DEEP QUESTIONS

Ep. 267: Why Are You Tired?

Knowledge workers increasingly describe themselves as exhausted and burnt out. Why is this happening? In this episode, Cal argues that some of the obvious answers aren’t enough to explain the phenomenon. The real answer is both less expected and perhaps more fixable than we expect.

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Below are the questions covered in today’s episode (with their timestamps). For instructions on submitting your own questions, go to calnewport.com/podcast.

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DEEP DIVE:

– Tiredness and the ability to produce work [8:21]

QUESTIONS:

– How can I read more without falling asleep? [34:33]
– Is screen time before bed killing my sleep? [38:20]
– How can I still have fun while being productive? [44:35]
– Is discipline an identity or a tool? [50:21]
– How do I find my way back to the deep life? [56:40]

CASE STUDY:

– A magazine editor integrates projects into a deep life [1:01:10]

FINAL SEGMENT:

– Lauren Groff’s slow productivity [1:08:22]

LINKS:

Authors for Voices of Color auction: Afvoc2023.givesmart.com
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/09/books/lauren-groff-vaster-wilds.html
https://www.thefp.com/p/why-i-traded-my-smartphone-for-an-ax
https://midland-school.org/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0749597809000399
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/09/books/lauren-groff-vaster-wilds.html

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Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

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