290 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

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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. 289: The Email Catastrophe

    Ep. 289: The Email Catastrophe

    How did we end up tyrannized by our inboxes? How is this related to Tyrannosaurus? What was it like working at a high-tech company at the exact moment email was introduced? In this episode, Cal weaves together all these questions into a story about the unexpected ways technology impacts our lives and what we can do after the fact to make things better.

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo

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

    Deep Dive: The Email Catastrophe [3:47]

    - How do I deal with email overload in a government job? [45:34]
    - How do I deal with an employer who demands constant responsiveness?[55:36]
    - How can I concentrate when coding when I need to use my web browser? [58:27]
    - How do I overcome my fear of missing important emails? [1:02:35]
    - CALL: Can slow productivity work for an academic? [1:06:38]

    CAL REACTS: Reader Comments on his NYT Op-Ed [1:17:47]

    Links:
    newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-diedpnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1817407116newyorker.com/magazine/1994/01/10/e-mail-from-bill-gatesblog.rescuetime.com/communication-multitasking-switches/nytimes.com/2024/02/16/opinion/creative-work-productivity-seasonality.htmlUse this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”: peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/ FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”: calnewport.com/slow  
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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep. 288: Confronting Your Phone

    Ep. 288: Confronting Your Phone

    We’ve become so used to our phones in our lives that we’ve stopped realizing how arbitrary and unusual the content we’re watching really has become. In this episode, Cal looks closer at what we’re really spending time doing on our phones, then provides step-by-step instructions for healing this relationship. 

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

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

    Deep Dive: Confronting Your Phone [4:30]

    - What does Cal think about Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves To Death”? [28:35]
    - Can you pursue high quality leisure after a day filled with deep work? [33:14]
    - Can commercial breaks be used for high quality leisure? [37:24]
    - Will digital minimalism work in an age of augmented reality? [40:34]
    - How can a full time YouTuber practice digital minimalism? [46:53]
    -CALL: How to share content online? [52:38]

    CASE STUDY: Cost-benefit analysis of technology usage [1:00:39]

    CAL REACTS: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Search for Depth [1:06:43]

    Links:
    twitter.com/explore/tabs/trending
    instagram.com/explore/tags/popular/?hl=en
    tiktok.com/foryou?lang=en
    newcriterion.com/blogs/dispatch/the-consolations-of-fantasy
    Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”:
    peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/
    FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”:
    calnewport.com/slow

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

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

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep. 287: Minimalist Notes

    Ep. 287: Minimalist Notes

    A deep life requires that you encounter and make sense of a large amount of incoming information, from narrow data relevant to a professional project, to broad insights into your purpose. How do you keep track of all of this? In this episode, Cal proposes a minimalist approach aimed at minimizing the friction required to keep tabs on what matters.

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

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

    Deep Dive: How to track information that matters [2:55]

    - How should I make use of non-cognitive time? [27:37]
    - Can people with ADHD become better at learning? [32:49]
    - What does Cal think of Gloria Mark’s “4 myths of attention span”? [36:31]
    - How can I concentrate on my dissertation when I have a full-time job? [47:04]
    - How can I stop wasting my afternoon time blocks? [53:20]
    - CALL: How can I better organize my idea notebooks? [1:01:38]

    CASE STUDY: Avoiding the hyperactive hive mind to work more efficiently [1:05:46]   

    CAL REACTS: Is it bad to be slow? [1:13:46]

    Links:
    dailystoic.com/try-not-to-be-so-slow/
    gloriamark.com/attention-span

    Use this link to preorder a signed copy of “Slow Productivity”:
    peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/

    FREE download excerpt and 2 Bonuses for “Slow Productivity”:
    calnewport.com/slow

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    grammarly.com/podcast
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    cozyearth.com (promo code “cal”)
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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 286: Rethinking Self Help

    Ep. 286: Rethinking Self Help

    A key step in cultivating a deep life is reflecting on what matters to you and the best strategies for pursuing it. This, in turn, requires that you engage in the consumption of some manner of self help. It’s here that many people sell themselves short, limiting this intake to short videos and the occasional advice guide. In today’s episode, Cal talks about cultivating a much richer approach to self-help in which you’re able to take in wisdom from a variety of sources of various levels of sophistication.

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo

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

    Deep Dive: Rethinking Self Help [3:21]

    - How can I prevent hard tasks from derailing my productivity systems? [38:47]
    - Should I get ahead in my career with a project that I hate? [47:54]
    - How can I make progress on my novel when my day job drains me? [52:39]
    - Is there such a thing as too much deep work? [59:32]
    - CALL: Will short deep work sessions work to write effectively? [1:12:17]

    CASE STUDY: Reducing stress with slow productivity [1:18:40] 

    The 5 Books Cal Read in January 2024 [1:30:22] 

    Links:
    https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/preorder-slow-productivity/
    FREE Download  for “Slow Productivity”: www.calnewport.com/slow

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

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

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ep. 285: The Productivity Paradox

    Ep. 285: The Productivity Paradox

    One of the more interesting realities of people who live remarkable lives is that they are often much less busy than the rest of us. In this episode, Cal explores three ideas that help explain why this is true, then explains how we can use these ideas to reduce our own workloads.

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

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

    Deep Dive: The Productivity Paradox [7:31]

    - How does a weekly plan work? [32:26]
    - Do errands or reading count toward fixed schedule productivity? [36:55]
    - How should a graduate embrace slow productivity? [40:11]
    - If I embrace slow productivity, how can I be sure I’m doing enough? [41:54]
    - Did Cal follow Slow Productivity in his 20’s? [47:45]
    - CALL: Uprooting a good planning system? [53:23]

    CASE STUDY: Playing video games with intention [58:05]

    CAL REACTS:  How to Have a Productive Year [1:06:34]

    Links:
    calnewport.com/if-youre-busy-youre-doing-something-wrong-the-surprisingly-relaxed-lives-of-elite-achievers/
    newyorker.com/culture/office-space/how-to-have-a-more-productive-year
    FREE Download  for “Slow Productivity”: calnewport.com/slow

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

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

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 284: Feel-Good Productivity (w/ Ali Abdaal)

    Ep. 284: Feel-Good Productivity (w/ Ali Abdaal)

    Call talks with Ali Abdaal about his journey from doctor to YouTube sensation, and then dives deep into Ali’s new book, “Feel-Good Productivity,” and the possibilities of making accomplishment something enjoyable.

    Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

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

    INTERVIEW: YouTube Star Ali Abdaal [3:41]

    Cal Reacts: Dissecting Ali’s YouTube career path [1:32:27]

    Links:

    FREE download for “Slow Productivity”: calnewport.com/slow

    Thanks to our Sponsors:

    expressvpn.com/deep
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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, Kieron Rees for slow productivity music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

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Best Productivity and Deep Work Podcast

This podcast is a great addition to Cal's books to help offer guidance for productivity and the deep life.

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This show has helped me start over in life, each episode packed with such wisdom and actionable steps. Highly recommended.

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