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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

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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.

    Ep. 140: LISTENER CALLS: Frustration and the Deep Life

    Ep. 140: LISTENER CALLS: Frustration 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.


    DEEP DIVE: Smartphones and moral panics. [3:43]


    LISTENER CALLS:
     - Scheduling when you've fallen behind. [12:29]
     - Squandering autonomy. [18:06]
     - Hacking habits and the shortcomings of raw discipline. [26:11]
     - Tenure and valuable skills. [31:38]
     - Adding more to your plate without it tipping over. [36:24]
     - Frustration and the Deep Life (and an update on my next book). [42:41]


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

    • 48 min
    Ep. 139: Am I Good at Time Management or Just Lazy?

    Ep. 139: Am I Good at Time Management or Just Lazy?

    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: Will Offices Survive the Pandemic? [6:01]


    DEEP WORK QUESTIONS
     - How do I practice my writing better? [22:07]
     - Is it harder to write a dissertation or a book? [25:08]
     - Will 10-minute sitting breaks destroy my concentration? [29:04]
     - Am I good at time management or just lazy? [35:52]
     - How do I get the most out of an assistant who handles my inbox? [40:24]



    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS
     - How do I structure all my leisure time when I have no kids? [44:13]
     - Is digital nomadism making a comeback? [46:53]
     - Are RSS feeds a good alternative to social media? [52:37]
     - How do I find fellow Deep Questions listeners to hang out with? [58:49]


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

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 138: LISTENER CALLS: How I Read So Much

    Ep. 138: LISTENER CALLS: How I Read So Much

    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.


     - Interacting with potential clients while avoiding constant distraction. [2:10]
     - Self-promotion without social media. [8:21]
     - Dealing with an overflowing "to read" folder. [13:19]
     - Correcting weekly plan drift. [18:13]
     - The secrets of my high-volume reading. [22:47]
     - Personal vs. organizational productivity. [27:29]
     - Balancing deep and shallow work. [36:10]


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

    • 51 min
    Ep. 137: Why Am I Uncomfortable With Facebook Backlash?

    Ep. 137: Why Am I Uncomfortable With Facebook Backlash?

    DEEP DIVE: Why Am I Uncomfortable With Facebook Backlash? [1:16]


    DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

     - How do I work deeper in a job that is inherently fractured? [17:29]
     - How do I switch tasks without everything going to hell? [23:21]
     - How do I build relationships with colleagues if I prioritize deep work? [26:50]
     - How can I reduce the craziness of my college schedule? [33:39]


    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS:
     - How can I relaxed if I'm extremely driven? [38:49]
     - Can on lead a life as a recognized intellectual outside of academia? [42:48]
     - How do I get better at thinking critically? [47:38]

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 136: LISTENER CALLS: Reversing Burnout

    Ep. 136: LISTENER CALLS: Reversing Burnout

    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.


    OPENING: Some Thoughts on Slow Productivity. [0:21]

    LISTENER CALLS

     - Taming client email as a busy lawyer.[3:44]
     - How I maintain my systems. [11:42]
     - The danger of too much productivity. [[17:02]
     - Benjamin Franklin, tedious Harvard types, and awe. [22:54]
     - Students and theory. [34:12]
     - Reversing burnout. [38:05]

    • 54 min
    Ep. 135: Is Screen Time Bad?

    Ep. 135: Is Screen Time Bad?

    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 do virtual office hours work with multiple participants? [4:26]
      - Is time spent in front of a computer screen bad (bonus rant: we work too much!)? [8:18]
      - How do I remember goals when I'm in danger of distraction? [14:20]
      - Why do I ignore monthly planning? [16:26]
      - How do I survive running two companies? [18:08]
      - How do I make my YouTube channel popular? [22:43]
      - How should I train new hires? [27:09]
      - How do I avoid getting stuck waiting for a needed response? [30:43]


    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

      - Can I (Cal) give feedback to all submitted questions [32:48]
      - Can my (Cal) philosophy be summarized as "deep intentionalism"? [34:33]
      - Which phones and phone apps do you use? [37:18]
      - What are some ideas for keystone habits in the creativity bucket? [38:41]
      - How should a college student approach digital minimalism? [43:17]


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

    • 51 min

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Camille Virginia ,

Cal's depth and insight is incredibly refreshing

I've been following Cal's work for years, beginning with Deep Work - a book which helped me write three of my own book in under 6 month using the techniques from his. I even quote him in one, because he's that awesome. He brings deeply insightful questions (and holds the space for great answers from his guests) in every episode. No matter which topic comes up, he has a unique perspective that always gets me thinking a little differently from the norm - which is very refreshing. Highly recommended!

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