Deep Work

Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in A Distracted World

Audiobook CD - 2016
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Newport explains how to systematically train the mind to focus and reorganize work lives so that deep work is at the core. He argues why this shift is crucial to stay ahead in a complex information economy. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions people can make in an increasingly distracted world.
Publisher: [United States] : Hachette Audio, [2016]
ISBN: 9781478936596
Branch Call Number: 650.1
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Bottoms, Jeff


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Apr 24, 2017

Deep work, as a concept, is the act of sustained concentration and focus. Easy to understand, but extremely difficult to build as a regular practice. While our world is exponentially propelling itself towards a 24/7 existence of distracted hyper-connectivity, the idea of committing to deep work on any level is both seemingly impossible and vastly needed.

I had read Cal Newport's other book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, and I thought it excellent so I was eager to start this one. I took a bit longer with Deep Work before I saw the appeal. The author is an associate professor of computer science so there's this constant sense that the kind of work habits he proposes wouldn't apply to 90% of the workforce. While true to a degree, I chided myself for my knee-jerk cynical reaction. I want more deep work in my life, and I refuse to let my circumstances dictate whether it's possible or not. Of course it's possible. It's just a matter of getting there. Deep work is a worthy change to strive for no matter what your background.

It was near the end of the book where the author mentions, almost offhandedly, what I took as the main hurdle people experience while trying to include more deep work in their lives: They are forced to confront the possibility that their current best isn't all that good. It goes without saying that an improvement on the level that deep work requires would also necessitate improvement in one's ability to self-assess.

Feb 20, 2017

Get rid of high tech distractions like the internet and focus on what you are doing.


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