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Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Ep. 275: Accomplishing Hard Goals

Nov 20, 2023
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Cal Newport discusses the mistakes made when pursuing hard goals and shares his reverse goal setting strategy. He also answers questions on preparing for change, scheduling free time, and avoiding doing too much. The podcast includes chapters on fitness plan analysis, building a side hustle, managing multiple jobs, and cultivating passion through discipline and curiosity. The hosts also discuss inviting big-time guests and mention Arnold Schwarzenegger's book.
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Quick takeaways

  • During a sabbatical, balance writing goals with advising responsibilities by allocating time and establishing a scheduling system.
  • Passion is not discovered but cultivated through discipline, curiosity, and exploring different avenues.

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Balancing writing and advising during a sabbatical

During your sabbatical, it is important to balance your main goal of writing with your duties as a graduate student advisor. Allocate 75% of your sabbatical time to your backlog of papers, including revising and resubmitting manuscripts for publication. However, since you have a PhD student in their final year, it is necessary to be present for them. Set up a scheduling system to make the most of your abundant free time. For instance, have no meetings on Mondays and no appointments or professional meetings on Fridays. Reserve Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays afternoons for meetings and appointments, while dedicating the mornings to deep work sessions. Additionally, prioritize deep work on Mondays and Fridays, allowing for longer sessions and incorporating brainstorming activities. Make sure to end your day earlier to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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