Deep Questions with Cal Newport podcast

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Cal Newport is a computer science professor and a New York Times bestselling author who writes about the impact of technology on society, and the struggle to work and live deeply in a world increasingly mired in digital distractions. On this podcast, he answers questions from his readers and offers advice about cultivating focus, productivity, and meaning amidst the noise that pervades our lives.

Cal Newport is a computer science professor and a New York Times bestselling author who writes about the impact of technology on society, and the struggle to work and live deeply in a world increasingly mired in digital distractions. On this podcast, he answers questions from his readers and offers advice about cultivating focus, productivity, and meaning amidst the noise that pervades our lives.

 

#310

Ep. 309: Deep Habits

On this show, we often talk about major overhauls to your work and life. In this episode, we go the other way and focus on the small habits that can make a big difference. In more detail, Cal describes eight surprisingly small strategies – four focused on work and four focused on life outside of work – for finding more depth in a distracted world. He then answers listener questions and reacts to a recent article about pushback to calls to limiting social media for kids.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Habits [2:46]- Can I keep my weekly plan in my workingmemory.txt file? [31:13]- Do you experience any pleasure during deep work? [33:39]- How many deep work sessions should I do each working week? [38:23]- How can I prioritize my goals in my personal life? [40:58]- Does the suggestion to “limit daily goals” conflict with time blocking? [44:09] CASE STUDY: Building my career around a desired lifestyle [45:53]CAL REACTS: Countering Pushback to Limiting Social Media for Kids [54:26] Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> ---Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ </a> ---Cal’s monthly book directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?'>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?</a> ---<a href='https://washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/06/27/social-media-warning-label-surgeon-general-counterarguments/'>washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/06/27/social-media-warning-label-surgeon-general-counterarguments/</a> ---<a href='https://english.elpais.com/lifestyle/2024-07-06/cal-newport-the-man-who-never-procrastinates.html '>english.elpais.com/lifestyle/2024-07-06/cal-newport-the-man-who-never-procrastinates.html </a>  Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://grammarly.com/podcast'>grammarly.com/podcast</a> ---<a href='https://cozyearth.com/cal'>cozyearth.com/cal</a> ---<a href='https://mybodytutor.com'>mybodytutor.com</a> ---<a href='https://drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for the slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

15 Jul 2024

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:00

15 Jul 2024


#309

Ep. 308: The Power of the Quiet Mind

One of the trickiest aspects of new technology is that it can sometimes destabilize parts of our lives that we didn’t even realize existed and are important. In this episode, Cal talks about one such idea: the quiet mind. Our constant phone usage is eliminating this critical cognitive state, and by doing so is diminishing our humanity. Cal makes the case for the importance of the quiet mind, and then gives concrete ideas for cultivating it in a distracted world. He also answers questions from listeners and reviews the five books he read in June. Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a> Video from today’s episode: <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a> Deep Dive:  The Power of the Quiet Mind [3:58] - What are the benefits of walking meditation? [29:13] - How can a new dad find time to advance his career? [34:16] - How do I manage a temporary increase in admin responsibilities? [38:48] - How can my son organize his sports and school schedule? [43:31] - How can I do less when my colleagues are getting ahead for doing more? [45:54] - CALL: Pre-scheduling with a pull system [51:14]   CASE STUDY: Collaborating with colleagues to effectively do hard work [57:54] FINAL SEGMENT: The 5 Books Cal Read in June 2024 [1:08:05] Links: Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>calnewport.com/slow</a> Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/'>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/</a> Cal’s monthly book directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?'>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?</a> Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.indeed.com/deep'>indeed.com/deep</a> <a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a> <a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a> <a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for the slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

08 Jul 2024

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:05

08 Jul 2024


#308

Ep. 307: Ultra-Processed Content

Why are we comfortable with the idea that ultra-processed foods are bad for us but feel somehow anti-technology to say something similar about the ultra-processed content generated by social media platforms. In this episode, Cal draws analogy to the food system to find a more sustainable and practical way to repair our relationship with various forms of media. He then answers questions and calls, shares an inspiring case study, and, due to popular request, gives his opinion on Jonathan Haidt’s new book, THE ANXIOUS GENERATION. Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo Video from today’s episode:  youtube.com/calnewportmedia Deep Dive:  Ultra-Processed Content [2:11] - How would Cal update his college books to deal with the modern day technology distractions? [28:38] - How can I introduce more balance into my highly focused life? [34:56] - Is it ok to play Candy Crush while listening to podcasts? [42:23] - How do I find time for deep thinking in a distracted life? [45:26] - How can I work deeper in a shallow pond? [49:48] - CALL: Using extended periods of time to plan [57:36]  CASE STUDY: Making a career change with a safety net [1:00:29] CAL REACTS: The Anxious Generation [1:10:20] Links: Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at www.calnewport.com/slow  Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/  Cal’s monthly book directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51'>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?</a> <a href='https://calnewport.com/on-ultra-processed-content/'>https://calnewport.com/on-ultra-processed-content/</a> Thanks to our Sponsors:  This show is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at <a href='https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions'>https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions</a><a href='https://www.zocdoc.com/deep'>https://www.zocdoc.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.ladder.com/deep'>https://www.ladder.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for the slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

01 Jul 2024

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:52

01 Jul 2024


#307

Ep. 306: Defusing AI Panic

One of the simmering concerns surrounding the current AI revolution is the fear that we might accidentally create an “alien mind” smarter than we expected. In this episode, Cal puts on his Computer Scientist hat and directly addresses this potential by sketching his emerging concept of intentional artificial intelligence (or, iAI for short). He then answers tech-themed questions from listeners and reacts to an article that many, many different people sent to him last week. Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a> Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a> Deep Dive:  Defusing AI Panic [5:23] - Will A.I. agents spread misinformation on a large scale? [46:31] - Is lack of good measurement and evaluation for A.I. systems a major problem? [51:16]   - Is the development of A.I. the biggest thing to happen in technology since the internet? [56:50] - How do I balance a 30 day declutter with my overall technology use? [1:00:40] - How do I convince my team that prioritizing quality over quantity will help them get promotions? [1:07:46] - CALL: Distributed trust models and social media [1:13:12]    CASE STUDY: Using Deep Work and Slow Productivity to engineer a better work situation [1:22:55] CAL REACTS: Employees fired for using “mouse jigglers” [1:32:03] Links: Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ </a> Cal’s monthly book directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51'>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 </a> <a href='https://www.axios.com/2024/06/18/wells-fargo-mouse-jiggler-fired-employee-productivity'>axios.com/2024/06/18/wells-fargo-mouse-jiggler-fired-employee-productivity</a> <a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/24/opinion/yuval-harari-ai-chatgpt.html'>nytimes.com/2023/03/24/opinion/yuval-harari-ai-chatgpt.html</a> <a href='https://arxiv.org/pdf/2303.12712 '>arxiv.org/pdf/2303.12712 </a> Thanks to our Sponsors:  <a href='https://www.moshlife.com/deep'>moshlife.com/deep</a> <a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a> <a href='https://www.grammarly.com/podcast'>grammarly.com/podcast</a> <a href='https://www.rhone.com/cal'>rhone.com/cal</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for the slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

24 Jun 2024

1 HR 42 MINS

1:42:17

24 Jun 2024


#306

Ep. 305: Is Time Blocking Oppressive?

Oliver Burkeman recently noted that time blocking seems oppressive? In this episode, Cal responds to this reaction in a surprising way. He then answers questions from listeners and reacts to this podcast being featured at the recent Apple WWDC event.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive:  Is Time Blocking Oppressive? [2:38]- Can Cal elaborate on his experience with his Acceptance and Commitment therapy? [26:46]- How can I sustain my deep life program? [35:03]- How can I stop my girlfriend from always checking her phone? [38:07]- How long are your time blocks in your planner? [43:07]- How do I obsess over quality with filling into procrastination? [47:07]- CALL: Getting back on track after travel [55:10] CASE STUDY: Adopting principles from Cal’s book to design my life [1:00:11]CAL REACTS: Deep Questions featured at Apple’s WWDC! [1:10:32] Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> ---Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ </a> ---Cal’s monthly book directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 '>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 </a> ---<a href='https://shows.acast.com/farewell/episodes/045-the-reason-you-cant-ever-get-through-your-to-do-list-wit'>shows.acast.com/farewell/episodes/045-the-reason-you-cant-ever-get-through-your-to-do-list-wit</a> ---<a href='https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2024/102/'>developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2024/102/</a>  Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.cozyearth.com/cal'>cozyearth.com/cal</a> ---<a href='https://www.mintmobile.com/deep'>mintmobile.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.policygenius.com/deep'>policygenius.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

17 Jun 2024

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:31

17 Jun 2024


#305

Ep. 304: Seinfeld on The Deep Life

In a recent interview, held to promote his new Netflix movie, Jerry Seinfeld went on a remarkable 10-minute run in which he rattled off one insight after another about deep work, procrastination, and the quest to live an intentional life in a distracted world. In this episode, Cal extracts four key lessons from this segment of Jerry’s interview. He then takes listener questions and ends with a segment in which he apologizes to an internet personality whom he incorrectly associated with the dreaded “hustle culture.”Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive:  Seinfeld on The Deep Life [4:31]- Do I need to practice outside of work to improve my craft? [30:26]- Can I tackle learning goals sequentially? [38:44]- How do I get through “grinding” at work? [43:10]- How can I build my craft to grow my YouTube channel? [49:56]- Can Cal talk about being an assistant professor with young kids? [54:49] CASE STUDY: Using lifestyle-centric career planning to upgrade my job and life [1:00:09]CAL REACTS: James Scholz studies twelve hours a day [1:05:19]Links:Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a>Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ </a><a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXAvkqXD-Fc'>youtube.com/watch?v=TXAvkqXD-Fc</a><a href='https://www.youtube.com/c/jamesscholz'>youtube.com/c/jamesscholz</a> Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.blinkist.com/deep'>blinkist.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.mybodytutor.com'>mybodytutor.com</a><a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

10 Jun 2024

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:08

10 Jun 2024


#304

Ep. 303: The Problem with Grand Goals

The desire to cultivate a more intentional and remarkable existence – what we call “the deep life” – is universal. In today’s episode, Cal talks about one of the most common traps in this pursuit: hoping that the achievement of a singular grand goal will make all parts of your life better. Cal discusses the problems with the grand goal approach and argues why the more systematic lifestyle-centric mindset will not only produce better results, but end up leading to remarkable opportunities anyway. He then takes questions and calls from readers and reviews the five books he read in May.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: How to create a deep life [9:55]- Is it too late to start living deep at the age of 27? [31:29]- Is it possible to cultivate a deep life at a job that requires full attention? [36:05]- How come there are different Deep Life Stacks? [38:57]- How do I cultivate a deep life with small children? [46:40]- Do I need to “limit my missions” if I have a standard day job? [54:40]- CALL: Keeping focus after having children [58:28]CASE STUDY: Finding books to help cultivate a deep life [1:12:18]FINAL SEGMENT: The 5 Books Cal Read in May 2024 [1:22:47]Science and Human Values (J. Bronowski)The Hot Zone (Richard Preston)Extinction (Douglas Preston)When the Shooting Stops…the Cutting Begins (Ralph Rosenbaum and Robert Karen)The Great Partnership (Jonathan Sacks)Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> ---Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ </a>  Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---This show is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at <a href='https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions'>betterhelp.com/deepquestions</a> ---<a href='https://www.zocdoc.com/deep'>zocdoc.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

03 Jun 2024

1 HR 34 MINS

1:34:55

03 Jun 2024


#303

Ep. 302: Re-Enchanting Work

We talk a lot on this show about how to organize and execute your work, but not enough about where to do it. In this episode, Cal explores the theory and practice of “adventure working,” in which you escape to novel and inspiring locations to tackle your most demanding and interesting cognitive efforts. He then answers reader questions about habits and rituals, before ending with a critical look at a famous football club’s distressing embrace of pseudo-productivity.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode: <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Re-Enchanting Work [5:39]- What are Cal’s health habits? [31:12]- What’s the difference between discipline and rituals? [34:08]- How does Cal read so much? [37:37]- What are Cal’s writing-related rituals? [40:44]- Should I go slow in my job hunting? [45:05]- CALL: Working at a natural pace as a teacher [49:47]- CALL:  How to navigate the “pull system” [54:31]CASE STUDY: Organizing files in a household [1:00:57]CAL REACTS: Manchester’s United’s Pseudo-Productivity [1:11:13] Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>calnewport.com/slow </a> ---Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ </a> ---<a href='https://calnewport.com/adventure-studying-an-unconventional-new-approach-to-exam-preperation/'>calnewport.com/adventure-studying-an-unconventional-new-approach-to-exam-preperation/</a> ---<a href='https://calnewport.com/bonus-post-an-adventure-studying-case-study/'>calnewport.com/bonus-post-an-adventure-studying-case-study/</a> ---<a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/B1y5dV3HSC9/?igshid=1r2acwbmfztew'>instagram.com/p/B1y5dV3HSC9/?igshid=1r2acwbmfztew</a> ---<a href='https://apcc.org/pond-stories-mary-olivers-blackwater-pond-provincetown/'>apcc.org/pond-stories-mary-olivers-blackwater-pond-provincetown/</a> ---<a href='https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/scotland-travel/the-black-heart-of-scots-crime-writer-ian-rankin/'>scottishfield.co.uk/scotland-travel/the-black-heart-of-scots-crime-writer-ian-rankin/</a> ---<a href='https://calnewport.com/the-power-of-the-outdoor-office/'>calnewport.com/the-power-of-the-outdoor-office/</a> ---<a href='https://calnewport.com/deep-habits-my-office-in-the-woods/'>calnewport.com/deep-habits-my-office-in-the-woods/</a> ---<a href='https://www.theguardian.com/football/article/2024/may/08/sir-jim-ratcliffe-manchester-united-remote-work-ban-email-traffic'>theguardian.com/football/article/2024/may/08/sir-jim-ratcliffe-manchester-united-remote-work-ban-email-traffic</a> ---<a href='https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/02/hybrid-work-attention-productivity/677598/'>theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/02/hybrid-work-attention-productivity/677598/</a>  Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.blinkist.com/deep'>blinkist.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.listening.com/deep'>listening.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

27 May 2024

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:00

27 May 2024


#302

Ep. 301: Reclaiming Time and Focus (w/ Jordan Harbinger)

In this episode, the proverbial tables are turned, with Cal being interviewed by Jordan Harbinger about time, focus, and the quest for a slower notion of productivity. (This interview originally aired as episode 975 Jordan's can’t-miss podcast, The Jordan Harbinger Show).Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>- INTERVIEW: Cal being interviewed by Jordan Harbinger [1:54]Links:Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at www.calnewport.com/slow Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/  Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.mintmobile.com/deep'>mintmobile.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.grammarly.com/podcast'>grammarly.com/podcast</a><a href='https://www.landroverusa.com/defender'>landroverusa.com/defender</a><a href='https://www.rhone.com/cal'>rhone.com/cal</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

20 May 2024

1 HR 35 MINS

1:35:54

20 May 2024


#301

Ep. 300: Hidden Technology Traps

There has been a lot of attention paid recently to the impact of technology like social media on the mental health of young people. But this is not the only technology trap lurking for this generation. In this episode, Cal talks about three subtle but significant ways in which our current technology culture is setting up young people for professional failure in the years ahead. He then provides some advice for resisting this fate. In addition to this discussion, he answers questions from the audience and reacts to one of the coolest examples of slow craft that he’s encountered in a long while.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: The Burnout Society [7:53]- How can I stop distraction relapses? [35:18]- How can I reduce my social media addiction without abandoning these technologies? [39:37]- How can I schedule deep work with a scattered class schedule? [44:29]- How should I reintroduce video games after a successful digital declutter? [47:14]- How do I apply Slow Productivity later in life? [51:04]- CALL: How to formulate a deep life when you’re young [54:41]   CASE STUDY: Tweaking the time block planner [1:06:44] CAL REACTS: A Slow Reconstruction of an Ancient City [1:11:00]Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> ---Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/  </a> ---<a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEJ4hkpQW8E'>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEJ4hkpQW8E</a> ---<a href='https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/research/report/2023-cs-smartphone-research-report_final-for-web.pdf'>www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/research/report/2023-cs-smartphone-research-report_final-for-web.pdf</a> ---<a href='https://tenochtitlan.thomaskole.nl/'>tenochtitlan.thomaskole.nl/</a> Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.cozyearth.com/cal'>cozyearth.com/cal</a> ---<a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.mybodytutor.com'>mybodytutor.com</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

13 May 2024

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:42

13 May 2024


#300

Ep. 299: Our Love/Hate Relationship with Personal Productivity

Cal has been writing professionally about issues related to personal productivity for two decades. In today’s episode, he provides a short history of what he’s observed during this period about out constantly shifting relationship with this topic, from the quiet optimism of the 1990s, to the techno-mania of the early 2000s, to the whiplash shift from anti-distraction to anti-work sentiments in the 2010s. He ends with a summary of where we are today and what he currently thinks matters in thinking about getting things done. During the Q&A session, Cal is joined by special guest host Scott Young (whose new book is GET BETTER AT ANYTHING) to help answer your questions. We conclude with a list of the books Cal read in April.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: The 20-year history with personal productivity [4:20]- How does Cal organize his files as a technical researcher? [1:04:55]- How slow is too slow? [1:18:48]- Does “Monk Mode” actually work? [1:27:25]- How do I adapt my organizational systems to do more complicated work? [1:36:07]- What are the most underrated habits for living a great life? [1:49:46]CASE STUDY: Unconventional slow productivity [1:55:56]FINAL SEGMENT: The 5 Books Cal Read in April 2024 [2:04:51]Links:Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a>Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/  </a>Cal’s monthly book directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 '>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 </a><a href='https://www.moehrbetter.com/gtd-advanced-workflow-diagram.html'>moehrbetter.com/gtd-advanced-workflow-diagram.html</a>Books Discussed in Deep Dive:7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleHow To Become CEOGetting Things DoneThe Four Hour Work WeekEssentialismHow To Do NothingApril Books:An Empire of Their Own by Neal GablerCo-intelligence by Ethan Mollick Dragons of Eden by Carl SaganThe Perfect Mile by Neal BascombTo Heal a Fractured World by Jonathan SacksThanks to our Sponsors: This show is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at <a href='https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions'>betterhelp.com/deepquestions</a><a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a><a href='https://www.zocdoc.com/deep'>zocdoc.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

06 May 2024

2 HR 18 MINS

2:18:46

06 May 2024


#299

Ep. 298: Rethinking Attention

We think of information as something neutral; a spotlight that helps illuminate the reality of the outside world. Accordingly, more information is better than less. In this episode, Cal pushes back on this model, arguing that the form in which information arrives can strongly impact the understanding we extract. We must therefore be more intentional about what and how we pay attention. He then answers reader questions and surveys some unusual but entertaining stories about slowness.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Rethinking attention [4:08]- What books should I read to help me develop a deep life? [34:35]- Does writing by hand have benefits for your brain? [38:40]- Should I get a brain scan to prove I have a low IQ? [43:46]- Should I use ChatGPT for book recommendations? [47:39]- How can I avoid wasting your gap year? [49:40]- CALL: Is “Slow Productivity” related to “The Burnout Society” by Buying-Chui Han? [55:32]CASE STUDY: Utilizing the phone foyer method [1:01:58]  FINAL SEGMENT: Slow news [1:10:58]Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> ---Get a signed copy of Cal’s “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/  </a> ---Cal’s monthly book directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 '>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 </a> ---<a href='https://www.slow-watches.com/'>slow-watches.com/</a> ---<a href='https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318747/help-wanted-one-rooster-by-julie-falatko-illustrated-by-andrea-stegmaier/'>penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318747/help-wanted-one-rooster-by-julie-falatko-illustrated-by-andrea-stegmaier/</a> ---<a href='https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2023/1108/1415296-why-handwriting-is-good-for-your-brain/ '>rte.ie/brainstorm/2023/1108/1415296-why-handwriting-is-good-for-your-brain/ </a> Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.mintmobile.com/deep'>mintmobile.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://mauinuivenison.com/pages/DEEPQUESTIONS?utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=show_notes&utm_campaign=deep_questions&utm_term=DEEPQUESTIONS&utm_content=landingpage'>mauinuivenison.com/deepquestions</a> ---<a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a> ---<a href='https://www.listening.com/deep'>listening.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

29 Apr 2024

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:28

29 Apr 2024


#298

Ep. 297: The Deep Life Hardware

Why do you struggle with your grand attempts to escape distraction and aimlessness to make your life deeper? In this episode, Cal draws on an unexpected metaphor – Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and the Analytical Engine – to help identify the subtle obstacle on your path to increase depth. With this new understanding in hand, he then details a specific gameplan to get around it. Later, he takes questions from the audience and reacts to the new AI Pin, a tool intended to render smartphones obsolete.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: The Deep Life Hardware [4:09]- Does personal productivity make us anxious? [34:04]- How can I build skills without getting in the way of my existing work? [42:11]- How can I build a deeper life after years of neglect? [46:00]- How is Sam Sulek’s stripped down YouTube channel doing so well? [52:12]- How can I convince my husband that I’m not a time management snob? [1:02:38]- CALL: Obsessing over quality [1:06:04]CASE STUDY: Shifting a mindset to do more deep work [1:11:04] CAL REACTS: Is the Al Pin the End of Smartphones? [1:17:46]Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>www.calnewport.com/slow </a> ---<a href='https://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/engines/'>computerhistory.org/babbage/engines/</a> ---<a href='https://www.theverge.com/24126502/humane-ai-pin-review'>theverge.com/24126502/humane-ai-pin-review</a> ---<a href='https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-with-cal-newport-the-key-to/id1498802610?i=1000652834277 '>podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-with-cal-newport-the-key-to/id1498802610?i=1000652834277 </a> ---<a href='https://www.samharris.org/podcasts/making-sense-episodes/363-knowledge-work '>samharris.org/podcasts/making-sense-episodes/363-knowledge-work </a> ---Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/'>https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/</a> Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.rhone.com/cal'>rhone.com/cal</a> ---<a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.policygenius.com/deepquestions'>policygenius.com/deepquestions</a> ---<a href='https://www.grammarly.com/podcast'>grammarly.com/podcast</a> ---<a href='https://www.tim.blog'>tim.blog</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

22 Apr 2024

1 HR 26 MINS

1:26:38

22 Apr 2024


#297

Ep. 296: Jane Austen’s To-Do List (LIVE)

In the first ever live episode of Deep Questions, recorded at People’s Book in Takoma Park, MD, Cal extracts a modern productivity lesson from the tale of Jane Austen’s frustrated ambitions, before taking questions from the audience. Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Jane Austen’s To-Do List [3:22]— Is Cal building his YouTube channel with social media tactics? [27:36]— How can I do less in such a busy world? [31:53]— How do I escape the flow state? [37:01]— How can someone become a star while obsessing over craft? [40:52]— How can I apply Slow Productivity to unrelated projects? [46:40]— How does Cal develop his writing frameworks? [50:20]— How can I apply Slow Productivity principles to a team? [52:48]— How can I avoid the Zoom apocalypse? [57:48]— Is there a conflict between working at a natural pace and obsessing over quality? [1:07:16]— How can a personal trainer build a wellness solution company? [1:09:46]— How can our team not get delayed with technical problems? [1:13:00]— How can a young lawyer manage peer relationships with teams? [1:16:38]          Links:— Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>calnewport.com/slow</a>— Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ </a>— Cal’s Monthly Books directory: <a href='https://bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 '>bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 </a>Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.blinkist.com/deep'>blinkist.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.cozyearth.com'>cozyearth.com  (Use promo code “Cal”)</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

15 Apr 2024

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:52

15 Apr 2024


#296

Ep. 295: Artists Revolt Against Social Media

In this episode Cal takes a closer look at a growing trend of artists quitting social media and instead reverting to old-fashioned websites. Are these acts of principled sacrifice or a sustainable way to be creative online? Cal argues for the latter, showing how the internet without social media curation algorithms can be a place of rich discovery and audience building. He then takes questions on similar topics and ends by playing a few rounds of “deep or crazy” during the final segment.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: A Quiet Revolt Against Social Media [7:37]- Is my deep living too extreme? [45:06]- LinkedIn is getting toxic. Should I quit that too? [47:39]- Where do online articles fit into the life of a digital minimalist? [51:09]- Did Cal design the specifications for the hardcover copy of “Slow Productivity”? [54:04]- How do I not feel overwhelmed by online content after a Digital Declutter? [58:07]- CALL: Obsessing over quality [1:01:08]CASE STUDY: Applying lessons from “Digital Minimalism” [1:06:37]CAL REACTS: Deep or Crazy? [1:13:54]Links: ---Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>calnewport.com/slow</a> ---<a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/ </a> ---<a href='https://twitter.com/HumanitiesGU/status/1772436799727472942'>twitter.com/HumanitiesGU/status/1772436799727472942</a> ---<a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3h9gV_z8OM'>youtube.com/watch?v=W3h9gV_z8OM</a> ---<a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV6BbPTN5PQ'>youtube.com/watch?v=tV6BbPTN5PQ</a> ---<a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0RqucKwIcw'>youtube.com/watch?v=r0RqucKwIcw</a> Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.mybodytutor.com'>mybodytutor.com</a> ---<a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://mauinuivenison.com/pages/DEEPQUESTIONS?utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=show_notes&utm_campaign=deep_questions&utm_term=DEEPQUESTIONS&utm_content=landingpage'>mauinuivenison.com/deepquestions</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

08 Apr 2024

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:41

08 Apr 2024


#295

Ep. 294: A Tactical Assault on Busyness

One of the biggest problems afflicting knowledge workers in the digital age is frantic busyness; days filled with emails, chats, and meetings, without much to show for all the effort. In today’s episode, Cal dives into one of the most-discussed ideas from his new book, Slow Productivity, which offers a simple, tactical assault on this state of persistent busyness. He then answers listener questions about similar issues and lists the book he read in March.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>hyoutube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: A Tactical Assault on Busyness [3:47]- How can I stop chasing the “perfect” productivity system? [34:51] - How do I avoid losing my day to distraction? [39:08]  - How do I help my partner escape meeting quickstand? [42:31]- How do we design the perfect client/task/scheduling system? [48:59]- Can Apple Vision Pro help deep work? [54:46]The 5 Books Cal Read in March 2024 [1:06:43] A Short History of England (Simon Jenkins)Into the Impossible (Brian Keating)The Amen Effect (Sharon Brous)Sink the Bismark! (CS Forester)Hidden Potential (Adam Grant)Links:Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a><a href='https://www.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-artificial-intelligence/can-an-ai-make-plans'>newyorker.com/science/annals-of-artificial-intelligence/can-an-ai-make-plans</a>Thanks to our Sponsors: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at <a href='https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions'>betterhelp.com/deepquestions</a><a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.zocdoc.com/deep'>zocdoc.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

01 Apr 2024

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:13

01 Apr 2024


#294

Ep. 293: Can A.I. Empty My Inbox?

Imagine a world in which AI could handle your email inbox on your behalf. No more checking for new messages every five minutes. No more worries that people need you. No more exhausting cognitive context shifts. In this episode, Cal explores how close cutting-edge AI models are to achieving this goal, including using ChatGPT to help him answer some real email. He then dives into his latest article for The New Yorker, which explains the key technical obstacle to fully automated email and how it might be solved. This is followed by reader questions and a look at something interesting.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Can A.I. Empty My Inbox? [4:33]- Should I continue to study programming if AI will eventually replace software jobs? [44:40]- Is it bad to use ChatGPT to assist with your writing? [49:22]- How do I reclaim my workspace for Deep Work? [55:24]- How do I decide what to do on my scheduled mini-breaks at work? [1:00:11]- CALL: Heidegger’s view on technology [1:02:48]- CALL: Seasonality with a partner and kids [1:09:11]CASE STUDY: A Silicon Valley Chief of Staff balancing work and ego [1:20:07]Something Interesting: General Grant’s Slow Productivity [1:30:08]Links:Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity”at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a><a href='https://www.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-artificial-intelligence/can-an-ai-make-plans'>newyorker.com/science/annals-of-artificial-intelligence/can-an-ai-make-plans</a>Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.listening.com/deep'>listening.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.rhone.com/cal'>rhone.com/cal</a> ---<a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

25 Mar 2024

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:14

25 Mar 2024


#293

Ep. 292: Single-Purpose Notebooks

On his recent book tour, Cal found great success using a small notebook dedicated to developing a single idea. In this episode, he explores this “single-purpose notebook” strategy, identifying when it makes sense and why it works. He also takes listener questions about his new book, “Slow Productivity,” and reacts to a recent article about TikTok’s stumbles.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Single-Purpose Notebooks [5:02]- If “pseudo-productivity” isn’t effective, why is it so common? [27:07]- Can you explain the difference between limiting missions, projects, and daily goals? [34:59]- Should everyone buy a $50 notebook? [39:21]- How does “Slow Productivity” relate to mental models and first principles? [48:12]- Should I read your new book slowly? [52:44]- CALL: Does Cal ever stress about work? [55:24]CASE STUDY: Applying lifestyle-centric career planning [1:00:31]SOMETHING INTERESTING: TikTok Falters [1:08:56]Links:Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> ---<a href='https://bramses.notion.site/bramses/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51'>bramses.notion.site/bramses/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51</a> ---<a href='https://www.notebookstories.com/2013/05/06/picasso-sketchbook/'>notebookstories.com/2013/05/06/picasso-sketchbook/</a> ---<a href='https://www.anothermanmag.com/life-culture/10788/remembering-bruce-chatwin-the-greatest-travel-writer-that-ever-lived'>anothermanmag.com/life-culture/10788/remembering-bruce-chatwin-the-greatest-travel-writer-that-ever-lived</a> ---<a href='https://www.notebookstories.com/2023/12/22/a-notebook-in-the-movie-elf/'>notebookstories.com/2023/12/22/a-notebook-in-the-movie-elf/</a> ---<a href='https://www.wsj.com/tech/personal-tech/quitting-tiktok-less-swiping-more-sleeping-1e166a39?page=1 '>com/tech/personal-tech/quitting-tiktok-less-swiping-more-sleeping-1e166a39?page=1 </a> ---<a href='https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/tiktok-and-the-fall-of-the-social-media-giants'>newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/tiktok-and-the-fall-of-the-social-media-giants</a> Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.mintmobile.com/deep'>mintmobile.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.policygenius.com/deepquestions'>policygenius.com/deepquestions</a> ---<a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a> ---<a href='https://www.cozyearth.com'>cozyearth.com (Use promo code “Cal”)</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

18 Mar 2024

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:35

18 Mar 2024


#292

Ep. 291: Do Better, Do Less

What does the story of the rise of the singing superstar Jewel teach us about escaping busyness in our knowledge work jobs? In this episode, Cal makes the connection, extracting a key lesson about quality as an engine for slowness, and then providing concrete advice and examples for applying this lesson to your own professional life. Also: listener questions and the books Cal read in February.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Doing Better, Do Less [5:00]- Is my job too hard? [38:25]- How do I sell myself better? [42:52] - How do I convince myself to do actual hard work? [45:42]- How do I find time to get better if I'm busy? [48:46]- What is the values plan? [53:23]The 5 books Cal read in February 2024 [1:01:45]The Sabbath (AJ Heschel)Making Movies (Sidney Lumet)Killer of the Flower Moon (David Grann)Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton)The Good Shepherd (CA Forestor)Links:FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a>Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.mybodytutor.com'>mybodytutor.com</a><a href='https://www.blinkist.com/deep'>blinkist.com/deep</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

11 Mar 2024

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:47

11 Mar 2024


#291

Ep. 290: Financing the Deep Life (w/ Noah Kagan)

One of the most common strategies for achieving a powerful ideal lifestyle vision is to leverage entrepreneurial activities to find a stable source of income that allows autonomy and flexibility. To help understand how to succeed in such ventures, Cal interviews the entrepreneur and author Noah Kagan about his new book, "The Million Dollar Weekend." Recording on the road as part of his book tour for "Slow Productivity," Cal also shares some lessons about what he's been observing.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>INTERVIEW: Marketing guru Noah Kagan [11:06]Links:Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ </a>FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a>Thanks to our Sponsors: This show is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at <a href='https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions'>betterhelp.com/deepquestions</a><a href='https://mauinuivenison.com/pages/DEEPQUESTIONS?utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=show_notes&utm_campaign=deep_questions&utm_term=DEEPQUESTIONS&utm_content=landingpage'>mauinuivenison.com/deepquestions</a><a href='https://www.zocdoc.com/deep'>zocdoc.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

04 Mar 2024

1 HR 31 MINS

1:31:04

04 Mar 2024


#290

Ep. 289: The Email Catastrophe

How did we end up tyrannized by our inboxes? How is this related to Tyrannosaurus? What was it like working at a high-tech company at the exact moment email was introduced? In this episode, Cal weaves together all these questions into a story about the unexpected ways technology impacts our lives and what we can do after the fact to make things better.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: The Email Catastrophe [3:47]- How do I deal with email overload in a government job? [45:34]- How do I deal with an employer who demands constant responsiveness?[55:36]- How can I concentrate when coding when I need to use my web browser? [58:27]- How do I overcome my fear of missing important emails? [1:02:35]- CALL: Can slow productivity work for an academic? [1:06:38]CAL REACTS: Reader Comments on his NYT Op-Ed [1:17:47]Links: ---<a href='https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died'>newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died</a> ---<a href='https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1817407116'>pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1817407116</a> ---<a href='https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1994/01/10/e-mail-from-bill-gates'>newyorker.com/magazine/1994/01/10/e-mail-from-bill-gates</a> ---<a href='https://blog.rescuetime.com/communication-multitasking-switches/'>blog.rescuetime.com/communication-multitasking-switches/</a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/opinion/creative-work-productivity-seasonality.html'>nytimes.com/2024/02/16/opinion/creative-work-productivity-seasonality.html</a> ---Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ </a> ---FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a>  Thanks to our Sponsors:  ---<a href='https://www.zocdoc.com/deep'>zocdoc.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.policygenius.com/deepquestions'>policygenius.com/deepquestions</a> ---<a href='https://www.blinkist.com/deep'>blinkist.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.moshlife.com/deep'>moshlife.com/deep</a> ---<a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a> Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

26 Feb 2024

1 HR 31 MINS

1:31:58

26 Feb 2024


#289

Ep. 288: Confronting Your Phone

We’ve become so used to our phones in our lives that we’ve stopped realizing how arbitrary and unusual the content we’re watching really has become. In this episode, Cal looks closer at what we’re really spending time doing on our phones, then provides step-by-step instructions for healing this relationship. Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Confronting Your Phone [4:30]- What does Cal think about Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves To Death”? [28:35]- Can you pursue high quality leisure after a day filled with deep work? [33:14]- Can commercial breaks be used for high quality leisure? [37:24]- Will digital minimalism work in an age of augmented reality? [40:34]- How can a full time YouTuber practice digital minimalism? [46:53]-CALL: How to share content online? [52:38]CASE STUDY: Cost-benefit analysis of technology usage [1:00:39] CAL REACTS: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Search for Depth [1:06:43]Links:<a href='https://twitter.com/explore/tabs/trending'>twitter.com/explore/tabs/trending</a><a href='https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/popular/?hl=en'>instagram.com/explore/tags/popular/?hl=en</a><a href='https://www.tiktok.com/foryou?lang=en'>tiktok.com/foryou?lang=en</a><a href='https://newcriterion.com/blogs/dispatch/the-consolations-of-fantasy'>newcriterion.com/blogs/dispatch/the-consolations-of-fantasy</a>Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ </a>FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.ladderlife.com/deep'>ladderlife.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.mybodytutor.com'>mybodytutor.com</a><a href='https://www.rhone.com/cal'>rhone.com/cal</a><a href='https://www.mintmobile.com/deep'>mintmobile.com/deep</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

19 Feb 2024

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:32

19 Feb 2024


#288

Ep. 287: Minimalist Notes

A deep life requires that you encounter and make sense of a large amount of incoming information, from narrow data relevant to a professional project, to broad insights into your purpose. How do you keep track of all of this? In this episode, Cal proposes a minimalist approach aimed at minimizing the friction required to keep tabs on what matters.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: How to track information that matters [2:55]- How should I make use of non-cognitive time? [27:37]- Can people with ADHD become better at learning? [32:49]- What does Cal think of Gloria Mark’s “4 myths of attention span”? [36:31]- How can I concentrate on my dissertation when I have a full-time job? [47:04]- How can I stop wasting my afternoon time blocks? [53:20]- CALL: How can I better organize my idea notebooks? [1:01:38]CASE STUDY: Avoiding the hyperactive hive mind to work more efficiently [1:05:46]   CAL REACTS: Is it bad to be slow? [1:13:46]Links:<a href='https://dailystoic.com/try-not-to-be-so-slow/'>dailystoic.com/try-not-to-be-so-slow/</a><a href='https://www.gloriamark.com/attention-span'>gloriamark.com/attention-span</a>Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ '>peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ </a>FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow '>calnewport.com/slow </a> Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.grammarly.com/podcast'>grammarly.com/podcast</a><a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.cozyearth.com'>cozyearth.com</a> (promo code “cal”)<a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

12 Feb 2024

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:37

12 Feb 2024


#287

Ep. 286: Rethinking Self Help

A key step in cultivating a deep life is reflecting on what matters to you and the best strategies for pursuing it. This, in turn, requires that you engage in the consumption of some manner of self help. It’s here that many people sell themselves short, limiting this intake to short videos and the occasional advice guide. In today’s episode, Cal talks about cultivating a much richer approach to self-help in which you’re able to take in wisdom from a variety of sources of various levels of sophistication.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Rethinking Self Help [3:21]- How can I prevent hard tasks from derailing my productivity systems? [38:47]- Should I get ahead in my career with a project that I hate? [47:54]- How can I make progress on my novel when my day job drains me? [52:39]- Is there such a thing as too much deep work? [59:32]- CALL: Will short deep work sessions work to write effectively? [1:12:17]CASE STUDY: Reducing stress with slow productivity [1:18:40]  The 5 Books Cal Read in January 2024 [1:30:22]  Links:<a href='https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/'>https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/</a> FREE Download  for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>www.calnewport.com/slow</a> Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.grammarly.com/podcast'>https://www.grammarly.com/podcast</a><a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>https://www.shopify.com/deep</a>This show is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at <a href='https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions'>https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

1 HR 43 MINS

1:43:05

05 Feb 2024


#286

Ep. 285: The Productivity Paradox

One of the more interesting realities of people who live remarkable lives is that they are often much less busy than the rest of us. In this episode, Cal explores three ideas that help explain why this is true, then explains how we can use these ideas to reduce our own workloads.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: The Productivity Paradox [7:31]- How does a weekly plan work? [32:26]- Do errands or reading count toward fixed schedule productivity? [36:55]- How should a graduate embrace slow productivity? [40:11]- If I embrace slow productivity, how can I be sure I’m doing enough? [41:54]- Did Cal follow Slow Productivity in his 20’s? [47:45]- CALL: Uprooting a good planning system? [53:23]CASE STUDY: Playing video games with intention [58:05] CAL REACTS:  How to Have a Productive Year [1:06:34]Links:<a href='https://calnewport.com/if-youre-busy-youre-doing-something-wrong-the-surprisingly-relaxed-lives-of-elite-achievers/'>calnewport.com/if-youre-busy-youre-doing-something-wrong-the-surprisingly-relaxed-lives-of-elite-achievers/</a><a href='https://www.newyorker.com/culture/office-space/how-to-have-a-more-productive-year'>newyorker.com/culture/office-space/how-to-have-a-more-productive-year</a>FREE Download  for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>calnewport.com/slow </a> Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://mauinuivenison.com/pages/DEEPQUESTIONS?utm_medium=podcast&utm_source=show_notes&utm_campaign=deep_questions&utm_term=DEEPQUESTIONS&utm_content=landingpage'>mauinuivenison.com/deepquestions</a><a href='https://www.blinkist.com/deep'>blinkist.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.moshlife.com/deep'>moshlife.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.policygenius.com/deepquestions'>policygenius.com/deepquestions</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

29 Jan 2024

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:11

29 Jan 2024


#285

Ep. 284: Feel-Good Productivity (w/ Ali Abdaal)

Call talks with Ali Abdaal about his journey from doctor to YouTube sensation, and then dives deep into Ali’s new book, “Feel-Good Productivity,” and the possibilities of making accomplishment something enjoyable. Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>INTERVIEW: YouTube Star Ali Abdaal [3:41]Cal Reacts: Dissecting Ali’s YouTube career path [1:32:27]Links:FREE download for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>calnewport.com/slow</a>Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.rhone.com/cal '>rhone.com/cal </a><a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

22 Jan 2024

1 HR 42 MINS

1:42:40

22 Jan 2024


#284

Ep. 283: How To Organize Your Life

What is the correct first step in transforming your life into something deeper? Traditional advice says to start with a clear vision of what you value. Cal has been arguing that it’s instead more important to develop a foundation of discipline. In this episode, he explores a more specific variation of this idea: perhaps the best way to prepare to pursue the big is to first learn how to control the small.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: How to organize your life [2:31]- How do I “stay deep” when facing major changes? [36:37]- How do I relax when I’m always so busy? [39:13]- What is the difference between rituals and routines? [43:09]- Can playing video games be part of a deep life? [51:27]- Can deep life buckets connect to strategic plans? [57:39]- CALL: Juggling multiple priorities to live a deep life [1:01:39]CASE STUDY: Becoming organized to prevent overwhelm [1:07:32]CAL REACTS:  How many books did you read in 2023? [1:13:47]Links:https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2024/01/05/how-many-books-did-you-read-2023-see-how-you-stack-up/FREE download for “Slow Productivity”: <a href='https://www.calnewport.com/slow'>calnewport.com/slow</a>Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.mintmobile.com/deep'>mintmobile.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.cozyearth.com'>cozyearth.com (promo code CAL)</a><a href='https://www.mybodytutor.com'>mybodytutor.com</a>  Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

15 Jan 2024

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:22

15 Jan 2024


#283

Ep. 282: Slow Distractions

During the New Year season it is common to talk about how to be more productive. But what about the downtime between your major pursuits? In this episode, Cal argues for rewiring your brain to crave slow distractions over their faster (often digital) alternatives. The goal here is not to get more done but to transform your life into something slower and more meaningful.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Slow Distractions [2:25]- How do I work deeply as a stay-at-home parent? [29:12]- Isn’t it myopic not to let young children use smartphones? [36:44]- How do I succeed as a musician without social media? [38:09]- How do I make plans without social media? [48:37]- CALL: How to share ideas without allowing social media to take control [55:02]CAL REACTS: I’m a 33-year old woman without a job [1:05:55] Links:<a href='https://youtu.be/YQLVWficcwc?si=lOIBa23I_0-4sJl6'>youtu.be/YQLVWficcwc?si=lOIBa23I_0-4sJl6</a>Download a FREE chapter from my upcoming book, "Slow Productivity" HERE: https://www.calnewport.com/slow Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.expressvpn.com/deep'>expressvpn.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a><a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.grammarly.com/podcast'>grammarly.com/podcast</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

08 Jan 2024

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:16

08 Jan 2024


#282

Ep. 281: Learning Hard Things

One of the more important abilities to cultivate for the year ahead is comfort learning complicated (and therefore valuable) new things. In this episode, Cal tackles the myths surrounding mastery and presents a new mental model for internalizing non-trivial information. As he elaborates, there is both good news and bad news when it comes to this topic: you can learn almost anything, but you can’t learn everything.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: <a href='https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'>bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>Deep Dive: Learning Hard Things [2:50]- When it comes to taking notes, what really matters? [29:49]- Can I fit all of my hobbies into my week? [36:02]- Can YouTube teach me to be a better student? [39:40]- How do I figure out what to learn next? [46:09]- How do I learn something fast when I already have a busy schedule? [48:23]- CALL: How does “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” relate to “Slow Productivity”? [55:11]CASE STUDY: Slow Productivity affinity group [1:03:46] The 5 books Cal read in December 2023 [1:13:28]Thanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.drinklmnt.com/deep'>drinklmnt.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.zocdoc.com/deep'>zocdoc.com/deep</a>This show is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at <a href='https://www.betterhelp.com/deepquestions'>betterhelp.com/deepquestions</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

01 Jan 2024

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:38

01 Jan 2024


#281

Ep. 280: Proven Rules for Deep Living (w/ Arthur Brooks)

The mega-bestselling writer Arthur Brooks is one of the rare individuals to have both lived a carefully cultivated deep life and written a book on the topic (co-authored with Oprah!). In today’s episode, Cal interviews Brooks, going deep into the details of his unusual and inspiring career and extracting proven rules from his experience.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link:<a href=' https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo'> bit.ly/3U3sTvo</a>Video from today’s episode:  <a href='https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia'>youtube.com/calnewportmedia</a>INTERVIEW: Mega-bestselling writer Arthur Brooks [6:39]Cal’s Favorite Completely Unnecessary and Embarrassingly Geeky Things for 2024 [1:16:04]Links:https://www.calnewport.com/slowThanks to our Sponsors: <a href='https://www.rhone.com/cal'>rhone.com/cal</a><a href='https://www.shopify.com/deep'>shopify.com/deep</a><a href='https://www.notion.com/cal'>notion.com/cal</a>Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering. ... Read more

25 Dec 2023

1 HR 37 MINS

1:37:13

25 Dec 2023