201 episodes

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.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport Cal Newport

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 98 Ratings

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.

    Ep. 201: Making a Living Online

    Ep. 201: Making a Living Online

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.

    Video from today’s episode:  youtube.com/calnewportmedia

    Cal Reacts: Making a Living Online [8:26]

    - How do you get over the fear of starting a business? [39:21]
    - How can I convince my wife I’m unavailable during deep work sessions? [43:09]
    - Struggling to focus because of a personal crisis  [54:49]
    - What is the potential of AI in productivity optimization? [1:00:30]

    Interesting Mail Bag [1:05:52]

    - Can you reduce attention residue? [1:19:01]
    - Impact of Cal’s podcast on his idea process [1:22:31]

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

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

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ep. 200: Decoding the Deep Life

    Ep. 200: Decoding the Deep Life

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.

    Video from today’s episode:  youtube.com/calnewportmedia

    Deep Dive: Feedback Councils [2:58]

    - How can you not lose faith if there is always more to be done? [23:22]
    - Do you have two shutdowns when you’re working two shifts? [27:04]
    - CALL: Decoding the Deep Life [32:13]
    - What are some good Deep Leisure activities? [47:32]
    - CALL: Looking to write after early retirement [53:16]

    Books I read in May 2022 [1:03:13]

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    PolicyGenius.com
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    MagicSpoon.com/Cal
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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep. 199: Quieting an Ambitious Brain

    Ep. 199: Quieting an Ambitious Brain

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.

    Video from today’s episode:  youtube.com/calnewportmedia

    Update on Cal’s book writing [ 2:03]

    WORK QUESTIONS

    - How do I get my family and friends to take my profession seriously? [14:11]
    - How should we adjust our work for the arrival of our first baby? [21:33]
    - Do maximum deep work durations depend on the type of work? [28:10]
    - How do I overcome the sense of being overwhelmed by all of my goals? [31:21]

    TECHNOLOGY QUESTION

    - What are the most important trends in technology at the moment? [37:25]

    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

    - Does reading too many books dilute their impact? [1:01:01]
    - How do I turn off my ambitious mind? [1:02:35]
    - How do I get back on the productivity horse after I fall off? [1:05:05]

    Thanks to Our Sponsors:

    EightSleep.com/Deep
    Blinkist.com/Deep
    Grammarly.com/Deep
    MyBodyTutor.com 


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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 198: The Second Principle of Slow Productivity

    Ep. 198: The Second Principle of Slow Productivity

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.

    Video from today’s episode:  youtube.com/calnewportmedia

    Update on Cal’s book writing [5:11]

    - LISTENER CALL: How do I get information out of my inbox? [9:59]
    - How do I choose a masters program? (RANT alert) [15:16]
    - How do you know what is enough for the next step of your career? [19:47]

    HABIT TUNE-UP: Multi-Scale Seasonality (The second principle of slow productivity)  [34:01]

    RAPID FIRE CALLS:

    - How do I improve my evening wind down routine? [40:36]
    - How do you take a Deep Holiday? [42:52]
    - How do you organize your books? [46:12]

    NEWS: A novel solution to the problems of social media [51:45]

    Can I live a Deep Life if I decide to start a family? [57:27]

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 197: I’m Writing a New Book

    Ep. 197: I’m Writing a New Book

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.

    Video from today’s episode:  youtube.com/calnewportmedia

    The Overlooked Radicalism of Tim Ferriss [13:53]

    QUESTIONS:

    - Is it time for a career change or do I just lack discipline? [37:30]
    - Do occasional leaks mean that my productivity system is broken? [46:02]
    - LISTENER CALL: How should this exhausted professorI structure her sabbatical? [50:16]

    Habit Tune-Up: The Corner Marking Method [59:03]

    - Why use a paper notebook for Time-blocking instead of an app? [1:20:58]
    - How can I do longer Deep Work sessions? [1:26:48]

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    Trybasis.com/Cal
    Wren.co/Deep
    ExpressVPN.com/Deep
    Novo.co/Deep


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

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Ep. 196: Shutting Down Anxiety

    Ep. 196: Shutting Down Anxiety

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.

    Video from today’s episode:   youtube.com/calnewportmedia

    Cal reacts to his inbox [7:48]

    QUESTIONS:

    - How do I manage a two-part workday?  [26:49]
    - How do I save my “shut down” ritual? [34:14]
    - LISTENER CALL: Should I work on challenging projects or take the easy path? [37:58]

    Cal reacts to the news: A Catholic Response to Workism [48:48]

    - How do I select projects? [1:10:51]
    - How do I tame WhatsApp with my friends and family? [1:20:51]

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    Blinkist.com/Deep
    Zocdoc.com/Deep
    Ladder.com/Deep
    AthleticGreens.com/Deep




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

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

aspiring to wellness ,

Great vision matched with practical advice

Love this podcast. Very powerful advice and thought provoking.

sergii4 ,

Was a huge fan of Cal’s book, now a fan of his podcast as well

I like Cal’s podcast because you can look deeper with him on certain focus/productity issues. Issues that you can’t solve with simple googling

Ryan Brown X ,

Has Cal become a sleazy hype-man for "woke" products?

I have been a follower of Cal's work for several years. He's a great guy. There's no question about it. I have listened to every episode of this podcast since day one. However, I have now started to resent new episode releases. Cal has become a hype-man for products I have no interest in or add any value to my life. I understand that Cal needs the money for the podcast hosting and other expenses. But, at some point, when more than 10% of the episode length is filled with stupid ads and unauthentic hype for products, I doubt Cal will use if these were not sponsored, it is now annoying AF. This podcast started with good intentions. Now, it has become a sales pitch for stupid products disguised as a productivity advice show. All is not bad from Cal. I do highly recommend his blog. That's one thing he hasn't polluted with these nonsense ads. And, I hope he keeps it that way.

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