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Cal Newport is a computer science professor and the New York Times bestselling author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work. He writes about technology and the way it can both support and impede our efforts to live more meaningful, productive lives. In this podcast, he answers questions from his readers about work, technology, and the deep life.
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Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.DEEP WORK QUESTIONS - What challenges will I face switching to time-block planning for the first time? [3:43] - How do I time block very long days? [8:20] - How do I move external colleagues and clients away from email collaboration? [11:10] - How do I manage multiple email addresses? [18:57] - How do I avoid Slack FOMO? [20:21]  - How can I avoid Twitter if it's where important updates are posted? [25:49] - RANT ALERT: What do I (Cal) think about big tech data collection? [28:45] - How do you hit a bestseller list without social media? [35:57] - What were my (Cal's) early blogging habits? [40:21]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - Do I (Cal) listen to audio books? [50:10] - How do I (Cal) remember thoughts from my walks? [51:31] - Will social media usage go down oner time? [54:10] - How do I be a digital minimalist in a maximalist family? [58:30] - What are the drawbacks of working more seasonly? [59:52] - How do I maintain the will to do deep work? [1:07:55]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's listener calls mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.  - Productivity with a chronic illness. [4:28] - Coordinating strategic plans with a partner. [12:44] - Getting your boss to bother you less. [17:56] - High quality leisure for students [25:59] - Feeling overwhelmed by Facebook Groups. [29:58]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.DEEP DIVE: What happens if you stop using your phone for a year? [3:55]WORKING DEEPLY: - How do I avoid the hyperactive hive mind in a new job? [11:36] - How can the author of A WORLD WITHOUT EMAIL have an email list? [14:02] - When did personal productivity become a thing? [16:25] - Am I overcommitted or bad at time management? [25:47] - How do I decide on roles for my task boards? [29:23] - How can I become established as a content creator? (Or, the perils of "checklist productivity") [33:16] - Recreating the water color in a world without email? [38:44]LIVING DEEPLY: - What are some good biographies for deep life inspiration? [46:38] - What are my top 3 recommendations for someone looking to live deeper? [49:12] - Can a commute be contemplative? [54:50] - Where do I (Cal) write about "the deep life" in my books? [58:51]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's listener calls mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast. - Time block specificity (coercive versus collaborative productivity). [6:24]  - Balancing time spent on different types of work. [11:34] - Project priorities. [18:34] - Building a social life during a pandemic. [26:57] - Making use of unexpected free time. [33:27]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
I'm joined in today's episode by Greg McKeown, author of the mega-bestseller Essentialism, and his new book, Effortless.We talk about the massive success of Essentialism, decoding why it did so well and discussing how it changed his life. We then get into the origin of the ideas that became Effortless, and use some of my own attempts to make essential work easier as a case study.Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's listener calls mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.Behind the Curtain: My Current Scheduling Setup [0:22]Book Recommendation: The Unspoken Rules [9:34]Listener Calls: - Perfectionism and time-block schedules. [12:58] - Constructing effective student schedules. [18:56] - Organizing the tasks that make up a project. [26:58] - Optimal task structure. [35:47] - RANT ALERT: social media and danger of algorithmic attention. [40:32]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.DEEP DIVE: What Does "Productivity" Actually Mean? [5:04]WORK QUESTIONS - How do I stay productive after the pandemic? [17:56] - How do I relearn how to think deeply? [22:51] - Can I build a world without email with non-knowledge workers? [31:38] - Are some people more aligned to some jobs than others? [34:47]TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS - Do I need a dumb phone? [38:48] - How will the pandemic impact higher education? [42:28]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - Has my liberal arts education helped my CS career? [51:23] - How do the "deep life" buckets related to quarterly planning? [56:05]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's listener calls mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.- Determining if your work is deep. [3:21]- Limits for daily deep work. [6:30]- Taking notes in a time block planner. [11:17]- My notebooks. [17:24]- Instagram and artists. [24:16]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music. 
Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.WORK QUESTIONS - What algorithm should I use to implement the Eisenhower Matrix? [6:21] - Should I switch careers to pursue my dream? [9:34] - How did I (Cal) fit research, teaching, and writing into my 9 to 5 graduate student schedule? [20:37]  - What advice should I give students about deep work? [23:55]TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS - Can I succeed in music without social media? [28:06] - How can I avoid social media during Zoom classes? [32:28] - What are my (Cal) favorite sources for book research? [40:03]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - How do I (Cal) decide what books to read? [42:00] - How can I combine deep leisure with an exhausting job? [45:40]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's listener calls mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.- Transferring tasks from capture to configure tools. [4:07]- Getting better at thinking while walking (plus bonus MIT nostalgia). [6:53] - Deep work breaks. [14:44]- Dedicated task lists for projects (what I do). [25:28]- Incompatible calendars. [30:43]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.DEEP DIVE: Are NFTs frivolous or fundamental? [6:57]WORK QUESTIONS - Does a world without email mean the return of voicemail? [23:42] - Is Elon Musk right about not pursuing a PhD? [26:31] - Is mastery incompatible with the deep life? [28:47] - Do I need a todo list for my personal life? [39:15] - How do you come up with catchy phrases like "hyperactive hive mind"? [41:26] - Why am I wary of building a team? [44:12]TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS - How do I use the internet responsibly when there is so much information? [48:02] - How do I learn to code while working a demanding job? [49:33] - What are my (Cal) thoughts on Microsoft Teams? [55:41]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - How do I (Cal) spend my time outside of work and family? [58:49] - How do I unplug from the "productivity machine" and relax? [1:01:10]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's listener calls mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast. - Scheduling multiple concurrent projects. [5:06] - Prioritizing projects. [12:03] - Work from home wardrobes (and virtual commutes). [15:58]  - Maintaining focusing during mini-delays. [23:49] - Decorating an office to support deep work. [28:11]Link for my Clubhouse conversation with Kevin Roose (3pm Eastern on 4/1): https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/xeeZL4DEThanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Ep. 83: Is Email Work?

Ep. 83: Is Email Work?

2021-03-2901:07:092

Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.WORK QUESTIONS - How do I concentrate in an open office? [5:27] - Do professors need to work 60+ hours a week? [9:10] - What's the best workflow for student reference letters? [17:38] - How does an MS student prepare to become a CS professor? [21:21] - How can a high school principal find time to do deep work? [25:28]TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS - Can email itself be the work? [35:36] - Do I need constant pings and messaging to foster community? [43:27] - Must I stop watching TV and movies to be productive? [46:51]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - In what order should a teenager read the Cal Newport Canon? [53:42] - Are Peloton badges just another digital addiction? [58:48] - How do I stop avoiding the need to live deeper? [1:01:36]Link for my Clubhouse conversation with Kevin Roose (3pm Eastern on 4/1): https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/xeeZL4DEThanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.- Taming scattered schedules. [3:10]- Phantom part time work in the office. [11:04]- The joys and sorrows of binge working. [18:12]- Organizing reading when you're slow at reading. [25:05]- Combatting administrative overload in academia (including a bonus unsolicited rant). [29:57]Thanks to listener Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.DEEP DIVE: What Are My Core Systems? [2:40]WORK QUESTIONS - How do I avoid burnout? [13:33]  - How do I measure effectiveness in a vague job? [19:58] - How do I teach myself to become a better programmer? [22:19] - What is a good way to become a better leader? [27:50] - How do non-fiction writers become better at their craft? [30:56] - What motivates a boss to promote you? (Plus a bonus digression on personal versus societal improvement) [34:27]TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS - Does personal email make people miserable? [39:40]  - Should I quit social media for good? [42:09] - How do I help someone kick their TikTok addiction? [49:23] - Is it possible to succeed in business without a personal brand? [56:40]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - How do we teach deep thinking to kids? (warning: your kids will now like my answer) [1:00:36] - Why did I move to Takoma Park? [1:04:32] - How do I focus when dealing with emotional turmoil? [1:15]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast. - On the value of expensive productivity systems. [3:58] - Phantom part-time jobs. [11:16] - Working deeply after hard days. [16:24] - Must all leisure be quality? [28:27]Thanks to listener Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.DEEP DIVE: Should this meeting have been an email? [5:30]WORK QUESTIONS - How do I recharge after a hard year of work? [17:14] - How do I write blog posts? [20:46] - How important is working from home for accomplishing deep work? [22:52] - How can I apply productive meditation to work that requires a computer? [28:52]TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS - How do I step away from WhatsApp? [33:13] - Are spaced repetition flashcard programs worth it? [36:47] - What should I replace social media with in my life? [43:24] - How can I start a business without social media? [51:19]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - Why are kitchens such appealing work locations? [54:53] - How do I overcome deep procrastination during remote learning? [58:10] - Should I time block after retirement?Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.- Active recall in the office. [4:58]- Processes for problem solving. [9:58]- Time blocking versus the pomodoro method. [14:20]- Time blocking versus bullet journaling. [23:51]- The necessity of a second brain. [28:46]Thanks to listener Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.DEEP DIVE: Does email have a mind of its own? [6:23]WORK QUESTIONS - How do I avoid boring research? [16:35] - How do I learn new skills without becoming overwhelmed? [19:44] - How do I better structure workplace communication? [23:34] - How do I say "no" more often? [29:41]TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS - When should I stop listening to your podcast? [39:12] - How do I deal with excessive browser tabs? [40:14] - Will the world eventually force me to buy a smartphone? [49:08]DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS - (A brief meditation on the pleasures of regular autonomous creative work) [52:20] - How long should planning take? [57:28] - Is reading fiction a waste of time? [59:04] - What is your opinion of Alexa? [1:02:41] - Is a mission different than a passion? [1:06:22]Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
Below are the topics covered in today's mini-episode (with timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast. - Updating strategic plans. [4:13] - Capturing small projects. [8:26] - Archiving tasks. [12:47] - Email on speed (dealing with WhatsApp). [17:15] - Coping with an abundance of depth. [31:28]Thanks to listener Jay Kerstens for the intro music.
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Simone

the quidditch shade lmao

May 7th
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Chris Anderson

Library Work 31:51

Apr 19th
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Simone

i really like the ig for artists' idea

Apr 16th
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Brian Perdomo

another great episode

Feb 16th
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Brian Perdomo

great episode

Jan 8th
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sjdltft

i think im the first listener of this episode. thanks for your content

Nov 26th
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Jason Finn

01:01:46 this part about the need for two clashing theories is very interesting! Noticing where this does not apply could help to discourage dogma in so many places.

Nov 19th
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Stu Cook

Another practical episode and I particularly liked the focus on prioritisation and even the radicalisation slot at the end.

Nov 19th
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Simone

Honestly impressed by how good his advice on marriage was

Nov 9th
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Stu Cook

There is always loads to think about whenever I listen to Cal. He's so insightful. I'm already reaping personal benefits from putting into practice what I hear so encourage others to listen if you want to boost personal productivity.

Oct 30th
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Stu Cook

Another excellent episode today! The segment on daily vs. weekly planning has given me a lot to consider when it comes to how I plan out my time as I look to boost productivity.

Oct 23rd
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yoyo

When he said "don't get me started" about tiktok, I really wanted to hear the rest of what he had to say 🤣

Oct 20th
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Stu Cook

Great episode today. Reducing friction in my productivity is something I'm definitely pursuing and this podcast has a lot to offer.

Oct 20th
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Dee

tik tok is brain poison. 😆😆💯💯

Oct 18th
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Stu Cook

This is such a good podcast, especially if you are interested in boosting your productivity in current times.

Oct 10th
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Simone

I love the rants

Oct 5th
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Raphaëlle Joffray

Cal Newport gives great advice to navigate the modernity madness : E-mails, Slack, overloaded schedules, and workplace insanity. These advices are also valuable at home, to find time to practice important activities instead of browsing shallow websites, and increase your "domestic productivity". Thanks Cal for all the tips !

Oct 2nd
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Stu Cook

Very helpful advice on timeblocking, Cal. That's something that I had never heard of until listening to your podcast but I think it's something that I can incorporate into my day.

Sep 25th
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Dee

YouTube is a problem for me, I'm not that active on social media but I have uninstalled Instagram, it helps.

Sep 17th
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Stu Cook

Another great episode today, Cal! Your tips on slaying the "productivity hydra" have given me a lot to think about as I tackle my own upcoming projects.

Sep 9th
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