5 Questions: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Rewards, Alarm Clocks and Social Media

Here we go once again with the email. For today’s Q & A, episode we’ve taken 5 of your questions from emails, Tweets, comments, and The College Info Geek Community on Reddit, and we’ll be talking a bit about each.

Our questions today are:

  • Do I need social media to succeed in university if I don’t already have it?
  • Do extrinsic rewards kill intrinsic motivation?
  • Should I use an alarm or let my body decide how much sleep I need naturally?
  • How do I future proof a portfolio site and domain name if I plan to get married and change my last name in the future?
  • Can having a boyfriend or girlfriend slow down your activity? Is a relationship more of a benefit or an inconvenience?

If you’ve got a question burning in the back of your mind, let us know — even if we don’t end up with time to answer you personally, we’re always looking for what to talk about next.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • 5 Questions: Early Networking, Cold Showers, and Morning Routines (Ep. 173)
  • The College Info Geek Community
  • Cal Newport
  • , by Cal Newport
  • Thomas and Martin on LinkedIn
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • News Feed Eradicator for Facebook (Chrome)
  • Tom’s Focus app
  • College Info Geek on Facebook
  • Powlyglot
  • Primitive Technology on YouTube
  • College Info Geek on LinkedIn
  • CPG Grey on YouTube
  • CGP Grey’s website
  • CGP Grey’s Royal Family video
  • Overjustification Effect
  • Beeminder (iOS | Android)
  • Couch to 5K (iOS | Android)
  • Fitocracy (iOS | Android)
  • Strava (iOS | Android)
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • How to Get to Bed on Time and Stop Losing Sleep
  • The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124)
  • Sleep Cycle alarm clock (iOS | Android)
  • How to Wake Up Early and Make It a Habit
  • WebTalentMarketing – How to Change Your Name and Preserve Your SEO
  • How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177)

Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.


  • 0:03:09 – How to submit questions for the podcast
  • 0:04:06 – Benefits and setbacks of using social media
  • 0:17:28 – How external rewards can boost or destroy your motivation
  • 0:23:15 – Deciding when and how to fall asleep or wake up
  • 0:26:34 – Explaining sleep cycles
  • 0:31:16 – Changing your last name when you’ve already established a presence
  • 0:37:12 – Managing productivity and a romantic relationship
  • 0:44:40 – Conclusion

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5 Questions: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Rewards, Alarm Clocks and Social Media (Ep. 179)