not for that one teensy little difference, you’d easily be able to crank out a couple chapters of the next great american novel each morning before heading out to fight crime. And lesser tasks – like studying for exams and not subsisting entirely off of Totino’s pizza rolls – would be trivially easy.

But, as it stands, you can’t do those things because you are basically a zombie. Well, maybe not a literal zombie, like in that one episode of Space Dandy – but the similarities are mounting. You feel sluggish, you’ve got bags forming under your eyes, and then there is that inexplicable craving for raw meat…

But, more importantly, you just don’t have the energy to do the things you want to do. So today I want to explore some methods for breaking that cycle of constant tiredness. Read More…

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