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Ep. 194: The Surprising Math of Doing Less

Deep Questions with Cal Newport

May 2, 2022

78 minutes

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Video from today’s episode:

DEEP DIVE: The Surprising Math of Doing Less [8:58]


- How do I improve my discipline?  [26:16]
- How do you break down a complicated problem? [37:20]
- LISTENER CALL: Has Cal read “Stolen Focus”? [40:27]

The Books I Read in April 2022 [46:41]

- LISTENER CALL: Playbook for writing in The New Yorker [1:12:37]

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

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