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Focus Week: Rediscover Depth by Cal Newport

Focus Week: Rediscover Depth When I was a young graduate student at MIT, I was impressed by Alan Lightman, a one-time physicist, who turned toward essay and novel writing and ended up accepting a humanities professorship and starting the school’s science journalism program. What initially caught my attention about Lightman was the following line, which ...

On Running an Office Like a Factory by Cal Newport

On Running an Office Like a Factory I was recently browsing the archives of the MIT Sloan Management Review (as one does), when I came across a fascinating article from the Fall 2018 issue titled “Breaking Logjams in Knowledge Work.” The piece starts with a blunt observation: “If you work in an organization, you know ...

Let Go to Grow: On a Blogger’s Decision to Trade Social Media for a Quieter Life by Cal Newport

Let Go to Grow: On a Blogger's Decision to Trade Social Media for a Quieter Life A reader recently pointed me toward an interesting essay. It was written by a blogger and podcaster named Mika. “I’ve thought about how to start this post FOR MONTHS,” she begins, before building to her reveal: “When I hear ...

Another Tale of Finding Depth in a Locked Down Life by Cal Newport

In my last post, I profiled a novelist who took advantage of the lockdown to slow down; giving herself more than enough time and space to inhabit her manuscript revisions. This shift allowed her to tap a “mysterious” source of creativity and finish her work ahead of schedule. In response, a reader sent me some ...

On Doing Less to Produce More: A Novelist Embraces a Minimalist Lockdown by Cal Newport

I recently received an email from a writer in New York City who sold her debut novel right before the coronavirus lockdown. She had until mid-April to finish her first round of revisions. In an effort to make the process more “fun and fluid and intuitive,” and feature less of the stressful long hours she ...

Building a WWII Bunker in an Office Building by Cal Newport

Building a WWII Bunker in an Office Building April 29, 2020 A reader recently sent me another entertaining example of the deep life in action. He runs a design firm with an office in a warehouse-style building that included a cool feature: a “patio,” cantilevered high above the main floor, where he could relax or ...

Beyond the Inbox: Rules for Reducing Email by Cal Newport

Beyond the Inbox: Rules for Reducing Email April 15, 2020 In my last post, I warned that a sudden shift to remote work could inadvertently push knowledge workers into a state of inbox capture, in which essentially all of their time outside of Zoom calls ends up dedicated to sending and receiving email (or Slack ...

The Underappreciated Impact of the Attention Redistribution Revolution by Cal Newport

The Underappreciated Impact of the Attention Redistribution Revolution March 29, 2020 I launched this site during the period sometimes referred to as the “golden age of blogging”: the years from 2003 to 2009 when independent, inexpensive to run, sometimes highly-influential blogs threatened to upend the world of traditional media. By 2010, however, that cultural energy ...

Top Economists Study What Happens When You Stop Using Facebook by Cal Newport

Top Economists Study What Happens When You Stop Using Facebook March 1, 2020 In the most recent issue of the prestigious American Economic Review, a group of well-known economists published a paper titled “The Welfare Effects of Social Media.” It presents the results of one of the largest randomized trials ever conducted to directly measure ...

On Thomas Edison, Technophobia, and Social Media Criticism

Source: On Thomas Edison, Technophobia, and Social Media Criticism February 10, 2020 I recently finished Edmund Morris’s epic new Thomas Edison biography. It took me a while to get used to his reverse chronology structure (he works backwards from Edison’s later years to his earlier years), but once I did, I found it riveting. One ...