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5 Questions: Interruptions, Social Media Bios, and Reading Positions (Ep. 290)

Hello again, dear listeners, and welcome to another 5 questions episode.

In these episodes, if it’s not clear by the 36th of them, we take questions from Twitter (Thomas | Martin), Instagram (Thomas | Martin), email, and the College Info Geek Community on Reddit. We then answer them each in rapid-fire succession, speed-dating style.

Here are the questions we’ve chosen this time around:

  • What should you do to try to stay focused when you’re at a job with an open door policy and interruptions are unavoidable?
  • What’s the best position to read in?
  • Do you hardcode all of the posts for CIG, or do you use a blogging platform?
  • How can I write an interesting social media bio?
  • Should I love a new hobby immediately, even if I’m not good at it?

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  • 0:08:30 – Focusing while getting constantly distracted
  • 0:19:01 – The best position to read in
  • 0:27:18 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:30:29 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:33:30 – Content management systems vs developing from the ground up
  • 0:42:03 – Writing an interesting social media bio
  • 0:51:19 – Persevering with hobbies that require skill
  • 1:04:50 – Conclusion

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