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?
Oh, and for those who’ve been waiting, we’re now on Spotify.
Things mentioned in this episode:
This week’s episode is sponsored by:
Other things we mentioned:
- 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
- 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)
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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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