Episode #84 – “Slow Productivity” by Cal Newport

We’re taking a fresh look at productivity in episode eighty-four of the Life Writers Vlog.

Cal Newport’s new book, Slow Productivity, challenges the hustle culture and advocates three things: do fewer things, work at a natural pace, and obsess over quality. When I first read the title, I thought it was an oxymoron. How can you be successful without hustle?

Let’s explore this intriguing concept and see how you might incorporate Newport’s premises.

Remember, the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

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Nancy Archibald
1 month ago

In my writing, it depends on whether I am writing to a prompt or writing a part of my life that requires research into my family history and/or history of the time period or place I am writing about. I can do a deep dive into research and be swallowed up for a few weeks on one story. If I am recalling memories, I go back after my first draft and add other memories that have surfaced. Other parts of my life are another matter. I try to balance exercise, life with family and friends, gardening, maintaining my health, and… Read more »

Kit Dwyer
1 month ago

I feel the same, Nancy. Thanks for helping explain the quandary of trying to balance the ten thousand things.

David Godin
1 month ago

I think, and overthink, a subject until I hit “critical mass”, and then I write fast. Critical mass is where I just can’t stand it anymore, like an aerosol can dropped into a hot fire, and I just have to get it out or it’ll explode.

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