Deep Questions with Cal Newport

Ep. 117: Should I Quit My Job to Become a Writer?

August 02, 2021 Cal Newport Season 1 Episode 117
Deep Questions with Cal Newport
Ep. 117: Should I Quit My Job to Become a Writer?
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Deep Questions with Cal Newport
Ep. 117: Should I Quit My Job to Become a Writer?
Aug 02, 2021 Season 1 Episode 117
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 WORK QUESTIONS

 - How do I find free time as a working mother? [2:10]
 - How do I time block unpredictable support tasks? [13:56]
 - How many items are on my (Cal's) task lists and how often do I review? [18:51]
 - How do I stay productive without clear deadlines? [27:09]
 - How do get started writing? [32:33]
 - How do I know if an idea is good? [37:56]



DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

 - How do I integrate uncertainty into my goal setting? [43:01]
 - How should I configure my smartphone notifications? (Rant Alert) [52:18]
 - Should I quit my design job to become a writer? (Rant Alert #2) [57:50]
 - How do I make progress on meaningful goals in difficult circumstances? [1:09:37]


Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music and Mark Miles for mastering.

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 WORK QUESTIONS

 - How do I find free time as a working mother? [2:10]
 - How do I time block unpredictable support tasks? [13:56]
 - How many items are on my (Cal's) task lists and how often do I review? [18:51]
 - How do I stay productive without clear deadlines? [27:09]
 - How do get started writing? [32:33]
 - How do I know if an idea is good? [37:56]



DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS

 - How do I integrate uncertainty into my goal setting? [43:01]
 - How should I configure my smartphone notifications? (Rant Alert) [52:18]
 - Should I quit my design job to become a writer? (Rant Alert #2) [57:50]
 - How do I make progress on meaningful goals in difficult circumstances? [1:09:37]


Thanks to Jay Kerstens for the intro music and Mark Miles for mastering.