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Ep. 292: Single-Purpose Notebooks

On his recent book tour, Cal found great success using a small notebook dedicated to developing a single idea. In this episode, he explores this “single-purpose notebook” strategy, identifying when it makes sense and why it works. He also takes listener questions about his new book, “Slow Productivity,” and reacts to a recent article about TikTok’s stumbles.

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DEEP DIVE:

– Single-Purpose Notebooks [5:04]

QUESTIONS:

– If “pseudo-productivity” isn’t effective, why is it so common? [27:09]
– Can you explain the difference between limiting missions, projects, and daily goals? [35:01]
– Should everyone buy a $50 notebook? [39:22]
– How does “Slow Productivity” relate to mental models and first principles? [48:13]
– Should I read your new book slowly? [52:44]
– CALL: Does Cal ever stress about work? [55:29]

CASE STUDY:

– Applying lifestyle-centric career planning [1:00:39]

SOMETHING INTERESTING:

– TikTok Falters [1:08:58]

LINKS:

Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at www.calnewport.com/slow
https://bramses.notion.site/bramses/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51
https://www.notebookstories.com/2013/05/06/picasso-sketchbook/
https://www.anothermanmag.com/life-culture/10788/remembering-bruce-chatwin-the-greatest-travel-writer-that-ever-lived
https://www.notebookstories.com/2023/12/22/a-notebook-in-the-movie-elf/
https://www.wsj.com/tech/personal-tech/quitting-tiktok-less-swiping-more-sleeping-1e166a39?page=1
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/tiktok-and-the-fall-of-the-social-media-giants

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