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Ep. 240: Disciplined Laziness

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Capturing, Configuring and Controlling Your Professional Life with Productivity Systems

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Capture, configure, control is about capturing and organizing obligations, making sense of them, and taking control of how you use your time. A productivity system relieves stress by ensuring tasks and obligations are not solely kept in the mind. It allows for intentional workload management and the ability to prioritize and make decisions about what to focus on. Productivity systems offer more than just optimization; they provide autonomy and options for different goals. These goals can include successfully juggling multiple important things, focusing on a single important task, minimizing work while maintaining financial stability, or achieving a reasonable work-life balance. The potential of productivity is often underestimated, but with a good productivity system in place, individuals can have more control over their professional lives and pursue their desired outcomes.

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