DEEP QUESTIONS

Ep. 297: The Deep Life Hardware

Why do you struggle with your grand attempts to escape distraction and aimlessness to make your life deeper? In this episode, Cal draws on an unexpected metaphor – Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and the Analytical Engine – to help identify the subtle obstacle on your path to increase depth. With this new understanding in hand, he then details a specific gameplan to get around it. Later, he takes questions from the audience and reacts to the new AI Pin, a tool intended to render smartphones obsolete.

Download my FREE Deep Life Guide HERE: https://bit.ly/3QBIcug

Link to submit questions: https://bit.ly/3U3sTvo

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

Video from today’s episode: youtube.com/calnewportmedia

Sign up for Cal’s email newsletter here: https://calnewport.com/ideas

DEEP DIVE:

– The Deep Life Hardware [4:09]

QUESTIONS:

– Does personal productivity make us anxious? [34:04]
– How can I build skills without getting in the way of my existing work? [42:12]
– How can I build a deeper life after years of neglect? [46:02]
– How has Sam Sulek’s stripped down YouTube channel doing so well? [52:19]
– How can I convince my husband that I’m not a time management snob? [1:02:37]
– CALL: Obsessing over quality [1:06:08]

CASE STUDY:

– Shifting a mindset to do more deep work [1:11:06]

CAL REACTS:

– Is the Al Pin the End of Smartphones? [1:18:10]

YOUTUBE TITLE:

– How To Design Your Life (2-Part System For Achieving Your Goals) | Cal Newport

LINKS:

Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at www.calnewport.com/slow
Order a signed copy of “Slow Productivity” here: https://peoplesbooktakoma.com/event/cal-newport/
https://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/engines/
https://www.theverge.com/24126502/humane-ai-pin-review
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-with-cal-newport-the-key-to/id1498802610?i=1000652834277
https://www.samharris.org/podcasts/making-sense-episodes/363-knowledge-work

Thanks to our Sponsors:

https://www.rhone.com/cal
https://www.shopify.com/deep
https://www.policygenius.com/deepquestions
https://www.grammarly.com/podcast
https://www.tim.blog

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

RELATED CONTENT