Rob Walker: It Hurts to Be Present

Rob Walker: It Hurts to Be Present

Are you paying attention to what you are interested in? Or are you paying attention to what tech companies want you to be interested in? In this final episode of season 2 of Hurry Slowly, journalist Rob Walker and I discuss the power of directed attention and his new...
Jenny Odell: How To Do Nothing

Jenny Odell: How To Do Nothing

Every action doesn’t need to have a deliverable. In fact, engaging in “non-instrumental” activities is part and parcel of taking care of yourself and just, well, being a good person. This is the sentiment at the core of the artist Jenny Odell’s slow and beautiful new...
Cal Newport: Using Technology with Intention

Cal Newport: Using Technology with Intention

Is it possible to align your use technology with your most deeply held values? This is the question that Cal Newport seeks to answer in his latest book, Digital Minimalism. For those of you who don’t already know Cal, he’s the author of the runaway hit Deep Work and...
Jonathan Fields – Attention Is Life

Jonathan Fields – Attention Is Life

It turns out that attention isn’t just about getting focused, it’s also about opening up. Opening up to new ideas, opening up to your intuition, and opening up to luck. In this episode, I chat with writer and podcaster Jonathan Fields about how to cultivate “exquisite...
Jocelyn K. Glei: Living Life on Auto-Pilot

Jocelyn K. Glei: Living Life on Auto-Pilot

What if you don’t have as much control over your attention as you think? In this mini-episode, I explain how understanding what your brain is doing on “auto-pilot” is the key to unlocking your focus. And breaking your smartphone addiction. Key takeaways from this...
Craig Mod: I Want My Attention Back!

Craig Mod: I Want My Attention Back!

Did you know that the mere presence of a smartphone near you is slowly draining away your cognitive energy and attention? (Even if it’s tucked away in a desk drawer or a bag.) Like it or not, the persistent use of technology is changing the quality of our attention....