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Deep work is more about how to do really good work and not be distracted by things like email and things like that. I got to set up events.”. What are your thoughts on that? A big secret cost that people don’t factor is that context switching is very impactful in your ability to concentrate. So, could you maybe talk a little bit about how you stumbled across that and some of the things that went into actually realizing that, actually, not working hard is what’s going to make you the happiest? That’s almost always better than trying to scatter that attention about lots of things that are potentially have lower value. I do like Instagram, although I only post something once in a blue moon., Cal’s TED Talk – Why You Should Quit Social Media, Leave a review for the Financial Independence Podcast on iTunes,, What is “Focused FIRE” and why it’s likely the best option, Why you should replace relaxation with difficult, meaningful activity, The importance (and increasing rarity) of deep work, Why skillful management of attention is the key to a good life, The importance of high-quality leisure activities, Why technology could be ruining your personal life and how to stop it. They have complete choice. What kind of person do I want to be? makes a solid case for cutting down on technological distractions and enjoying the benefits of an offline life. What could be important than figuring out how to allocate them, and towards what purpose? I think it’s the exact audience that will soak this stuff up. I’m uncomfortable sharing my life in public. I love how his discussions correlate to the FIRE movement for many of us. You no longer have the diversion of working for money or even working for self-worth. Digital minimalism is about your personal life. So, what does your deep work look like in reality? And I also want to add, you’re picking up the importance of actually just saying “start from scratch.” And I want to emphasize that’s really unusual for me to do that type of writing. Really interesting podcast that put into words a lot of thoughts about work and retirement that I’ve had and experienced over the years. I wish there was a like button or something haha. I mean we don’t really have a lot of evidence that that’s the case. And I know it sounds trivial, but it’s really not. Probably my favorite interview you’ve done. And so, it eats up the opportunity to do uninterrupted deep work. Thanks for the interview. It’s not often that I’m excited enough about an upcoming book to mark the release date on my calendar, but Cal Newport is one of my favorite authors. Everyone is at least vaguely aware that too much screen time can be harmful, that tech companies are competing to strip-mine our attention, and using all sorts of creepy tricks to do so. And I know you’ve talked about this. But obviously, people’s personal lives are so distracted. I haven’t yet gone through the whole detox as suggested. But to you, it’s not a big deal the notion of doing something that’s different and drastic. And so, I said this is a classic supply and demand situation. You’re actually still very blog-centric, which I love (which I think is a great medium). I just made hummus today. I wonder—I definitely am really excited to talk about digital minimalism because that’s the new book. So there’s nothing fundamental about it. Most of the tips are on the most basic level of action: don’t buy expensive coffees, save for your retirement, etc. And yet it takes me 30 minutes. So, for the whole early retirement movement thing that’s sort of exploding right now, a lot of people are rushing to this finish line because maybe they feel like they don’t have enough autonomy in the job, and they want to just pursue that passion. One of the things I appreciate most about Digital Minimalism is the care he takes in unpicking the various tradeoffs involved. I really appreciate it. But if you look closer, you find out that, actually, that behavior is largely contrived. Join over 100,000 others on the Mad Fientist email list and get instant access to my FI Spreadsheet! Cal talks about maximum autonomy, and I think he’s right on about that. What values am I trying to fulfil? I’m always striving to do better, but I don’t care about being a millionaire, or getting down to a certain body fat percentage. And so, I think for people who use it a lot, but not as much as Gen Z, what they have is this persistent background hub of anxiety that they’ve just come to accept as just our normal state of affairs. One, we don’t have a lot of evidence that most people have pre-existing passions that they could easily identify and use to select a job. It’s just doing something that you have a pre-existing interest for. Success! Of course, I read it anyway. Yeah Tyler Cowen get’s brought up enough by everyone that I’ve seen a little bit of his work. And so the marketplace says, “If you want these, you have to have something rare and valuable to offer in exchange.” That’s almost always some sort of skill that the market values. I will definitely be exploring the books in more detail. I like you. And before I tell my personal story about how that has affected me, maybe just tell the audience about what that actually is. Yeah, that’s a great title as well. And this was very important to them. I must of created hundreds of accounts etc over the years and i want to know how to find them and delete them? It forces you into so many other activities that are beneficial. I could try to summarise the main points, but that wouldn’t be any fun. Even if there’s nothing on the other end of the trade but solitude, it frees up enough mental bandwidth to do some of that harder Level 3 navel-gazing: what would a good day look like? So yeah, any time you release a book, I’m like, “Wow! Mad Fientist: Absolutely! In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.. Digital minimalists are all around us. I think it’s a really important point. This was the core career advice that we still give out and certainly back then was the main career advice we gave out—which is career satisfaction is really a matching game. This is why people are so upset. For deep work, the lead measure “is time spent in a state of deep work dedicated toward your wildly important goal.” Lag measures describe your output, ... Digital Minimalism. The rise in mental health issues—and in particular, anxiety and anxiety-related disorders—were literally off the chart. And one, the thing that surprised me most is how little I missed even after one week, two weeks, three weeks. Thanks for having me. One of the big advantages of never having a social media account is we have a drive to be social. Just bring back in what’s important.”. Cal Newport: Well, I think one of the more interesting things is that this model of phone use that we have today, this constant companion model in which you’re constantly looking at your phone throughout the day, we incorrectly think about that as somehow being fundamental to the technology, right? And so, when you get away from that—like you’ve talked about what you’re doing—and spend hours and hours without distraction, it feels like a superpower because your brain is actually able to function in the way that it was made to function without all this extra cost. Everyone knows most of this stuff already. Once we got these highly palatable processed foods in the second half of the 20th century, we had a huge rise in obesity. Mad Fientist: Yeah… Remove the apps from your phone, then slowly re-introduce only the ones that are the most useful and beneficial. Mad Fientist: So, you’ve mentioned that getting good at something is going to lead to fulfillment. Ladders asked Cal Newport how to apply being a digital minimalist to our work lives, and about the idea of “deep work,” the subject of his previous book. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you on the show. I mean I write advice books, but I sort of worked in this smart self-help type market where I don’t normally do things like a 30-day process or 6-step whatever. But now that I’m more aware of all the physical damage that too much screen time can do to the body (mess with circadian rhythms, cause eye damage, slouching/hump backs) I’m even more committed to limiting the hold that technology has in me and my kids. Anyways, I am wondering about this issue myself right now, I agree with you that too much solitude can definitely lead to rumination, I have been ruminating about quitting a job a couple months ago for perhaps the 1000th time (even though I got a much better one). What Laura describes modestly as smugness is almost certainly something more fundamental to human flourishing: the sense of meaning that comes from acting with intention. The only reason I might go back on for a day or two would be to put up a bunch of posts encouraging all my FB friends to quit too…and then deactivating again. What if you really are your own worst enemy? And then, as you get better at it, you start to enjoy it more. So, as you get better at something, something that the market actually values, you get more leverage. We made some big tech cut-backs years ago (such as downgrading to dumb phones, allowing no screen time for the kids, installing the stay-focused app to block us from social media after 20 mins per day, and turning off computers at least an hour before bed. And so, this notion that you have these passions, if you could just get more time to spend on them, you’re going to be very happy really doesn’t match what the research tells us, which is that’s not a major source of satisfaction. It prevents them from having to face the void or face themselves or face our own thoughts or answer the hard question of like, “What do I want to do? And she was saying, “You know, everything changed recently. And basically, minimalism says you’re almost always better off focusing your attention on a small number of things that you know for sure are really valuable. It’s not even like, “Oh, I’m doing this, but I could be doing something else.”. It’s only when you don’t have any external inputs that the ‘default network’ part of your brain switches on. I got to get a family member on the phone. with a focus on the importance of starting with the ‘why’, rather than the ‘how’ or the ‘what’: All of this sounds kind of wanky, and very much in the realm of first-world problems. You get to experience what it’s like to be a teetotaller, or a minimalist, or a vegan, or a fitness junkie. Enter Digital Minimalism. I’m believer in the FI part, but I don’t warm up to RE. I think they’re more-or-less self-evident; if you think otherwise, you can read Cal’s arguments. A lot of people have really used the distraction of the screen as a crutch. What are yours? So you’ve got potentially quite a big chunk of time after work. So she spent one of those six month periods back in Vietnam. But can you maybe talk about some of the things that you learned? And so, […] technology forces are strong enough that we need something like that as well. Snapchat is a distant memory. Cal wades through the mess, and concludes that the value of any given tool depends entirely upon how we use it. And… Just like someone in the FIER community, you say like, “Yeah, it might be nice I guess to have the panini press or whatever. This has been a big treat. It’s because it displaces the real world conversation. The reality might be a little bit more complicated. But there’s a cost to that context switch. Cal Newport: But it was so important. I do get a lot of sleep which is good. In other domains of my life, this is absolutely not the case. So I definitely recommend people check out the book and go through the whole digital declutter and everything. I’ve written before about the benefits of self-authoring, and adding an evening journaling session has been helpful in working through personal issues. There are better and worse monsters down there. If you get financial independence tomorrow, but you haven’t thought about any of this, you are almost certainly going to spend way too much of that time looking at your screen. It’s going to make you anxious. I recently came across some threads by people I trust arguing that Twitter was not in fact a deranged hellsite, but a wondrous place to workshop interesting ideas. I was wondering if you know actually how to remove my online presence? So like, “Oh, you want to see your grandkid?”—a producer for a TV show was telling me this story earlier this week. (And perhaps be a bit attention getting. And that was “skillful management of attention is the key to a good life.” So can you maybe talk about that a little bit because I really liked that phrase. The ‘building mental treehouses’ kind of solitude includes things like meditation, journaling, CBT-style exercises, hiking in nature, and other forms of useful introspection. You’ve been talking to people all day, right? I kind of make my whole pitch about why you should consider quitting it all together. And you have a new book out, which I’m always excited when you release something. And that’s very, very important. The Thameses, Elizabeth’s out there chopping wood, snow blowing. He doesn’t seem to explicitly state what success is to him in his research, but based on his examples it seems to be some kind of super-achieving in one’s field. We’re sort of in the center of town. There was an error submitting your subscription. And so, you and I, we’re a little bit older. Like, okay, here’s an artist who publicizes his work on social media. You would occasionally go out and check and say, “Hey, does anyone I know, you know, maybe they’ve updated something about themselves—like they’re on vacation, or their relationship status changed?” It didn’t really engender a lot of engagement—at least not on the level that they needed to make a lot of buddy. So people can find you at Join over 100,000 others on the Mad Fientist email list to get access to exclusive content and software! So, we both we both graduated in 2004 with a degree in computer science. Every day I wake up and gaze at a blank page that demands to be filled. When something comes back into your life, it’s not just a binary question of “What do I use?”, you also ask “How and when do I use it?” So you try to optimize. The “Deep Work” author on focusing on what matters, regaining your “cognitive fitness,” and taking control of your time. And this is really important” like Mr. Money Mustache. And part of the argument there is because he’s focusing his attention on small number of things that are hardly meaningful to him. Another great interview! You’re not ‘trying to quit’. While it didn’t have the same ‘wow’ factor as Deep Work, I’m not sure if my experience is representative. And those types of model seemed really sustainable and compelling for trying to build something that’s remarkable. Although it can feel like staring into an abyss as you rightfully stated, you also however find and realize that within the quietness and space, you have an opportunity to build something new and open new doors. The more drastic the steps, the more drastic the improvement that you might actually end up with. The insight that the author stumbled upon is that you have to dramatically change your conception of who you are. And that’s autonomy, competence, and relatedness, being able to do things on your own and get things done, and then being good at what you’re doing, and then all of a sudden working with others and being valued. Thank you for an excellent post. She didn’t even pause. We didn’t have these issues. I could try to summarise the main points, but that wouldn’t be any fun. In the evening, if I’m out there, you could just talk to me. Join over 100,000 others on the Mad Fientist email list and get a PDF packed with all the best advice I've received on the Financial Independence Podcast! So I appreciate this chance to actually come on your podcast and reach this audience because I think we’re kindred spirits. And especially for the FIER crowd, you don’t want to work this hard to then get all this freedom, and then just spend it clicking refresh on Facebook or…. As for ‘frugality’, I love it more than just about anyone, but it still conjures up faint associations of stealing ketchup packets from Burger King. Jean Twenge has this big, new book out called iGen. Cal Newport – Deep Work, Digital Minimalism, and the Key to a Happy Retirement. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. There’s a reason why she’s doing that with physical possessions, is because you have to have dramatic break. It’s just going to make you les happy. So now, you have a constant stream of social approval indicators coming at you throughout the day. I am Canadian. And that unlocked almost everything else. Mad Fientist: Yeah, I can’t agree more. So all the technology in your personal life that’s optional enough that you could step away from without causing major harm, do so for 30 days. When you take the generation that’s basically spending all their discretionary time looking at the screen, we see massive, massive issues with mental health. Your thoughts on 30-day whatever were spot on. So….not to worry. If you want to take steps to cut down on screen time and digital connection, the first question to ask is: what’s on the other side of the trade? If you read Cal, you’ll begin to learn that you don’t “find” what you are good at, but you put in the hours – fueled by deliberate practice and elimination of distractions – to “become” good at something. It’s like you do the same thing, except now, instead of a panini press, it might be Instagram or you’re having to check an online news. Digital connection has done great things for me. They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at … So you could go long periods of time without distraction, and then do the non-deep work. And so, if you don’t need social media for your professional life, consider quitting. Who’s right? ‘Minimalism’ brings to mind insufferable hipsters who like. I say, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you,’ that if you do that, all other good things will come.” That idea basically turns out to be more or less correct. Just like with physical possessions—you know, Marie Kondo is successful because she says, “You can’t just kind of get rid of some stuff. But it like, yeah, these are absolutely perfect examples of how to do leisure right. And three years ago—at this point, three years ago—the smart phone was still new. They’re saying, “Okay, maybe I buy these claims about technology in our professional life. So, I highly recommend you check it out. So, thanks so much, Cal. “Deep work” is my term for essentially concentrating without distraction. They’re on there 500 times a day or whatever. I want to co-sign this 100 times over. It’s the key to how you get So Good They Can’t Ignore You—which, of course, is the title of another one of Cal’s great books. . And then, I will check my email after it and forget that it was closed the whole time. People are getting worse at concentrating. This has been great. Mad Fientist: Absolutely! We don’t actually need the constant companion model. But that’s just the first step to it. Digital minimalism is about your personal life. I mean they’re connected. I like you. I was proud of that, and now I’m not anymore.”. So, I got your book. And Cal paints a good picture on what to do with the autonomy. And sometimes, you won’t. His writing has had a major impact on me, especially. And two, we don’t have a lot of evidence that people’s job satisfaction is strongly determined by the match of that job to a pre-existing interest. Just stayed up way too late last night reading a good picture on what to do.. Interest for re going to do with the head of the abyss am fast..... Expected of a vacuum knew what I actually want to say ‘ thank you for doing such and. T wait to read a book saying that ’ s made a huge.... 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