Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Ep. 81: How Do I Avoid Burnout?

March 22, 2021 Cal Newport Season 1 Episode 81
Deep Questions with Cal Newport
Ep. 81: How Do I Avoid Burnout?
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Deep Questions with Cal Newport
Ep. 81: How Do I Avoid Burnout?
Mar 22, 2021 Season 1 Episode 81
Cal Newport

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


DEEP DIVE: What Are My Core Systems? [2:40]


WORK QUESTIONS

 - How do I avoid burnout? [13:33] 
 - How do I measure effectiveness in a vague job? [19:58]
 - How do I teach myself to become a better programmer? [22:19]
 - What is a good way to become a better leader? [27:50]
 - How do non-fiction writers become better at their craft? [30:56]
 - What motivates a boss to promote you? (Plus a bonus digression on personal versus societal improvement) [34:27]


TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS

 - Does personal email make people miserable? [39:40] 
 - Should I quit social media for good? [42:09]
 - How do I help someone kick their TikTok addiction? [49:23]
 - Is it possible to succeed in business without a personal brand? [56:40]


DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

 - How do we teach deep thinking to kids? (warning: your kids will now like my answer) [1:00:36]
 - Why did I move to Takoma Park? [1:04:32]
 - How do I focus when dealing with emotional turmoil? [1:15]


Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.

Show Notes

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


DEEP DIVE: What Are My Core Systems? [2:40]


WORK QUESTIONS

 - How do I avoid burnout? [13:33] 
 - How do I measure effectiveness in a vague job? [19:58]
 - How do I teach myself to become a better programmer? [22:19]
 - What is a good way to become a better leader? [27:50]
 - How do non-fiction writers become better at their craft? [30:56]
 - What motivates a boss to promote you? (Plus a bonus digression on personal versus societal improvement) [34:27]


TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS

 - Does personal email make people miserable? [39:40] 
 - Should I quit social media for good? [42:09]
 - How do I help someone kick their TikTok addiction? [49:23]
 - Is it possible to succeed in business without a personal brand? [56:40]


DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

 - How do we teach deep thinking to kids? (warning: your kids will now like my answer) [1:00:36]
 - Why did I move to Takoma Park? [1:04:32]
 - How do I focus when dealing with emotional turmoil? [1:15]


Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music.