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Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

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.

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Ep. 224: A World Without Twitter?

Get your questions answered by Cal! Here?s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

DEEP DIVE: A World Without Twitter? [7:28]
bit.ly/3hQ9Wh4

LIVE CALLER: Starting a new company alone [34:28]

- How do I (carefully) convince my employer to embrace Deep Work? [51:48]
- I just quit my job. How do I reset my life? [1:03:36]
- How do I deal with having too much freedom in my job? [1:10:09]
- CALL: Which tool should I bring when I only have room for one? [1:17:53]
- Who does Cal personally admire? [1:23:43]

THREE INTERESTING THINGS:

- A novel solution to cell phones in schools [1:41:57]
bit.ly/3i2olHd

- The age of social media ending. Welcome to my party! [1:47:19]
bit.ly/3gosVit

- Eat, pray, herd [1:50:26]
wsj.com/3tOv6za


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2022-11-28
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Ep. 223: Could This Meeting Have Been An Email?

Get your questions answered by Cal! Here?s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

DEEP DIVE: Could This Meeting Have Been An Email? [5:48]
bit.ly/3EDcuZ0

Questions for special guest host David Sax:

- Is the Light Phone worth the money? [28:38]
- How do I get started seeking higher quality leisure? [38:43]
- How do I become a successful freelance writer? [49:01]

- How do I make technical writing compelling?  [1:08:03]
- How do I kick my podcast habit while trying to work? [1:15:06]
- Do weekly plans have to cover exactly one week? [1:18:44]
- Should I join the Overemployed Underground? [1:26:36]


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2022-11-21
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Ep. 222: Did Cavemen Use To-Do Lists?

Get your questions answered by Cal! Here?s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

DEEP DIVE: Did Caveman Use To-Do Lists? [1:28]
Article Link: bit.ly/3NYRbnF

- LIVE CALL: Debating a master?s program [27:59]
- How do I practice the ?journalistic? mode of scheduling deep work? [37:32]
- How do I determine when something I?m working on is good enough? [44:20]
- Should I take two months off work to write in a cabin? [49:14]
- Is answering email quickly really a good marker of talent? [53:45]
- Is there a tutorial for Cal?s planning system? [1:00:04]
- When is the new version of the Time Block Planner coming? [1:01:34]

CASE STUDY: A Freelancer Crafts a Deep Life [1:04:18]

CAL REACTS: New Insights on Kids and Phones [1:16:33]

School Took Smartphones Away: on.wsj.com/3Trj4G3
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2022-11-14
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Ep. 221: Can Parents Do Deep Work?

Get your questions answered by Cal! Here?s the link:
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DEEP DIVE: The 20% Paradox [4:54]

- INTERVIEW with Yael Schonbrun [18:59]
- Cal and Jesse talk about Schonbrun interview [1:13:18]

MAILBAG: [1:24:00]

- Twitter is losing its most active users
https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-where-did-tweeters-go-twitter-is-losing-its-most-active-users-internal-2022-10-25/

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2022-11-07
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Ep. 220: The Two Types of Ambition

Get your questions answered by Cal! Here?s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

DEEP DIVE: The Two Types of Ambition [4:36]

- LIVE CALL: Escaping the ?Second Control Tap? [28:10]
- Can journaling make me a better writer? [53:26]
- What?s an example of a keystone habit for building community? [56:03]
- Can Cal give an example of a quarterly plan? [1:00:00]
- How does Cal choose what books to read? [1:06:16]

- What?s is Cal?s philosophy on caffeine? [1:15:12]
- How can a teenager prepare to live deeply? [1:20:59]

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2022-11-01
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Listen to This: The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

Here?s a special preview of the new season of The Happiness Lab, a podcast from Pushkin Industries. You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life? more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You?re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. She?ll take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.

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2022-10-26
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Ep. 219: The Deep Reset

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo


DEEP DIVE: The Deep Reset [8:58]


- Should I use Seinfeld?s ?Don?t Break the Chain? method? [37:48]

- Does Cal have a separate task board and weekly plan for his personal life? [42:07]

- How do I track my metrics over the long term? [47:18]

- Are Facebook and Instagram doomed? [52:25]

- CALL: Children and video games [58:47]

- When do I add a task to my list versus straight into my weekly plan? [1:07:50]


CASE STUDY: Implementing Deep Work advice [1:13:18]


MAILBAG: [1:19:40]


- Cal?s vision of the AR future as it grows closer

https://twitter.com/MKBHD/status/1580917421757587456?s=20&t=-deRWeIvOuCdPhhnAOFm9Q

- Andrew Huberman on the ?Cathedral Effect?

https://hubermanlab.com/5-science-based-steps-to-improve-your-workspace/

- Obligatory Focus Porn: Writing in an isolated hut

https://alastairhumphreys.com/important-or-urgent/



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2022-10-24
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Ep. 218: Work vs. Meaning

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

DEEP DIVE: Work vs. Meaning [4:48]

- How do I design a life I love? [33:37]
- Is it okay that I use adult coloring books? [47:19]
- Is listening to music a good source of solitude? [49:33]
- How do I enjoy the present while planning for a deeper future? [54:42]
- CALL: Should I take over my dad?s business? [1:03:24]
- How do I stop binge-watching YouTube after work? [1:12:02]
- Does Cal process his WorkingMemory.txt file to empty every day? [1:18:06]
- Does Cal keep a journal? [1:22:09]

MAILBAG: [1:29:25]

- Holly Black?s enchanted home [1:30:10] 
enchantedlivingmagazine.com/a-writers-cozy-lair/

- Bram Stoker?s ?method writing? [1:34:17]
theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/09/cutting-his-teeth-how-bram-stoker-found-his-inner-dracula-in-scotland

- A new deep life bucket [1:35:56]

- The deep life of a professional stone skipper [1:37:23]
outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/water-activities/stone-skipping-kurt-steiner/


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2022-10-17
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Ep. 217: Slow Productivity Advice

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

CAL REACTS: Brandon Sanderson?s Underground Lair [2:49]

- Was it a mistake to drop out of college? [21:49]
- What tools should I use to manage my processes? [28:47]
- CALL: Help with slow productivity [32:12]
- What hobbies will improve my concentration? [37:34]

CASE STUDY: Building a Deep Life on House Hacking (plus: thoughts on FIRE) [43:22]

- Is Cal using Zettelkasten? [58:06]
- How I schedule work with an unpredictable medical issue? [1:01:38]

Books Cal Read in September, 2022 [1:15:07]

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2022-10-10
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Ep. 216: Deep Walking To Work Less

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

- Interesting Mail Bag [7:10]

- Does walking help or hurt my work? [25:01]
- How do I tame the flow of work from outside teams? [29:10]
- Do performers need an active social media presence? [33:12]
- CALL: Should Robert keep on a writing role? [35:18]
- CALL: Should Robert be worried about his full-time job discovering his side job? [39:18]
- Are newsletters the new blogs? [44:34]
- How can I prevent my law clients from interrupting me so much? [53:33]
- Is Cal?s prediction about the rise of virtual screens a ?hellscape?? [56:22]

- CASE STUDY: What should I put on my new website? [1:10:46]

- How do I complete things on time? [1:18:04]
- How do I take notes on a complicated project? [1:19:56]
- How can I buckle down and finish my novel? [1:22:17]

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2022-10-03
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Ep. 215: RYAN HOLIDAY: Discipline Is Destiny

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

- INTERVIEW with Ryan Holiday [10:00]
- Cal and Jesse talk about Holiday interview [1:13:57]

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2022-09-26
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Ep. 214: Quiet Quitting

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

- Deep Dive: Quiet Quitting [4:00]

- How can I motivate my kids to have Cal?s work ethic? [24:28]
- What are Cal?s tips for writing better articles? [34:48]
- Are someday/maybe lists worth it? [44:33]
- How can a researcher embrace slow productivity? [48:24]
- Why did Cal switch from Roam to Obsidian note-taking software? [53:47]

CASE STUDY: A World Without Email got my team through a crisis [57:01]

- How can I concentrate on work with so many bad things happening in the world? [1:09:31]
- What if I don?t enjoy the deep life I designed? [1:20:16]

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2022-09-19
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Ep. 213: The Art Of Saying No

- Deep Dive: The art of ?no? [7:06]

- CALL: Anxiety and timeblock planning [27:38] 
- How do I choose a hobby to master? [37:01]
- Should I leave my job? [43:31]
- How do I break into a knowledge work? [49:00]
- How do I overcome career anxiety? [53:55]
 
CASE STUDY: Closet Office [1:05:10]

- CALL: Thoughts on Monday.com [1:13:38]
- What?s the difference between a quarterly and strategic plan? [1:21:45]
- How do I figure out my values? [1:23:10]

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

2022-09-12
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Ep. 212: The Productivity Dragon Returns

- Deep Dive: Will 4-Day Weeks Solve Burnout? [7:01]

- How do I know if I?m doing too much? [24:03]
- Who invented the idea to ?follow your passion?? [34:11]
- How can an ER doctor manage his schedule? [41:46]
- CALL: How do you know when it?s time to rest? [45:48]
- Nerd Alert: Is the future of computing more local? [49:59]

- Books Cal read in August 2022 [59:31]

- CALL: What watch does Cal use? [1:16:51]
- How do I create a Feedback Council? [1:25:04]
- Did Jordan Peterson and Bret Weinstein get weirder after leaving academia? [1:28:06]

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

2022-09-05
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Ep. 211: How Cal Organizes His Life

- Deep Dive: How does Cal organize his life? [4:47]

- How do I improve my estimates of how long a task will take?  [27:49]
- How does Cal feel about open office spaces? [30:01] 
- Does listening to a podcast count as reading? [40:54]
- How do I plan a wedding without drowning in minutia? [43:40]
- I lost my love for work. Should I try to get it back? [50:03]

- Does Cal struggle with comparing himself to others? [59:18]
- How do I reset my ambitions after buring out? [1:08:06]

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2022-08-29
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Ep. 210: Visions of a Deep Life

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DEEP DIVE: Loops, Networks, and Links [5:32]

DEEP WORK QUESTIONS

- How do I track a long-term project? [30:52]
- How often should I check email? [36:23]
- How do I get my workplace to be less ?hyperactive?? [42:14]

LISTENER CASE STUDY: Diane rents an office near her house [46:08]

DEEP LIFE ACADEMY: Lifestyle-centric career planning [53:39]

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2022-08-22
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Ep. 209: Email and Living with Purpose

Click Here To Take Cal?s Survey: https://bit.ly/3zMTLXp

Cal reacts to the news: TikTok and the Fall of the Social Media Giants [3:05]

- How long should I wait for someone to respond to my email? [32:21]
- Do you recommend having multiple email accounts? [35:21]
- Is there a place for ?Inbox Zero? in Cal?s productivity system? [38:15]

Habit Tune-Up: Docket Clearing Meetings [44:44]

- How do I balance my many interests after quitting my job? [55:33]
- Why am I stuck in my pursuit of depth?  [1:01:30]
- How can we convince the masses to live deeper? [1:06:57]

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2022-08-15
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Ep. 208: To-Do Lists Are Inhumane

Habit Tune-Up: To-Do Lists Are Inhumane [2:03]

- Is distracted deep work the same as shallow work? [18:10]
- How does Cal do quarterly reviews? [23:03]
- What should I include in my quarterly plan? [25:03]
- How do I save my failing productivity system? [27:34]
- Can I sell a book without social media? [36:12]

The Five Books Cal Read in July 2022  [47:56]

- How do I manage the anxiety of not achieving a goal? [1:11:22]
- How do I handle having too many ideas? [1:15:05]

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2022-08-08
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Ep. 207: A Digital Minimalism Intervention (w/ JAMIE KILSTEIN)

In today?s episode, we try something different: a special two-part conversation in which Cal coaches his longtime friend, comedian and podcast pioneer Jamie Kilstein, through a digital declutter. The first part of the conversation ends with Cal?s prescription for Jamie, while the second part picks up six weeks later to check in on how things actually went.


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2022-08-02
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Ep 206 ? Striving to do less

With Cal away on vacation, he decides to tackle 8 questions in a row, all in one take, with no breaks!
 
Ian Fleming?s writing process [1:13]
 
- How can I get a tech job without credentials? [8:04]
- How do I make progress on tasks in a chaotic job? [10:52]
- Why do you have a problem with social media? [16:07]
- What should I do to succeed in my first internship? [24:16]
- What does Cal think about YouTube shorts? [26:37]
- Is it possible to avoid studying all the time in medical school? [29:14]
- What do you think of Oliver Burkeman?s work on productivity in Four Thousand Weeks? [37:51]
- Can I maintain a social life if I move to the country? [43:41]
 
 
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2022-07-25
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Ep. 205: Why I?m a Bad Correspondent

With Jesse away on vacation, Cal decides to tackle 10 questions in a row, all in one take, with no breaks, covering everything from complaints about Cal?s inaccessibility, to teaching deep work in schools, to a long pontification (read: rant) on the podcasting industry.

- Finding time to self-study [5:38]
- Why Cal is a bad correspondent [11:44]
- Can everyone become so good they can?t be ignored? [25:32]
- Should temperament affect job choice? [29:06]
- Teaching deep work in schools [33:20]
- When does Cal listen to podcasts? [37:46]
- How do I succeed in podcasting? [38:57]
- Why is Cal so contrarian? [56:22]
- How do I stay a digital minimalist after having a baby? [59:31]
- How do I teach my family and friends about the deep life? [1:02:23]

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2022-07-18
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Ep. 204: Deep Life Principles

Cal Reacts: A slow productivity case study [5:19]

- What do you think about planning two weeks out instead of one? [25:52]
- How can I brainwash my little brother to make him not follow his passion? [32:43]
- Improving at deliberate practice with a slow feedback loop [42:33]
- How can I stop overthinking? [49:53]

The Six Books Cal Read in June 2022 [54:48]

- Slow productivity and billable hours [1:20:24]
- What are the key principles of living the deep life? [1:24:21]

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2022-07-11
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Ep. 203: Taming Meetings

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: Journalists and Twitter [3:26]

- When should kids get smartphones? [28:08]
- What age should my kids start coding? [37:51]
- How can a non-native English speaker widen his vocabulary for scientific writing? [46:21]

Habit Tune-Up: Cal?s toolbox for taming meetings [47:25]

- What should I read while waiting in line? [1:08:29]
- Are some people not wired to focus? [1:11:39]

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2022-07-04
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Ep. 202: TikTok Dismisses Facebook

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: TikTok Dismisses Facebook [10:40]

- Should I get a PhD in my 50?s? [32:29]
- Do I need two shutdowns if I work on my side hustle in the evening? [40:21]
- Good life vs. Deep life [44:39]

Habit Tune-up: Process-Centric Email [49:49]

- How can I succeed in an academic profession after a lackluster start? [1:07:16]
- Helping young men live deeply  [1:15:07]

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2022-06-27
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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]

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2022-06-20
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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]

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2022-06-13
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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]

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2022-06-10
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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.

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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]

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

2022-05-30
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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.

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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]

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

2022-05-23
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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.

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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]

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2022-05-15
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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.

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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]


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2022-05-09
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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.

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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]


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2022-05-02
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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.

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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]


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

2022-04-25
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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.

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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]   


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2022-04-21
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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.

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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]


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2022-04-18
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Ep. 190: CALLS: Managing Idea Notebooks

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

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CAL REACTS TO THE NEWS : Elon Joins the Twitter Board [1:32]

QUESTIONS:

- Managing idea notebooks [24:19]
- Doctor who wants to learn advanced math  [29:56]
- Obsessed with instant messaging [34:17]
- Tempering a racing mind [47:35]
- Selecting good keystone habits [54:50]


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2022-04-14
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Ep. 189: Why Did The Times Drop Twitter?

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: The Times Drops Twitter [4:21]

QUESTIONS:

- Is the hyperactive hive mind ever beneficial? [26:52]
- How do I survive a really busy week? [36:49]
- Should I quit my executive job to write a book?  [42:48]
- Do you have suggestions for improving the trade-off between teaching vs. scholarship obligations? [54:11]
- How do you approach complexity? [57:34]


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2022-04-11
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Ep. 188: The Books I Read in March 2022

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

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OPENING SEGMENT: The Books I Read in March, 2022  [2:05]

- Cal?s frameworks [16:48]
- Time blocking beyond work [26:05]
- How to structure all-day studying [33:53]
- Handling boredom [38:16]
- Deep Work vs. YouTube [48:08]


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2022-04-07
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Ep. 187: Helping 100K Employees Work Deeper

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

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DEEP DIVE: Quick Social Media (Revisiting my Viral 2017 Talk) [4:50]


DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

- Does career capital theory assume meritocracy? [30:31]
- Is there a middle ground between shallow and deep work? [34:35]
- What tools can help my 100,000 employees be more productive? [37:38]

DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

- Is the Deep Life privileged? [47:17]
- When is ?left to right? planning preferred? [1:07:10]


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2022-04-04
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Ep. 186: The Power of ?Day Batching?

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

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- Is ?day batching? a good idea? [16:38]
- Sustainable time-blocking [24:28]
- Earning money versus building things [33:45]
- Escaping a dead end career [48:19]
- Reading deeply and quickly [53:42]

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2022-03-31
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Ep. 185: How Do I Escape Filter Bubbles?

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: Is Friction Bad? [5:27]


DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

- Should a stay-at-home parent pursue deep work? [21:32]
- How do we combat administrative creep? [29:20]
- Has Cal changed his mind on optimal duration of deep work sessions? [39:00]

DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

- Should we all practice Shabbat? [44:05]
- Why do I keep failing to complete my digital detox? [52:13]
- How do I escape filter bubbles? [56:06]

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2022-03-28
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Ep. 184: REPLAY: The Productivity Baby Steps

This episode is a replay from July 12, 2021.

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


- Breaking up big projects into small tasks. [5:33]
- The productivity baby steps (epic answer alert). [10:12]
- Taming late night meetings. [27:16]
- Best book of mine for college students. [36:34]
- Shutdown routines with unpredictable schedules. [40:17]


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2022-03-24
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Ep. 183: Crazy or Deep?

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

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DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

- How do I ?practice? my job? [12:41]
- Does software with too many features distract us? [22:12}
- How can an overloaded minister juggle the demands of people and planning? [31:24]
- Should I stop teaching my stock investing course to get better at investing at stocks? (Bonus rant: why you?re not going to beat the stock market) [43:42]
- What lessons for life can we extract from the military experience? [45:47]

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2022-03-21
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Ep. 182: Cal?s Business Model

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

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Update on Cal?s writing [0:43]

- Tips for preparing for an upcoming training. [19:32]
- Your business model. [24:06]
- Managing guiding documents. [35:26]
- Becoming a better writer. [44:21]
- Curing deep procrastination. [51:02]


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2022-03-17
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Ep. 181: Should I Quit My Lawyer Job?

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


CORE IDEA: The Case Against Email [2:52]


DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

- How do I balance writing and marketing? [30:32]
- How do I find time to time an overwhelming work load? [36:10]
- How do I work even deeper? [40:22]
- Should I read before or after I write? [45:51]


DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS:

- Deep living in retirement? [53:07]
- Should I quit my lawyer job? [55:24]
- Does context switching reduce reading comprehension? [1:07:32]
- Does Nicholas Carr?s hyperlink critique hold up? [1:08:15]


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2022-03-14
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Ep. 180: CALLS: Four Day Weeks Aren?t Enough

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:  https://youtube.com/calnewportmedia

- Article challenging Cal?s take on productivity. [17:07]
- Alternatives to Cal?s career capital theory. [29:58]
- Cal?s thoughts on shorter work weeks. [37:53]
- Obsessive reading.  [51:59]


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2022-03-10
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Ep. 179: Do Techniques Beat Talent?

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

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The Books I Read in February 2022 [4:45]


DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

- Can you implement Cal?s productivity tips without time-blocking? [32:46]
- Does technique beat talent? [37:28]
- Do you recommend multiple email accounts for someone who works at different institutions? [43:12]
- Can intense collaborative work be considered deep? [44:52]


DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS:

- Are podcasts good for you? [52:11]
- Can you elaborate on concentration calisthenics? [57:29]


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2022-03-07
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Ep. 178: CALLS: On Doing Hard Things

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DEEP DIVE: On Doing Hard Things [4:42]

LISTENER CALLS:

- People who are bad at planning [31:56]
- What did Cal learn from his mom the computer programmer [40:42]
- Students working on weekends [45:49]
- Living a deep life with anxiety (warning: lecture alert) [56:52]


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2022-03-03
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Ep. 177: Is Ambition Worth It?

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

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DEEP DIVE: Is Ambition Worth It? [2:45]


DEEP WORK QUESTIONS:

- Should you ditch your to-do list with slow productivity mindset? [27:20]
- What should I do while waiting for code to compile? [33:20]
- What do you do when you get tired? [36:26]
- How do I succeed as a postdoc? [39:17]
- What do you eat to support Deep Work? [42:04]
- What is your updated advice about ?temporary plans?? [49:53]


DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS:

- How do I balance deep work personal pursuits? [56:35]
- At what age will Cal allow his kids to have phones and social media? [1:00:11]
- Is Cal?s outlook on the future too optimistic? [1:02:52]
- I followed my passion. Am I screwed? [1:08:51]


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2022-02-28
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Ep. 176: CALLS: Taming Information Overload

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

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DEEP DIVE: Is TikTok a Good Thing? [2:47]


CALLS:

- Deep work for sales. [16:10]
- Where to find arguments I disagree with. [20:18]
- Little bets. [25:37]
- Taming information overload. [39:45]
- Minimalism as a med student. [48:56]


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2022-02-24
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