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96 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Cal Newport. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Cal Newport, often where they are interviewed.

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96 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Cal Newport. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Cal Newport, often where they are interviewed.

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BEST OF: Cal Newport on why you need to change your workflow, not your habits, when it comes to boosting productivity

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***BEST OF HOW I WORK***


I'm currently taking a few weeks off, so today's episode is a Best Of episode. I've gone back through the archives of the last 2.5 years of hosting How I Work and picked out my absolute favourite episodes!


My guest today is Cal Newport. Cal is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. Cal is the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Cal’s work has been published in over 20 languages and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Washington Post, and the Economist.


It’s probably an understatement to say I was excited for this chat because I am a complete and utter fan girl of Cal’s and it’s fair to say that his work has had an enormous impact on how I work. We cover a bunch of different aspects of the way Cal approaches his work including:


  • Cal’s different Deep Work rituals and why he recommends having different rituals for different types of Deep Work
  • How to know if you are actually doing Deep Work
  • Strategies to break your Shallow Work habit
  • The critical conversation to have with your manager to get them supporting you doing more Deep Work
  • Cal’s ritual for "shutting down” his work day
  • Why Cal rejects the idea that we need to have a phone on us at all times
  • How Cal deliberately builds solitude into his day
  • Why changing workflows is more effective than changing habits when trying to increase productivity
  • The workflow Cal designed while on his book tour to minimise back and forth communication
  • Why giving your time a job is better than using a to-do list
  • How Cal uses weekly and daily time blocking to use his time effectively
  • How to take a “Deep Break"
  • The two key elements of Cal’s email system to minimise communication
  • The topic Cal is exploring for his next book


You can find Cal at http://calnewport.com/ and grab his books Deep Work and Digital Minimalism.


Visit amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au


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Jan 13 2021 · 46mins
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You Have a Slot Machine in Your Phone & How It’s F*ing Up Your Ability to Focus With Dr. Cal Newport, Deep Work [re-release]

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Professor Cal Newport is a proud Millennial and a computer science professor who has never owned a social media account.  Yup. You read this right. Newport has his PhD in computer science from M.I.T and has deliberately eschewed Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. because his research shows it’s bad for your brain and your ability to do deep thinking.  

The post You Have a Slot Machine in Your Phone & How It’s F*ing Up Your Ability to Focus With Dr. Cal Newport, Deep Work [re-release] appeared first on Time4Coffee.

Dec 21 2020 · 38mins

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Deep Work (Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World) by Cal Newport | Episode 2 |

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Book Summary:

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories -- from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air -- and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

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Dec 16 2020 · 58mins
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Deep Work (Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World) by Cal Newport | Episode 1 |

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Please support our Podcast by clicking the link below. Thank you!

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Book Summary:

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories -- from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air -- and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

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Dec 16 2020 · 1hr 3mins
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So Good They Can't Ignore You (Cal Newport) with Content Strategist Ameer Alba

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Welcome to the Books Made Me Do It podcast! 🎉

“If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).” - So Good They Can't Ignore You

In today’s episode, Catherine is meeting with Ameer Alba (@ameeralba), CMO of Le Tribe Media, to discuss the book "So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love" written by Cal Newport. 

This disruptive book challenges the long-held wisdom of “follow your passion” and uncovers a better alternative, which relies on adopting the "craftsman mindset" and deliberately practicing on becoming so good they can’t ignore you. 

The author introduces the idea that passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent and highly skilled at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.

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➡️ Visit Catherine’s website: https://catherinepaquette.com/

Nov 04 2020 · 49mins
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#268 Deep Work, Digital Minimalism, and Doing Your Highest Value Work with Cal Newport

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Making technology work for you. 

Cal Newport is the author of six books including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. His work has been published in over 25 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New YorkerWashington Post, and Economist.

In 2016, he published Deep Work, which argued that our ability to focus without distraction is becoming increasingly rare (due, primarily, to distracting technology), at the same time that it’s becoming increasingly valuable (as the knowledge economy becomes more cognitively demanding). As a result, those individuals and organizations who cultivate their ability to perform “deep work” will enjoy a major competitive advantage.

In his spare time, he’s a professor at Georgetown University

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode or if you hear something that you like but don’t have time to write it down, be sure to grab your free copy of the Action Plan from this episode-- as well as get access to action plans from EVERY episode-- at http://www.JimHarshawJr.com/Action.  

Oct 05 2020 · 42mins
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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

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This week, Lisa and Misty review So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport.

Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He's also a writer who focuses on the impact of technology on society. He's the author of six books, including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, and writes regular essays for his popular website, calnewport.com.

We cover something from every part of the book in this So Good They Can't Ignore You podcast book review, including:

  • Rule #1: Don't Follow Your Passion
  • Rule #2: Be So Good They Can't Ignore You (Or, the Importance of Skill)
  • Rule #3: Turn Down a Promotion (Or, the Importance of Control)
  • Rule #4: Think Small, Act Big (Or, the Importance of Mission)

We also cover concepts like Career Capital and the Adjacent Possible.

If you like what you're hearing, you can learn more about Cal Newport at his website here, and you can purchase the book here.

Here are the two other GHY episodes we mention:

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens (also known as the Zettelkasten Method)

As always, please subscribe, rate, and review Go Help Yourself!

Oct 02 2020 · 49mins
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Listener Favorites: Cal Newport | Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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"So even if you say “I’m not trying to do deep work now. I”m in line at the supermarket. I’m bored let me look at something.” That actually affects your deep work the next morning or the next day when you actually want to do it. There’s this whole notion of passive training where you basically are embracing boredom. You give your mind plenty of practice in actually resisting the urge for distraction, being bored, and being present. That actually has the same sort of ramifications on your ability to focus down the line, just like smoking having to do with cardio vascular fitness. If you’re smoking outside of your practice as a professional athlete, when you get to your actual game you’re going to struggle. If your attention is constantly shifting towards things that are novel and interesting, if you can’t tolerate boredom, it’s going to be hard when it becomes time for you to focus to actually do it." - Cal Newport


Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.


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Sep 18 2020 · 56mins
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Cut the Fluff and Become a Digital Minimalist, with Dr. Cal Newport

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#276: Have you found yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds over the last few months? Have you also found yourself in a state of sadness, anxiety, or aggravation afterwards?

We live in an increasingly noisy world. A world in which many of us use social media, or the internet in general, to escape. But our escapes often leave us feeling empty and annoyed at ourselves for wasting several hours of precious time.

Here’s one possible remedy for this tiring, relentless cycle: embrace the philosophy of digital minimalism.

"Okay, I’m in. But...what’s digital minimalism?"

Digital minimalism is a term coined by Dr. Cal Newport, today’s guest.

It describes a three-step process:

  • Cull the time you spend staring at a screen
  • Spend more time on digital activities that align with your values
  • Ignore everything else

For more information, visit https://affordanything.com/episode276

Sep 15 2020 · 1hr 22mins
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PNTV: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (#395)

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Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. Hope you enjoy!

Cal Newport is one of my favorite thinkers. He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT and is now a Professor at Georgetown. He’s also a bestselling author of a number of books. Given the fact that the fastest way to Optimize your life is to STOP doing things that are sub-optimal AND the fact that (for nearly all of us) our use of technology is the #1 thing that “Needs work!,” it’s SUPER important for us to figure out how to best use all the technology available to us WITHOUT becoming lost in a tsunami of inputs. Enter: Our new philosophy of technology use: Digital Minimalism. Enter: My SUPER strong recommendation of the book and my ALL IN commitment to helping create a movement around the ideas in the book. As you know, I rarely say a book is a must read but this book is as close as it gets. Big Ideas we explore include the fact that your soul is engaged in a lopsided arms race, a definition + overview of digital minimalism, the importance of spending time alone (and the consequences of *not* spending adequate time alone), reclaiming leisure (get active!) and joining the Attention Resistance. Here's to Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World!

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Sep 05 2020 · 22mins
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