My new book: Slow Productivity

It’s hard to believe that we’re less than two months away from the publication of my new book, Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment without Burnout, which comes out on March 5th. As promised by the subtitle, this book describes a groundbreaking new philosophy for pursuing meaningful accomplishment while avoiding overload, based around three principles that will sound familiars to long-time readers of this newsletter: (1) Do Fewer Things; (2) Work at a Natural Pace; (3) Obsess Over Quality.

It’s here that I want to straight-up ask you a favor: If you were thinking of buying the book anyway, would you consider pre-ordering now in advance?

(Pre-order numbers turn out to be really helpful for authors. The major retailers, for example, look at them to determine how seriously to treat a new title. They’re also critical for bestseller list placement.)

To help thank you for helping me, I’ve put together the following collection of bonuses for those who buy Slow Productivity in advance:

Chapter-by-Chapter Audio Commentary [released on publication date]: On March 5th, I’ll be releasing an exclusive chapter-by-chapter audio commentary for Slow Productivity, allowing those who pre-ordered the book to enjoy a behind the scenes look into my thought processes and the insights that shaped my writing of the book, as well as ideas and advice that didn’t make the final edit.

A Slow Productivity Primer [available instantly]: Dive deeper into the slow productivity movement with an annotated collection of my best writing on the topic from the past four years.

A Slow Productivity Crash Course [available instantly]: In this targeted video course I explain the main ideas behind slow productivity, detailing the three main principles of the philosophy, and providing for each a piece of concrete advice you can implement immediately. This crash course will allow you to begin to enjoy the benefits of this approach to work right away while waiting for the book to arrive.

In case you’re still on the fence, here’s what some other people I admire have been saying about the book:

“With profound insights backed by research, analysis, and examples from the lives of scientists and artists, Cal Newport explores a better way to work—one that promises more calm, clarity, and creativity.”

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“This brilliant and timely book is for all of us who’ve grown disillusioned with conventional productivity advice, yet still yearn to get meaningful things done. With his trademark blend of philosophical depth and realistic techniques, Newport outlines an approach that’s more human and vastly more effective in the long run.”

Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks

Slow Productivity is an opportunity to understand why we so often feel frustrated with the demands of the world we live in—and what we can accomplish if we choose to turn inward, once again.”

Meera Lee Patel, author of Start Where You Are

“If you are stretched thin and having trouble getting everything done, you need to speed up, right? Wrong. In Slow Productivity, Cal Newport does what he does best, delivering counterintuitive secrets that just might save your career and sanity.”

Arthur C. Brooks, author of Build the Life You Want

To secure your pre-order bonuses, simply pre-order Slow Productivity, then follow the steps listed at:

Thank you for all of your support over the years. I’m excited for Slow Productivity to come out and am truly hoping it sparks a new conversation about the way we work.

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