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WHAT THEY SAY

 

"I challenge you not to devour this wonderful book in one sitting."

-Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism

"What a timely and useful book! It's neither hysterical nor complacent - a workable guide to being thoughtful about digital media. It's already made me rethink some of my media use in a considered way."

- Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

"This book is an urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life."

- Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way


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ABOUT CAL NEWPORT

 

I'm a computer science professor at Georgetown University who studies the theory of distributed systems. In addition to my academic work, I write about the intersection of technology and culture.

I'm the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. My work has been published in over 25 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including the New York Times,  Wall Street Journal,  New Yorker,  Washington Post, and  Economist.

I've been blogging here at calnewport.com for over a decade.



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STUDY HACKS BLOG

 

January 21

David Mellinkoff’s Productive Lack of Productivity

A reader recently pointed me toward the 1999 obituary of the respected legal scholar David Mellinkoff. He flagged, in particular, this passage: “After the war, David developed a successful law practice in Beverly Hills. He early discovered, however, that, in his words, “the law thrived on gobbledygook.” He wanted to learn how this had happened, […]


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January 11

A World Without Email

I’m pleased to officially announce my new book: A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload. It comes out March 2nd in the US (and March 4th in the UK). I started working on this book in 2016, almost immediately after Deep Work was released. At some point, I put the manuscript […]


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January 2

Projects vs. Tasks: A Critical Distinction in Productive Scheduling

In a recent episode of my podcast, an Australian doctor named Nathan asked an interesting question regarding some difficulties he had maintaining and organizing his task list: “David Allen asked ‘Is it actionable?’; separating tasks from ideas. But I also find that there are different types of tasks. The easiest to deal with are what […]


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December 29

Theodore Roosevelt’s Focused Advice

One of my colleagues at Georgetown recently pointed me toward a 1902 letter that Theodore Roosevelt sent to his son Kermit, who at the time was at boarding school. Here’s the passage that caught my attention: “I am delighted at all the accounts I receive of how you are doing at Groton. You seem to […]


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December 23

Andrew Gelman’s 4 pm Rule (a Knowledge Work Reverie)

Andrew Gelman is a professor at Columbia University with a joint appointment in the department of statistics and political science. To say he’s productive is an understatement. He’s written six books, has been cited over 120,000 times, and wields an h-index over 100 (if you’re not sure about this last statistic, ask a professor friend […]


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