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Deep Questions with Cal Newport

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May 20, 2024 • 1h 36min

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

Jordan Harbinger interviews Cal Newport on reclaiming time and focus, exploring slow productivity, redefining productivity beyond traditional norms, the impact of 30-minute meetings and the 'Zoom Apocalypse', sales and writing skills in the knowledge economy, navigating challenges of knowledge work, effective workload management strategies, emphasizing quality over quantity, the power of positive book titles, and prioritizing focus and setting boundaries for efficiency.
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May 13, 2024 • 1h 23min

Ep. 300: Hidden Technology Traps

Cal Newport discusses the hidden technology traps affecting young professionals, offers advice on managing distraction relapses, social media addiction, and scheduling deep work. He also explores slow productivity, lifestyle-centric planning, and a slow reconstruction project of an ancient city in Mexico.
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May 6, 2024 • 2h 19min

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

Cal discusses the 20-year evolution of personal productivity, from techno-mania to anti-work sentiments. Topics include organizing files, Monk Mode, habits for a great life, slow productivity, and book recommendations. He is joined by Scott Young to answer questions and shares the 5 books he read in April 2024.
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Apr 29, 2024 • 1h 19min

Ep. 298: Rethinking Attention

In this episode, Cal discusses the impact of information arrival on our understanding, offering tips on intentional attention. He also explores the benefits of handwriting, book recommendations, and the concept of slow productivity. From utilizing the phone foyer method to embracing slow time with natural timekeeping, the podcast delves into practical strategies for personal and professional growth.
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Apr 22, 2024 • 1h 27min

Ep. 297: The Deep Life Hardware

Cal Newport discusses the obstacle to deepening your life with a Babbage metaphor, gives a gameplan to overcome it. Answering audience questions. Reactions to the AI Pin tool. Exploring personal productivity, building skills without interference, convincing others about time management, and the potential demise of smartphones.
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Apr 15, 2024 • 1h 22min

Ep. 296: Jane Austen’s To-Do List (LIVE)

Live episode at a bookstore: modern productivity from Jane Austen, YouTube tactics, Slow Productivity application, team productivity, avoiding Zoom overload, balancing pace and quality, lawyer team relationships, and managing technical delays
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Apr 8, 2024 • 1h 24min

Ep. 295: Artists Revolt Against Social Media

Artists are ditching social media for personal websites, prompting a discussion on the benefits of online creativity. Cal explores the impact of LinkedIn and the shift towards quality content. The episode includes a fun 'deep or crazy' segment and insights on digital minimalism.
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Apr 1, 2024 • 1h 16min

Ep. 294: A Tactical Assault on Busyness

In this episode, Cal Newport tackles the issue of busyness in the digital age, offering tactical solutions. He answers listener questions on productivity systems and avoiding distractions. Cal also shares the books he read in March and explores the impact of community support.
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Mar 25, 2024 • 1h 36min

Ep. 293: Can A.I. Empty My Inbox?

The podcast explores the possibility of AI managing email inboxes, discusses the impact of AI on programming jobs, addresses the use of ChatGPT for writing assistance, provides tips on reclaiming workspace for deep work, and touches on Heidegger's view on technology and managing seasonality with family. It also includes a case study of a Silicon Valley Chief of Staff balancing work and ego, and General Grant's approach to productivity.
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Mar 18, 2024 • 1h 17min

Ep. 292: Single-Purpose Notebooks

Cal Newport discusses the benefits of using single-purpose notebooks for developing ideas. He explores pseudo-productivity in knowledge work and the importance of investing in quality tools. Additionally, he analyzes TikTok's addictive nature and the evolution of online content consumption.

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