196 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

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. 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
    Ep. 195: Deep Walks

    Ep. 195: Deep Walks

    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: His latest article for The New Yorker [16:06]

    QUESTIONS:

    - How do I balance my walking ‘modes’ when living a Deep Life? [39:43]
    - Why not recommend time-blocking for leisure? [44:09]
    - LISTENER CALL: How do I avoid my phone when I’m tired? [46:57]

    HABIT  TUNE-UP: WorkingMemory.txt

    - LISTENER CALL: How does a manager do Deep Work? [1:10:28]
    - Where do you put your extended thoughts about your life? [1:19:52]


    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    ExpressVPN.com/Deep
    MyBodyTutor.com
    Grammarly.com/Deep
    Stamps.com


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

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 194: The Surprising Math of Doing Less

    Ep. 194: The Surprising Math of Doing Less

    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: The Surprising Math of Doing Less [8:58]

    QUESTIONS:

    - How do I improve my discipline?  [26:16]
    - How do you break down a complicated problem? [37:20]
    - LISTENER CALL: Has Cal read “Stolen Focus”? [40:27]

    The Books I Read in April 2022 [46:41]

    - LISTENER CALL: Playbook for writing in The New Yorker [1:12:37]


    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    Blinkist.com/Deep
    AthleticGreens.com/Deep
    PolicyGenius.com
    MagicSpoon.com/Deep


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

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep. 193: How do I read more?

    Ep. 193: How do I read more?

    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 THE NEWS [8:05]

    QUESTIONS:

    - How do I read more?  [45:35]
    - Rapid Fire: TV, Email, and Journaling [54:44]
    - Listener Call: How is a weekly plan different than what’s in Trello? [59:33]

    HABIT TUNE-UP: Fixed-Schedule Productivity [1:06:07]

    - Listener Call: How would Cal design a university? [1:19:47]
    - Should college students avoid social media? [1:29:58]


    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    Zocdoc.com/Deep
    Magicmind.co/Deep
    Novo.co/Deep
    Blinkist.com/Deep



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

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ep. 192 : Habit Tune-Up Returns!

    Ep. 192 : Habit Tune-Up Returns!

    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: The Crypto Question No One is Asking [1:43]

    QUESTIONS:

    - Should I be productive or bill more hours? [24:51]
    - Can someone with ADHD succeed with Deep Work? [28:44]
    - Can I find depth if I have roommates? [33:12]
    - How do I track more publications? [37:49]
    - I can’t time-block. What should I do? [43:33]
    - How do I tame Netflix? [47:19]
    - How does Cal come up with ideas? [55:04]
    - How do I shorten weekly planning sessions? [58:26]   


    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    Headspace.com/Questions
    LadderLife.com/Deep
    AthleticGreens.com/Deep
    Blinkist.com/Deep



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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 191: Can We Fix the Internet?

    Ep. 191: Can We Fix the Internet?

    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

    QUESTIONS:

    - How do I stick with just one organization system? [3:38]
    - How do I maintain a routine in a job with wildly changing demands? [9:00]
    - Cal Reacts to the News: Is Twitter Ruining Society? [23:30]
    - How do I apply your ideas to skilled labor? [44:14]
    - How do I cure my current feeling of burnout? [49:25]
    - Should I focus on process or results-focused goals? [1:01:51]


    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    Blinkist.com/Deep
    AthleticGreens.com/Deep
    LadderLife.com/Deep
    Headspace.com/Questions



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

    • 1 hr 4 min

Top Podcasts In Technology

Lex Fridman
Packet Pushers Interactive LLC
The Packet Pushers Team
Packet Pushers Interactive LLC
Packet Pushers Interactive LLC
Recode

You Might Also Like

Greg McKeown
Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig
Daily Stoic
Farnam Street
The Art of Manliness
Naval