Cal Newport

Bestselling Author, "Slow Productivty," "A World Without Email," "Digital Minimalism," and "Deep Work"
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Cal Newport is a bestselling author, productivity expert, and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. At the center of his work is the idea that our modern understanding of productivity is all wrong. Rather than working toward consistent high-quality output, we’ve placed performative busyness on a pedestal, and expectations of constant digital communication and around the clock availability have ruined our capacity to do truly meaningful work. He is the architect of the deep life movement which offers a better, more effective way of working and aims to recondition humanity toward meaning and focus in a world increasingly deluged by technological distraction.
Cal signed his first book deal soon after his 21st birthday, while still an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. He has since authored eight books that have collectively sold well over two million copies and have been translated into 40 languages. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling trilogy of books exploring the intersections of technology, work, and society: Deep Work, Digital Minimalism, and A World Without Email. In March 2024, he expands on this line of work with Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout. Said to deliver “counterintuitive secrets that just might save your career and sanity” by Arthur Brooks, Slow Productivity asks that we do less, work at a natural pace, and obsess over quality.  
In addition to his books, Newport has taken to various forms of other media to communicate his paradigm-shifting ideas on living and working with more depth and meaning. Since 2007, he’s penned weekly posts for his Study Hacks blog and newsletter that gets over two million visits and tens of thousands of subscribers each year. He also hosts the Deep Questions podcast where he offers advice about cultivating focus, productivity, and meaning amidst the noise that pervades our lives. Launched in 2020, the podcast accumulated over seven million downloads in its first two years and has continued to grow ever since. Cal is also a contributing writer for The New Yorker and has also written for New York Times and WIRED.
Cal Newport is a proponent of the emerging discipline of digital ethics. He is one of the founding members of Georgetown University’s Center for Digital Ethics and the inaugural Director of the College of Art and Science’s Computer Science Ethics and Society major. With the Center for Digital Ethics, Newport works to ensure technological progress supports the betterment of humanity through ethical theory, policy, and practice.
As an academic, Cal’s computer science research focuses on the theory of distributed systems, with a particular interest in what can and cannot be solved in challenging settings, such as communication networks with unknown participants or changing topologies, or biological systems. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited over 4,500 times. He earned his PhD from MIT.

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How To Stop Wasting Time: The 5-Step Productivity System To Organize Your Life
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Productivity Toolkit: How To Achieve Any Goal, Focus & Enter Flow State On Command
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How Will AI Transform Productivity?
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Why You Should Quit Social Media | The Breakfast Club
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"So Good They Can't Ignore You" | Talks @ Google
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Quit social media | TEDxTysons
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How to Quit Social Media and Master Your Focus | Impact Theory
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How to do digital detox? | GMA
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Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport | Rich Roll Podcast
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Digital Clutter | the minimalists
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Articles

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The Cure Burnout, Embrace Seasonality
New York Times
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How to Have a More Productive Year
The New Yorker
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An Exhausting Year in (and Out of) the Office
New Yorker
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It's Time To Dismantle The Technopoly
The New Yorker
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Neil Gaiman's Vision for the Future of the Internet
Cal Newport's Blog
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Solving the Productivty Paradox
New Yorker
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How to Read Five Books Per Month & Become a Serious Reader: Tips from Deep Work Author Cal Newport
Open Culture
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Cal Newport: Overstimulation Is Ruining Your Life
Mind MAtters
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We Don't Need a New Twitter
The New Yorker
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Cal Newport '04 Discusses Changes Ahead From AI
Dartmouth News
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How the Digital Workplace Broke Our Brains
The Ringer
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Author Cal Newport '04 leads discussion on productivity in the digital age
The Dartmouth
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What Kind of Mind Does ChatGPT Have?
The New Yorker
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How Cal Newport rewrote the productivity gospel
Financial Times
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On Section 230 and the Dream of a More Human Internet
Study Hacks Blog
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The Digital Workplace Is Designed to Bring You Down
New York Times
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The Year in Quiet quitting
The New Yorker
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What Hunter-Gatherers Can Teach Us About the Frustrations of Modern Work
The New Yorker
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Getting Things Done Together
The New Yorker

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