On Claude Shannon’s Deliberate Depth — Blog – Cal Newport

“cull your inputs.”

Thinking about being an RPCV and how this relates: building career capital is what is important, focus is what is important.

Building focus while also not being disengaged. valuing privacy and focus.

This is hard in the age of the cubicle!

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To quote Soni:

“[D]istractions are a permanent feature of life, in any era, and Shannon shows us that shutting them out isn’t just a matter of achieving random bursts of focus. It’s about consciously designing one’s life and work habits to minimize them.”


An Insightful Life Claude Shannon is one of my intellectual heroes. His MIT master’s thesis, submitted in 1936, laid the foundation for digital circuit design. (My MIT master’s thesis, submitted 70 years later, has so far proven somewhat less influential.) His insight was simple. The wires, relays and switches that made up the types of…

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Chris Albon : Tracking My Time At Techstars



I like this and want to do this:


or three months, from November 2nd, 2015 to January 31st, 2016, I tracked how I spent every 15 minutes of every day and categorized each into one of seven activities:

  1. Non-Technical Work: Email, writing, diagramming, project management, PivotalTracker, etc.
  2. Technical Work: Coding, designing, data analysis, etc.
  3. Discussion: Team meetings, speaking events, meeting with mentors or investors, Techstars happy hours, etc.
  4. Sleep
  5. Travel: Driving or flying (when I couldn’t do any work)
  6. Exercise: Running (which basically never happened)
  7. Personal: Time with family, cooking, hobbies, reading, housework etc.

systems health

In the summer of 2009 I was preparing for a swim that nobody had ever done before. Marathon swimmers are always looking for a body of water that has never been swum by someone else. The span of ocean between Catalina Island and Santa Barbara Island (SBI) seemed like a perfect spot. Four years earlier…

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