Ep. 27: Inside My Planning Discipline, the Joys and Sorrows of Slack, and Finding Depth Among Shallow Friends | DEEP QUESTIONS

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In this episode of Deep Questions I answer reader questions about what’s on my weekly plan at the moment, the complicated impact of Slack, and pursuing depth among friends more interested in fun.
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Here’s the full list of topics tackled in today’s episode along with the timestamps:
WORK QUESTIONS
* Is monthly planning necessary? (Bonus: A look at my current plans) [2:12]
* Breaking up time blocks [10:03]
* Debunking writer’s blocks [11:28]
* Favoritism versus career capital [17:56]
* When to stop studying [27:35]
* Getting back up when struggling in your work [30:19]
QUESTION ROULETTE [34:58]
TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS
* The productivity apps I use [42:49]
* Do academics need good digital presences? [43:37]
* Leaving social media when you can’t leave the house [45:13]
* The mixed impact of the rise of Slack [50:53]
BACKSTAGE PASS [57:41]
DEEP LIFE QUESTIONS
* Finding a calling when you’re interesting in many things [1:01:57]
* Sticking to the deep life when you’re friends are deeply into the fun life (Bonus: tales from my one day as a Dartmouth frat brother) [1:07:14]
Thanks to listener Jay Kerstens for the intro music.

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