01 Jun 2022
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Modern work is defined by a relentless barrage of incoming messages and back-and-forth digital conversations. What this creates is a state of constant, anxious chatter in which nobody can disconnect.
In addition to this inability to unplug, is a squeezing of our cognitive bandwidth to perform substantive work. The type of work that really matters. We have become so used to an inbox-driven workday that it’s hard to imagine alternatives.
And that’s why I’m speaking with computer science professor Cal Newport today who makes the case that our current approach to work is broken and why digital minimalism is so important.
Cal is a NY Times bestselling author of several books, including, most recently, A World Without Email, Digital Minimalism, and Deep Work. Many of his articles from his column in the New Yorker and his weekly newsletter have inspired me to create a better working environment for me, my staff with the goal of promoting mental wellbeing and happiness which is why it was such a pleasure to have him on the show today.
His latest book, A World Without Email provides a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox, and unleashing a new era of productivity.
Our conversation flings from A list comedians, the dominant internet companies, web 3.0, why internet creators like Mr Beast are so interesting as well as the utility of creator founded communities. If you’re interested in finding more meaning through a better and more creative work life I think you’ll really enjoy today’s conversation.
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Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. His scholarship focuses on the theory of distributed systems, while his general-audience writing explores intersections of culture and technology. He is the author of seven books, including, most recently, A World Without Email, Digital Minimalism, and Deep Work. These titles include multiple New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into over 40 languages. Newport is also a contributing writer for the New Yorker and the host of the Deep Questions podcast.
Past Awards / Honors:
Digital Minimalism was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publisher Weekly, and USA Today bestseller. It was named to best books of the month lists by Amazon, USA Today, and Time.
Deep Work was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, an Amazon Best Business Book selection for January 2016, and 800-CEO-READ’s Best Business Book of the Week. Since publication, it received praise in the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Guardian.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You was listed as one of the best business books of 2012 by Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read
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