DEEP QUESTIONS

Ep. 279: Confronting Overload

We talk a lot on this show about getting more done, but what’s the best way to handle the inevitable situation in which you have too much to do? Cal walks through a sensible response to the crazy-making reality of overload.

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DEEP DIVE:

– Controlling Overload [4:50]

QUESTIONS:

– Is building a “second brain” important? [37:53]
– How can I bill 40 hours a week without getting overloaded? [43:31]
– What book should I buy my department to best increase their work quality? [46:31]
– How do I make progress on projects that have lots of overhead? [51:55]
– How can my wife deal with her new position and the overload that comes with it? [57:37]
– CALL: What is Cal excited to gif this holiday season? [1:06:14]

CASE STUDY:

– Quitting Twitter to build a better life [1:09:50]

CAL REACTS:

– Why did students get dumber starting in 2012? [1:17:32]

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