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Ep. 165: Why Are We Burnt Out?

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

January 17, 2022

62 minutes

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

DEEP DIVE: Why Are We Burnt Out?  [1:31]


- Should I exercise before or after deep work?  [20:28]
- Why plan every quarter instead of every month or year? [23:56]
- How do I master a hard technical skill?  [26:12]
- What does my (Cal) knowledge management system look like? [30:17] 


- Are my (Cal’s) online courses applicable to people with ADHD?  [40:37]
- How do I apply deep work to my busy life?  [45:10]
- How do I balance work, school, and kids?  [49:45]
- What are my (Cal’s) thoughts on sleep?  [52:36]
- How do I (Cal) think about earnings and personal finance? [56:23]

Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

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