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5 Questions: Breakups, Skill-Building, and Sticking to Your Goals (Ep. 237)

Hello again, dear listeners, and welcome to another five questions episode.

For those of you unfamiliar, every so often we search through our emails, social media messages, The College Info Geek Community on Reddit, and anywhere else we can think of to find five questions to answer in a rapid-fire, speed-dating style session.

Here are the questions for this week:

  • How can I stay productive while going through a breakup?
  • I’m applying to grad school, and one of my research advisors agreed to recommend me, but asked that I write my own letter of recommendation. What should I do?
  • If you had flexible working hours, but had to work 40 hours each week, how would you arrange your schedule?
  • How can I compare to people who seem to be good at everything?
  • I use Duolingo to study a foreign language. It’s good, but I’m not consistent with doing it every day. How can I be more consistent?

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  • 0:06:30 – Staying productive while dealing with a break-up
  • 0:20:09 – Writing your own letter of recommendation
  • 0:25:42 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:27:49 – Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name)
  • 0:30:28 – Scheduling your work when you have flexible hours
  • 0:40:32 – Comparing yourself to people who seem to accomplish a lot more than you
  • 0:50:59 – Being consistent while building habits
  • 0:56:56 – Conclusion

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5 Questions: Breakups, Skill-Building, and Sticking to Your Goals