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5 Questions: Grades, Credit Cards, and Working While Exhausted (Ep. 230)

We’re back again this week with another 5 questions episode, as you may have guessed from the title.

This week, we’ll be conversationally answering these fine questions:

  • How can I balance managing my productivity systems with being in the moment?
  • What were our grades like?
  • How can I work when I’m exhausted?
  • Should I cut up my credit cards?
  • What would you say to a person who asked you if they could work for you, for 1 month, for free?

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  • 0:12:53 – Commuting and overmanaging your productivity systems
  • 0:21:54 – What Thomas and Martin’s grades were like
  • 0:31:50 – Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks)
  • 0:33:56 – Grades shouldn’t be your sole focus
  • 0:40:34 – Working while tired and making sure you rest enough
  • 0:49:52 – Dealing with credit cards and why debt is necessary
  • 1:01:05 – Asking a potential employer to work for free
  • 1:07:37 – Conclusion

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5 Questions: Grades, Credit Cards, and Working While Exhausted