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Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: Did Alan Turing Invent The Computer? [5:25]INTERVIEW: Thriller writer J.T. Ellison  [25:23]Thanks to our Sponsors:policygenius.comeightsleep.com/deephensonshaving.com/calGet a 4-week trial, free postage, and a digital scale at  stamps.com/deep. Thanks to Stamps.com for sponsoring the show!Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: A World Without Twitter? [7:28]bit.ly/3hQ9Wh4LIVE CALLER: Starting a new company alone [34:28]- How do I (carefully) convince my employer to embrace Deep Work? [51:48]- I just quit my job. How do I reset my life? [1:03:36]- How do I deal with having too much freedom in my job? [1:10:09]- CALL: Which tool should I bring when I only have room for one? [1:17:53]- Who does Cal personally admire? [1:23:43]THREE INTERESTING THINGS:- A novel solution to cell phones in schools [1:41:57]bit.ly/3i2olHd- The age of social media ending. Welcome to my party! [1:47:19]bit.ly/3gosVit- Eat, pray, herd [1:50:26]wsj.com/3tOv6zaThanks to our Sponsors:grammarly.com/deepeightsleep.com/deepladderlife.com/deepwren.co/deepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: Could This Meeting Have Been An Email? [5:48]bit.ly/3EDcuZ0Questions for special guest host David Sax:- Is the Light Phone worth the money? [28:38]- How do I get started seeking higher quality leisure? [38:43]- How do I become a successful freelance writer? [49:01]- How do I make technical writing compelling?  [1:08:03]- How do I kick my podcast habit while trying to work? [1:15:06]- Do weekly plans have to cover exactly one week? [1:18:44]- Should I join the Overemployed Underground? [1:26:36]Thanks to our Sponsors:mybodytutor.comeightsleep.com/deepblinkist.com/deepzocdoc.com/deepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: Did Caveman Use To-Do Lists? [1:28]Article Link: bit.ly/3NYRbnF- LIVE CALL: Debating a master’s program [27:59]- How do I practice the “journalistic” mode of scheduling deep work? [37:32]- How do I determine when something I’m working on is good enough? [44:20]- Should I take two months off work to write in a cabin? [49:14]- Is answering email quickly really a good marker of talent? [53:45]- Is there a tutorial for Cal’s planning system? [1:00:04]- When is the new version of the Time Block Planner coming? [1:01:34]CASE STUDY: A Freelancer Crafts a Deep Life [1:04:18]CAL REACTS: New Insights on Kids and Phones [1:16:33]School Took Smartphones Away: on.wsj.com/3Trj4G3Social Media and Teenage Mental Health: bit.ly/3A3KN99Thanks to our Sponsors:rhone.com/calblinkist.com/deephensonshaving.com/calexpressvpn.com/deepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: The 20% Paradox [4:54]- INTERVIEW with Yael Schonbrun [18:59]- Cal and Jesse talk about Schonbrun interview [1:13:18]MAILBAG: [1:24:00]- Twitter is losing its most active usershttps://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-where-did-tweeters-go-twitter-is-losing-its-most-active-users-internal-2022-10-25/ Thanks to our Sponsors:policygenius.comhensonshaving.com/calamazon.com/deepmybodytutor.comThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: The Two Types of Ambition [4:36]- LIVE CALL: Escaping the “Second Control Tap” [28:10]- Can journaling make me a better writer? [53:26]- What’s an example of a keystone habit for building community? [56:03]- Can Cal give an example of a quarterly plan? [1:00:00]- How does Cal choose what books to read? [1:06:16]- What’s is Cal’s philosophy on caffeine? [1:15:12]- How can a teenager prepare to live deeply? [1:20:59]Thanks to our Sponsors:givingwhatwecan.org/deepmasterclass.com/deepeightsleep.com/deepzocdoc.com/deepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Here’s a special preview of the new season of The Happiness Lab, a podcast from Pushkin Industries. You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. She’ll take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. Hear more from The Happiness Lab at: podcasts.pushkin.fm/thls5?sid=questions
Ep. 219: The Deep Reset

Ep. 219: The Deep Reset

2022-10-2401:30:162

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: The Deep Reset [8:58]- Should I use Seinfeld’s “Don’t Break the Chain” method? [37:48]- Does Cal have a separate task board and weekly plan for his personal life? [42:07]- How do I track my metrics over the long term? [47:18]- Are Facebook and Instagram doomed? [52:25]- CALL: Children and video games [58:47]- When do I add a task to my list versus straight into my weekly plan? [1:07:50]CASE STUDY: Implementing Deep Work advice [1:13:18]MAILBAG: [1:19:40]- Cal’s vision of the AR future as it grows closerhttps://twitter.com/MKBHD/status/1580917421757587456?s=20&t=-deRWeIvOuCdPhhnAOFm9Q- Andrew Huberman on the “Cathedral Effect”https://hubermanlab.com/5-science-based-steps-to-improve-your-workspace/- Obligatory Focus Porn: Writing in an isolated huthttps://alastairhumphreys.com/important-or-urgent/Thanks to our Sponsors:rhone.com/Calladderlife.com/Deepeightsleep.com/Deepstamps.com/DeepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Ep. 218: Work vs. Meaning

Ep. 218: Work vs. Meaning

2022-10-1701:41:583

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvoDEEP DIVE: Work vs. Meaning [4:48]- How do I design a life I love? [33:37]- Is it okay that I use adult coloring books? [47:19]- Is listening to music a good source of solitude? [49:33]- How do I enjoy the present while planning for a deeper future? [54:42]- CALL: Should I take over my dad’s business? [1:03:24]- How do I stop binge-watching YouTube after work? [1:12:02]- Does Cal process his WorkingMemory.txt file to empty every day? [1:18:06]- Does Cal keep a journal? [1:22:09]MAILBAG: [1:29:25]- Holly Black’s enchanted home [1:30:10]  enchantedlivingmagazine.com/a-writers-cozy-lair/- Bram Stoker’s “method writing” [1:34:17]theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/09/cutting-his-teeth-how-bram-stoker-found-his-inner-dracula-in-scotland- A new deep life bucket [1:35:56]- The deep life of a professional stone skipper [1:37:23]outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/water-activities/stone-skipping-kurt-steiner/Thanks to our Sponsors:rhone.com/Calwren.co/Deepblinkist.com/Deepmybodytutor.comThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvoCAL REACTS: Brandon Sanderson’s Underground Lair [2:49]- Was it a mistake to drop out of college? [21:49]- What tools should I use to manage my processes? [28:47]- CALL: Help with slow productivity [32:12]- What hobbies will improve my concentration? [37:34]CASE STUDY: Building a Deep Life on House Hacking (plus: thoughts on FIRE) [43:22]- Is Cal using Zettelkasten? [58:06]- How I schedule work with an unpredictable medical issue? [1:01:38]Books Cal Read in September, 2022 [1:15:07]Thanks to our Sponsors:eightsleep.com/Deeppolicygenius.comrhone.com/Calexpressvpn.com/DeepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo- Interesting Mail Bag [7:10]- Does walking help or hurt my work? [25:01]- How do I tame the flow of work from outside teams? [29:10]- Do performers need an active social media presence? [33:12]- CALL: Should Robert keep on a writing role? [35:18]- CALL: Should Robert be worried about his full-time job discovering his side job? [39:18]- Are newsletters the new blogs? [44:34]- How can I prevent my law clients from interrupting me so much? [53:33]- Is Cal’s prediction about the rise of virtual screens a ‘hellscape’? [56:22]- CASE STUDY: What should I put on my new website? [1:10:46]- How do I complete things on time? [1:18:04]- How do I take notes on a complicated project? [1:19:56]- How can I buckle down and finish my novel? [1:22:17] Thanks to our Sponsors:zocdoc.com/deepamazon.com/deepblinkist.com/deephensonshaving.com/cal  (enter Cal at checkout for 100 free blades)Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo- INTERVIEW with Ryan Holiday [10:00] - Cal and Jesse talk about Holiday interview [1:13:57]Thanks to our Sponsors:mybodytutor.comwren.co/deepnotion.comhensonshaving.com/cal  (enter Cal at checkout for 100 free blades)Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Ep. 214: Quiet Quitting

Ep. 214: Quiet Quitting

2022-09-1901:25:461

Link to submit questions: bit.ly/3U3sTvo- Deep Dive: Quiet Quitting [4:00]- How can I motivate my kids to have Cal’s work ethic? [24:28]- What are Cal’s tips for writing better articles? [34:48]- Are someday/maybe lists worth it? [44:33]- How can a researcher embrace slow productivity? [48:24]- Why did Cal switch from Roam to Obsidian note-taking software? [53:47] CASE STUDY: A World Without Email got my team through a crisis [57:01]- How can I concentrate on work with so many bad things happening in the world? [1:09:31]- What if I don’t enjoy the deep life I designed? [1:20:16]Thanks to our Sponsors:hensonshaving.com/cal  (enter Cal at checkout for 100 free blades)eightsleep.com/deepblinkist.com/deepexpressvpn.com/deepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
- Deep Dive: The art of “no” [7:06]- CALL: Anxiety and timeblock planning [27:38] - How do I choose a hobby to master? [37:01]- Should I leave my job? [43:31]- How do I break into a knowledge work? [49:00]- How do I overcome career anxiety? [53:55] CASE STUDY: Closet Office [1:05:10]- CALL: Thoughts on Monday.com [1:13:38]- What’s the difference between a quarterly and strategic plan? [1:21:45]- How do I figure out my values? [1:23:10]Thanks to our Sponsors:https://www.blinkist.com/deephttps://www.sleep.me/calhttps://www.80000hours.org/deephttps://www.policygenius.comThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
- Deep Dive: Will 4-Day Weeks Solve Burnout? [7:01]- How do I know if I’m doing too much? [24:03]- Who invented the idea to “follow your passion”? [34:11]- How can an ER doctor manage his schedule? [41:46]- CALL: How do you know when it’s time to rest? [45:48]- Nerd Alert: Is the future of computing more local? [49:59]- Books Cal read in August 2022 [59:31]- CALL: What watch does Cal use? [1:16:51]- How do I create a Feedback Council? [1:25:04]- Did Jordan Peterson and Bret Weinstein get weirder after leaving academia? [1:28:06]Thanks to our Sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp.expressvpn.com/deepbetterhelp.com/deepquestionsladderlife.com/deepmybodytutor.comThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
- Deep Dive: How does Cal organize his life? [4:47]- How do I improve my estimates of how long a task will take?  [27:49]- How does Cal feel about open office spaces? [30:01]  - Does listening to a podcast count as reading? [40:54]- How do I plan a wedding without drowning in minutia? [43:40]- I lost my love for work. Should I try to get it back? [50:03]- Does Cal struggle with comparing himself to others? [59:18]- How do I reset my ambitions after buring out? [1:08:06]Thanks to our Sponsors:Grammarly.com/DeepWren.co/Deep80000.org/DeepGivingwhatwecan.org/DeepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Please take a moment to provide feedback on the podcast using this survey: bit.ly/3zMTLXpDEEP DIVE: Loops, Networks, and Links [5:32]DEEP WORK QUESTIONS - How do I track a long-term project? [30:52] - How often should I check email? [36:23] - How do I get my workplace to be less “hyperactive”? [42:14] LISTENER CASE STUDY: Diane rents an office near her house [46:08]DEEP LIFE ACADEMY: Lifestyle-centric career planning [53:39] —Thanks to our Sponsors:MagicSpoon.com/CalTryMiracle.com/CAL25ZocDoc.com/DEEPLadderLife.com/deepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Click Here To Take Cal’s Survey: https://bit.ly/3zMTLXpCal reacts to the news: TikTok and the Fall of the Social Media Giants [3:05]- How long should I wait for someone to respond to my email? [32:21]- Do you recommend having multiple email accounts? [35:21]- Is there a place for “Inbox Zero” in Cal’s productivity system? [38:15]Habit Tune-Up: Docket Clearing Meetings [44:44]- How do I balance my many interests after quitting my job? [55:33]- Why am I stuck in my pursuit of depth?  [1:01:30]- How can we convince the masses to live deeper? [1:06:57]Thanks to our Sponsors:Blinkist.com/DeepEightsleep.com/DeepMyBodyTutor.com80000hours.org/DeepThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Habit Tune-Up: To-Do Lists Are Inhumane [2:03]- Is distracted deep work the same as shallow work? [18:10]- How does Cal do quarterly reviews? [23:03]- What should I include in my quarterly plan? [25:03]- How do I save my failing productivity system? [27:34]- Can I sell a book without social media? [36:12]The Five Books Cal Read in July 2022  [47:56]- How do I manage the anxiety of not achieving a goal? [1:11:22]- How do I handle having too many ideas? [1:15:05]Thanks to our Sponsors:Blinkist.com/DeepEightsleep.com/DeepExpressVPN.com/DeepPolicyGenius.comThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
In today’s episode, we try something different: a special two-part conversation in which Cal coaches his longtime friend, comedian and podcast pioneer Jamie Kilstein, through a digital declutter. The first part of the conversation ends with Cal’s prescription for Jamie, while the second part picks up six weeks later to check in on how things actually went.Thanks to our Sponsors:Miracle.com/CalGrammarly.com/DeepBetterhelp.com/deepquestionsStamps.comThanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.
Comments (36)

John Barden

I think this has the best discussion about "how" you need to start your realistic time block planning. Face the productivity dragon, accept you may need more time than you are currently allowing for job demands than you may be assigning at present and are then going over the time you want to be working; effectively sacrificing you spare time.

May 15th
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22.05.13_today.is.the.day

can you make an app/website rather than a time block planner book... like the one similar to toggle but a it bit more flexible

May 14th
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Todd Herzman

just a note, Patrick Rothfuss wrote Name of the Wind, not Sanderson.

Mar 4th
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Shome Bhatt

Cal, can we get transcripts of these Podcasts in the description? If so, i would really appreciate it.

Mar 4th
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Secretfly

The timestamps don't match the audio...

Sep 29th
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Daniel Knob

Don't let them have one in the first place

Sep 13th
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Simone

the quidditch shade lmao

May 7th
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Chris Anderson

Library Work 31:51

Apr 19th
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Simone

i really like the ig for artists' idea

Apr 16th
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Brian Perdomo

another great episode

Feb 16th
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Brian Perdomo

great episode

Jan 8th
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sjdltft

i think im the first listener of this episode. thanks for your content

Nov 26th
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Jason Finn

01:01:46 this part about the need for two clashing theories is very interesting! Noticing where this does not apply could help to discourage dogma in so many places.

Nov 19th
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Stu Cook

Another practical episode and I particularly liked the focus on prioritisation and even the radicalisation slot at the end.

Nov 19th
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Simone

Honestly impressed by how good his advice on marriage was

Nov 9th
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Stu Cook

There is always loads to think about whenever I listen to Cal. He's so insightful. I'm already reaping personal benefits from putting into practice what I hear so encourage others to listen if you want to boost personal productivity.

Oct 30th
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Stu Cook

Another excellent episode today! The segment on daily vs. weekly planning has given me a lot to consider when it comes to how I plan out my time as I look to boost productivity.

Oct 23rd
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yoyo

When he said "don't get me started" about tiktok, I really wanted to hear the rest of what he had to say 🤣

Oct 20th
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Stu Cook

Great episode today. Reducing friction in my productivity is something I'm definitely pursuing and this podcast has a lot to offer.

Oct 20th
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Dee

tik tok is brain poison. 😆😆💯💯

Oct 18th
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