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Ep. 302: Re-Enchanting Work

We talk a lot on this show about how to organize and execute your work, but not enough about where to do it. In this episode, Cal explores the theory and practice of “adventure working,” in which you escape to novel and inspiring locations to tackle your most demanding and interesting cognitive efforts. He then answers reader questions about habits and rituals before ending with a critical look at a famous football club’s distressing embrace of pseudo-productivity.

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DEEP DIVE:

– Re-Enchanting Work [5:39]

QUESTIONS:

– What are Cal’s health habits? [31:13]
– What’s the difference between discipline and rituals? [34:09]
– How does Cal read so much? [37:37]
– What are Cal’s writing-related rituals? [40:45]
– Should I go slow in my job hunting? [45:11]
– CALL: Working at a natural pace as a teacher [49:48]
– CALL: How to navigate the “pull system” [54:34]

CASE STUDY:

– Organizing files in a household [1:01:04]

CAL REACTS:

– Manchester’s United’s Pseudo-Productivity [1:11:09]

YOUTUBE TITLE:

– Escape Your Desk: A Simple Way To Find Clarity & Make Hard Work Feel Like Play | 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/
Cal’s monthly book directory: bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 
https://calnewport.com/adventure-studying-an-unconventional-new-approach-to-exam-preperation/
https://calnewport.com/bonus-post-an-adventure-studying-case-study/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B1y5dV3HSC9/?igshid=1r2acwbmfztew
https://apcc.org/pond-stories-mary-olivers-blackwater-pond-provincetown/
https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/scotland-travel/the-black-heart-of-scots-crime-writer-ian-rankin/
https://calnewport.com/the-power-of-the-outdoor-office/
https://calnewport.com/deep-habits-my-office-in-the-woods/
https://www.theguardian.com/football/article/2024/may/08/sir-jim-ratcliffe-manchester-united-remote-work-ban-email-traffic
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/02/hybrid-work-attention-productivity/677598/

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