Cal Newport: More Good Tech. Less Bad Tech. Digital Minimalism. – Love Your Work, Episode 183

June 20 2019 – 07:30am

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We’re living in a time of exciting technological innovation. But just because technology can do something for us, doesn’t mean that it should.

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Cal Newport is author of the new book Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Digital Minimalism is a philosophy of using the power of technology only in the ways it serves us best, while eliminating use of technology in ways it harms us, or even in ways it only has a marginal benefit.

Aside from Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport is an extremely prolific author. He’s written books such as So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Deep Work, and How to Become a Straight-A Student. He’s a tenured computer science professor at Georgetown University.

Cal has accomplished all of this in spite of – or maybe because – he’s never had a single social media account.

This is a fantastic conversation with Cal. He and I overlap a lot in our interests, so I was very eager to discuss with him the implications of technology usage, and also to dig deeper into his relationship with Deep Work. As you know if you listen to Love Your Work regularly, I’m always searching for ways to get more out of my mind, and to maintain a healthy relationship with technology that helps me get more creative work into the world, without distracting me from doing that creative work.

In this conversation, you’ll learn:

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