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5 Questions: Motivation, Delegation, and Learning How to Relax (Ep. 284)

The time has yet again come for another 5 questions episode.

For any new listeners out there, that means we’ve taken 5 questions from The College Info Geek Community on Reddit, our Instagram (Thomas | Martin) or Twitter (Thomas | Martin) accounts, email, or anywhere else we might receive them.

Here are the questions were answering this week:

  • How can I keep my motivation for personal goals when my job demotivates me?
  • How can I work near my significant other without being distracted?
  • How can I give feedback to someone sensitive to criticism?
  • Do you have any advice on recruiting a team, what roles and responsibilities to delegate, or any other mistakes or best practices?
  • How can I find hobbies or other things to help me wind down when I’m not being productive?

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:03:18 – Improving your work mood
  • 0:11:47 – Working next to your significant other
  • 0:17:56 – Giving out criticism
  • 0:23:54 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:25:44 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:27:52 – Giving out criticism (continued)
  • 0:31:01 – Expanding your business by hiring new people
  • 0:44:16 – Winding down through hobbies
  • 0:53:33 – Conclusion

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