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“What we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore—plays in defining the quality of our life.” — Cal Newport

Deep Work

Deep Work

by Cal Newport

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Deep Work Vs Shallow Work

Deep Work - Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value and improve your skill.

Shallow Work - Non-cogniti...

Why Is Deep Work Valuable?

  1. Single-tasking: Research has proven over and over again that multitasking makes people less productive. Without a doubt, focusing on one task at a time maximizes productive output.
  2. Without distractions: You get more work done when yo...

CAL NEWPORT

“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.” 

Deep Work Is A Skill

Deep work is a skill that needs to be practiced. You might only have the concentration and energy to do it for an hour or two a day. But slowly, slowly, as you keep honing in on the skill, you’ll be able to work deeply and produce massive amounts of work and reap all the benefits...

 The Four Rules of Deep Work

Rule 1: Work Deeply

Rule 2: Embrace Boredom

Rule 3: Quit Social Media

Rule 4: Drain the Shallows

Use One Of These Four Deep Work Strategies

  • Monastic: isolate yourself for long periods of time without distractions; no shallow work allowed.
  • Bimodal: reserve a few consecutive days when you will be working like a monastic (you need at least o...

Say “Yes” to the Wildly Important

  • It’s a lot easier to say no to distractions when you have a really big Yes that you’re pursuing.
  • This begs the question, what’s your wildly important goal? What’s the subject that arouses a terrifying longing in your heart? Figure it out, then banish...

CAL NEWPORT

"To build your working life around the experience of flow produced by deep work is a proven path to deep satisfaction."

The Deep Life

  • You need to constantly fight distractions, push yourself and your concentration to the limits, spend less time on social media, spend less time on the Internet, plan your days (even your leisure time!) in advance, and so on.
  • The deep life isn’t for everybody. Much easier to give in t...

To Work Deeply,

  1. Choose a Deep Work philosophy
  2. Schedule deep work blocks
  3. Decide where and how you’ll perform Deep Work
  4. Execute like a business
  5. Implement a shutdown ritual

Law Of Productivity

  • The New Law of Productivity: High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus)
  • The Principle of Least Resistance: Our tendency toward behaviors that are easiest in the moment.
  • Schedule in adva...

Quit Social Media

  • Social Media fragment our time and reduce our ability to concentrate, making it difficult to improve your ability to work deeply.

Do a test run: without deactivating, stay off consciously from your social media of choice for 30 days. After 30 days, evaluate:

CAL NEWPORT

“Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy

1. The ability to quickly master hard things.

2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.” 

How To Work More Deeply

  • Disable all incoming call/message notifications and badges
  • Become hard to reach
  • Quit social media
  • Work in a quiet place
  • Work at a quiet time
  • Limit internet acc...

CAL NEWPORT

“When you have fewer hours you usually spend them more wisely.”

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I recommend reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. It will increase your work productivity tremendously if you are able to practice lessons gained from the book.

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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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