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Deep work is the act of performing thoughtfully and with focus, concentration, and intent. It's the opposite of multi-tasking.
The deep work rules are designed to help you make the most of your time and attention, to better achieve your goals.
It’s not enough to have the intention to work more deeply. We need to systematically install new routines and rituals to create the new habits that will lead to more and more deep work. This is a hallmark of great humans.
For some reason these days, the MOMENT we have a lull in our lives—whether that’s a few minutes before a friend arrives for lunch or in line at the grocery store or whatever—most of us *immediately* grab our smart phone and compulsively check out whatever we think we need to see right this second. We have about a hundredth of a second of tolerance for boredom.
Cal tells us that rather than immediately flail around in the shallow end of the distraction pool, we need to EMBRACE BOREDOM. Use those moments to think or breathe deeply.
If there’s a poster child for shallow living, it’s social media. Cal walks us through a logical analysis of the fact that just because there’s a little benefit to things like social media (e.g., staying connected to old friends, etc.), doesn’t mean it’s actually worth the time we give it.
If we REALLY want to live deeply—working and loving—we can do better than fritter away our time on social media. The bold among us shall quit it!
One of Cal’s big tips here? SCHEDULE EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. Not to drive yourself crazy, but to bring more mindfulness to your day.
Books, meditation and lying on a couch with food & watching movies are my favorite things. At the same time, I help anyone to get the clarity and push they need to move beyond their fears, uncertainties, procrastination to make real progress on life goals.
Deep Work is a book about the skills we need in the age of Google. To thrive in the modern world, you have to have the skills of the masters: concentration, focus, the ability to work deeply, the talent to produce high-quality work without getting distracted. This breakthrough guide to focus and productivity is the most talked-about business book of the year.
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