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.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon Jul 22 2024

Ep. 310: Rethinking Discipline

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This episode explores the importance of discipline, resisting temptations, coping with stress, and creating intentional workspaces. Cal Newport shares insights on productive meditation, neuroscience behind motivation, and the role of cognitive maps. Trevor Kashi provides strategies for weight loss through stress management. The episode also delves into the significance of goals, effort, and productivity. It concludes with discussions on reducing phone usage and the writing spaces of Herman Melville.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon Jul 15 2024

Ep. 309: Deep Habits

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The episode covers various strategies for improving productivity, finding meaning, and balancing work and pleasure. It explores the benefits of small habits, recovery blocks, work quotas, and coordination Mondays. The importance of deep work, discipline, and avoiding distractions is emphasized. The role of dopamine in satisfaction and strategies for prioritization are discussed. Additionally, the episode delves into crafting a fulfilling life and managing kids' social media use.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon Jul 08 2024

Ep. 308: The Power of the Quiet Mind

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This podcast episode explores the impact of technology on deep work, the importance of the quiet brain state, and practical strategies for regaining depth in life. It also covers improving focus and productivity, effective project management, work-life balance, and book recommendations. The episode provides concrete advice on how to create space for quiet brain time and offers insights on balancing personal growth with career advancements.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon Jun 03 2024

Ep. 303: The Problem with Grand Goals

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The episode covers various topics including navigating new technology while maintaining humanity, cultivating a deep life with intention and purpose, and strategies for living intentionally. It also explores the concept of slow productivity and features book reviews and recommendations. The episode concludes with insights on the clash between different mindsets and the importance of prioritizing what truly matters in crafting an ideal lifestyle vision.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon May 27 2024

Ep. 302: Re-Enchanting Work

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This episode explores the benefits of changing your work environment for improved productivity, optimizing work habits, making intentional career choices, and organizing effectively. It emphasizes the importance of finding inspiring locations for work, integrating healthy habits into daily routines, and focusing on meaningful tasks. The episode also discusses the challenges of remote work and the need to measure productivity based on outcomes rather than superficial metrics.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon May 20 2024

Ep. 301: Reclaiming Time and Focus (w/ Jordan Harbinger)

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The podcast episode features an interview with Cal Newport conducted by Jordan Harbinger on the topic of slow productivity. The episode explores the negative impact of overload and administrative tasks on productivity during the pandemic. It discusses the emergence of 'quiet quitting' and other disruptive sentiments within knowledge work. The principles of slow productivity in knowledge work are examined, along with the culture of pseudo productivity. The episode also delves into the escalation of knowledge work and the impact of the pandemic, as well as effective workload management strategies and innovations in various professions. It explores alternative work structures and balancing income with time off, and provides insights on managing communication and taking breaks for productivity. The importance of enhancing creativity, quality, and work-life balance is emphasized, along with the significance of delivering high-quality work and setting boundaries. Finally, it highlights the importance of prioritizing mental health and personal well-being.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon May 13 2024

Ep. 300: Hidden Technology Traps

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This episode covers various topics related to academic ranks, challenges in advancing nuanced arguments, the importance of solitude for professional success, technological obstacles to professional development, strategies for overcoming excessive technology use, prioritizing meaningful activities and digital decluttering, tips for successful completion and lifestyle-centric planning, long-term vision and lifestyle-centric planning, building a meaningful college experience, practical tips for deep work and monotasking, and recreating Mexico City in the 1500s.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon May 06 2024

Ep. 299: Our Love/Hate Relationship with Personal Productivity

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The episode explores the evolution of book promotion, shifts in productivity literature, introduction of stress-free productivity, and the transition towards simplification and minimalism. It delves into finding meaning in student life, deconstructing productivity, and the productivity critique movement. The episode also covers effective knowledge management, building the skill of deep work, intentional living, and choosing sustainable status. Book recommendations and reviews are discussed, along with insights on running and philosophy.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon Apr 29 2024

Ep. 298: Rethinking Attention

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The episode explores the philosophy of intentional information consumption and its impact on the quality of life. It discusses how technology shapes our understanding of information and offers principles for intentional information intake. The episode also covers the benefits of handwriting, lifestyle-centric planning, and the concept of a gap year. It delves into the ideas of Byung-Chul Han on consumer economy and productivity, as well as the concept of slow productivity and its relation to timekeeping.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Mon Apr 22 2024

Ep. 297: The Deep Life Hardware

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The podcast episode focuses on cultivating a deep life in a distracted world. It covers topics such as digital knowledge work, new technology impacts, and engineering depth into one's life. The challenges of maintaining focus and intention in the face of distractions like screens are discussed, along with advice for overcoming them. Historical examples from the 1800s about Charles Babbage's difference engine and analytical engine are used to illustrate the concept of programming and solving mathematical problems. The episode emphasizes the importance of upgrading metaphorical 'hardware' (habits, routines, discipline) before pursuing ambitious 'software' goals for success.

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