5 Questions: Study Music, New Connections, and Winter Productivity (Ep. 201)

If you’ve seen Thomas’ recent video on multitasking, you may be wondering: if I can’t do focus on two things at once, what about music? Does listening to music count as multitasking? Is the study playlist an ironically unproductive trap?

Well, no, it’s not. But there’s more to it than that.

In this 5 questions episode, we’ll cover that question, along with these four:

  • How can I stay productive in winter?
  • How can I connect with someone when we don’t have the same interests?
  • How can I get better at estimating how long tasks will take?
  • How can I keep from feeling guilty and overwhelmed all the time?

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  • 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

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5 Questions: Study Music, New Connections, and Winter Productivity

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