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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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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. 132: LISTENER CALLS: Managing Non-Work Tasks

    Ep. 132: LISTENER CALLS: Managing Non-Work Tasks

    OPENING RANT: Facebook Knows It's Hurting Teenagers [3:22]

    LISTENER CALLS:

     - Interfacing with the hive mind. [17:45]
     - The relationship between tasks and daily plans. [24:58]
     - My weekly planning ritual. [31:04]
     - Discovering books. [39:42]
     - How I manage my non-work tasks. [46:25]

    • 52 min
    Ep. 131: The Elements of the Deep Life

    Ep. 131: The Elements of 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.


    ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm hiring! [0:20]


    DEEP DIVE: The Elements of the Deep Life [3:51]


    DEEP WORK QUESTIONS
     - How should I get started in a new remote work job? [16:56]
     - How I time block a purely reactive job? [21:56]
     - Should I bother capturing tasks that are fast to complete? [25:26]
     - How do I tame multiple concurrent projects? [29:00]
     - How do I schedule optional deep work in an exhausting job? [31:58]



    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS
     - How much time is left for family after goals and deep work? [38:32]
     - Is there such a thing as deep fun? [41:20]
     - I am addicted to my phone. What do I do? [43:24]
     - How do I make a big life decision when I have lots of options? [49:11]


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

    • 56 min
    Ep. 130: LISTENER CALLS: Leadership vs. Availability

    Ep. 130: LISTENER CALLS: Leadership vs. Availability

    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.


    - Balancing availability and depth as a leader. [5:12]
    - Being available to students without being overwhelmed. [12:08]
    - Rapid fire questions (each answer under 1 minute). [18:18]
         -- Working eight hours in a row.
         -- Quarterly plan format.
         -- Reading metrics.
    - Sticking to a schedule once made. [26:36]
    - Keeping up with an academic literature. [30:24]
    - Taking breaks between big projects. [35:20]


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

    • 41 min
    Ep. 129: How Do I Get My Kid Off His Smartphone?

    Ep. 129: How Do I Get My Kid Off His Smartphone?

    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: Is Organization the Opiate of the Knowledge Work Masses? [1:02]


    DEEP WORK QUESTIONS

     - How do I choose skills to work deeply on? [15:18]
     - What if I don't know what I want to do with my career or life? [20:11]
     - How do I stop my students from overwhelming me right before deadlines? [23:38]
     - When should you say "no" to interesting projects? [27:13]
     - How do I preserve deep work now that I'm back in a real offie? [30:08]


    DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

     - What are my (Cal) plans regarding my next book? [40:50]
     - Would I (Cal) consider interviewing my wife? [41:32]
     - What are the origins of my (Cal) ideas on leisure? [44:12]
     - How do we get our 13-year-old off his iPhone? [50:31]


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

    • 58 min
    Ep. 128: LISTENER CALLS: The Art of "No"

    Ep. 128: LISTENER CALLS: The Art of "No"

    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: My new reading habit [6:53]

    LISTENER CALLS:

     - Retaining information from books. [11:16]
     - The value of an agile personal productivity system. [18:33]
     - An impractical vision for a highly productive building. [26:16]
     - Marketing a course without social media. [37:45]
     - The art of "no". [43:14]



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

    • 54 min
    Ep. 127: Does Productivity Diminish Leisure? (with Brad Stulberg)

    Ep. 127: Does Productivity Diminish Leisure? (with Brad Stulberg)

    In today's episode, I am joined by longtime friend of the show Brad Stulberg, who has a new book out called THE PRACTICE OF GROUNDEDNESS (https://thegrowtheq.com/books/groundedness/).

    Brad helps me answer your questions on topics including the decision to start a company, recovering from a pandemic-induced demotion, preventing productivity from diminishing leisure, and dealing with inertia. 

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

    • 1 hr 27 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!

mateo36 ,

Perfect booster shot to reinforce lessons learned

If I woke up tomorrow with photographic memory, I'd re-read all of Cal's books. In the meantime, I'll rely on the podcast to remind and reinforce all the lessons I've picked up over the years from Mr. Newport.

It's also been the perfect artifical WFH-era commute podcast to help my brain shift from work-mode to home mode.

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