Deep Work

Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in A Distracted World

Streaming Audiobook - 2016
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"One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way. In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill. A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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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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