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Ep. 278: How to Think

One of the most important skills for cultivating a satisfying and high impact life is one we rarely discuss: the art of serious thinking. In this episode, Cal makes the case for serious thinking as an ability to specifically cultivate, then describes five specific practices you can put into place to launch a crash course in developing an effective life of the mind.

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DEEP DIVE:

– How to Think [4:09]

QUESTIONS:

– Does reading count as Deep Work? [38:50]
– How do I make sense of the topics I think about? [41:49]
– How should I manage boredom in a job without hurting my ability to focus? [45:13]
– How can I provide quick answers to management if I’m a slow thinker? [50:49]
– CALL: How should I structure my Deep Holiday? [56:40]

CASE STUDY:

– A successful Digital Detox allowing one to think in peace. [1:00:00]

CAL REACTS:

– Does collaboration make us les creative? [1:07:41]

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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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