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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.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport Cal Newport

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 90 Ratings

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.

    Ep. 165: Why Are We Burnt Out?

    Ep. 165: Why Are We Burnt Out?

    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: Why Are We Burnt Out?  [1:31]


    DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

    - Should I exercise before or after deep work?  [20:28]
    - Why plan every quarter instead of every month or year? [23:56]
    - How do I master a hard technical skill?  [26:12]
    - What does my (Cal) knowledge management system look like? [30:17] 


    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS:

    - Are my (Cal’s) online courses applicable to people with ADHD?  [40:37]
    - How do I apply deep work to my busy life?  [45:10]
    - How do I balance work, school, and kids?  [49:45]
    - What are my (Cal’s) thoughts on sleep?  [52:36]
    - How do I (Cal) think about earnings and personal finance? [56:23]


    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 164: LISTENER CALLS: Training for Hard Intellectual Work

    Ep. 164: LISTENER CALLS: Training for Hard Intellectual Work

    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.
    LISTENER CALLS:
    - Optimal amounts of advanced scheduling. [6:46]
    - Recommendations for not going overboard with strategic planning. [14:31] 
    - Training for hard intellectual work. [19:12]
    - Convincing students to limit social media (rant alert). [28:30]
    - Keeping eyes healthy. [43:45] 
    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 55 min
    Ep. 163: The Books I Read in December 2021

    Ep. 163: The Books I Read in December 2021

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.
    OPENING CHAT: The Books I Read in December 2021
    DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:
    - How do I handle insecurity about my writing ability? [35:39]
    - How do I balance non-work and work activities? [39:51]
    - How can I take regular breaks to avoid eye strain? [43:53]
    - How can I reduce anxiety around long term projects? [45:43]
    - How should academic handle paper rejections? [48:36]
    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS:
    - What are your (Cal’s) thoughts on fasting and deep work? [54:59]
    - How should I maintain a healthy body posture while at the computer? [01:00:56]
    - How do I stick with habits for more than a couple days? [01:01:55]
    - How does a digital minimalist find interesting books to read? [01:04:57]
    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 162: LISTENER CALLS: Ambition and the Deep Life

    Ep. 162: LISTENER CALLS: Ambition and the Deep Life

    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.

    LISTENER CALLS:
    - Getting better vs. selling harder. [3:29]
    - Convincing a girlfriend to use less social media [9:15]
    - Time-blocking tips [20:29]
    - Ambition and the deep life [26:17]
    - Advice of an ideal desk set up [32:56]

    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 41 min
    Ep. 161: Should I Follow My Skill or My Passion?

    Ep. 161: Should I Follow My Skill or My Passion?

    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:

    - How can a freelancer perform deep work? [9:56]
    - Should I follow my skill or my passion? [12:50]
    - How do you manage group projects in college? [21:51]
    - Do you recommend listening to music while doing deep work? [24:16]
    - What do you do when your boss has allocated you to a team “half time”? [26:20]

    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS:
    - How do you return to time blocking after falling off the wagon? [36:25]
    - How do you include non-work activities into your workday? [38:53]
    - How do you structure you time if you love what you do? [40:10]
    - How should you think about the Deep Life in retirement? [43:12]

    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 160: REPLAY: What is Discipline (and How Do I Get It?)

    Ep. 160: REPLAY: What is Discipline (and How Do I Get It?)

    Because I'm away on vacation these week, I'm replaying a classic show from the Deep Questions archives. This is Episode 125, which originally ran back in August. 

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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 DIVE: How Reachable Should We Be? [1:45]


    DEEP WORK QUESTIONS

     - What should I do if I finish a time block early? [8:28]
     - How do I work deeply at home with a crying newborn? [12:54]
     - How I work deeply while taking care of a child full time? [17:50]
     - How do I manage a shared mailbox with my team? [23:11]


    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

     - What is discipline (and how do I get it)? [32:18]
     - Should I take a harder job to get better faster? [40:04]
     - What about people who don't want to do deep work? [43:49]


    Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Bobs opinion ,

My Favourite Author, My Favourite Podcast

Nobody does a better job of delivering productivity content than Cal.

AAAA197919791979 ,

Not a theoretical scientist/researcher podcast

The pod is ok but the problem is with how the host introduces himself ...I mean he’s a great marketer for sure but his deep works is all dedicated to write about how to perform deeply... like he in my view should not advise on doing great science... he’s just not qualified to give that kind of advice... like having no great scientific/research publication already disqualifies u... however I guess he’s great in using his deep work to write popular books and make good money I guess! Just some reframing of the pod to not mislead people is required!

Sarah from Vancouver ,

One of my absolute favourite podcasts!

I never miss an episode of Cal’s podcast and always look forward to new episodes. It is filled with thought provoking ideas and helpful suggestions that I have integrated into my daily life. Highly recommended to anyone interested in pursuing the deep life.

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