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Deep Work Vs Shallow Work

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-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend not to create much new value in the world.


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Why Is Deep Work Valuable?

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 you’re not constantly interrupted by distractions.
  3. Intense focus: If you can put all of your energy on the task at hand without distraction, you’ll get a lot more work done in less time. The more focused you are, the more productive.


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



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Deep Work Is A Skill

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 of deep work.


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 The Four Rules of Deep Work

The Four Rules of Deep Work

Rule 1: Work Deeply

Rule 2: Embrace Boredom

Rule 3: Quit Social Media

Rule 4: Drain the Shallows


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Use One Of These Four Deep Work Strategies

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 one day a week).
  • Rhythmic: take 3-4 hours every day to perform deep work on your project.
  • Journalistic: alternate your day between deep and shallow work as it fits your blocks of time(not recommended to try out first).


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Say “Yes” to the Wildly Important

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 distractions from your life and use deep work to make it happen as quickly as possible.


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



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The Deep Life

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 to the comforts of artificial busyness. Much easier to waste away time on social media. Much easier to occupy yourself with shallow tasks. Much easier to give in to temptations whenever they arise.(Shallow Work)


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To Work Deeply,

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


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Law Of Productivity

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 advance when you’ll use the Internet, and then avoid it altogether outside these times. Do it both at home and work to further improve your concentration training.
  • Practice productive meditation : This a period in which you’re occupied physically but not mentally—walking, jogging, driving, showering—and focus your attention on a single well-defined professional problem.


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Quit Social Media

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:

  1. Was it impossible for you to stay away or were you greatly inconvenienced?
  2. Did anyone care?

If you want to eliminate the addictive pull of entertainment sites on your time and attention, give your brain a quality alternative.


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“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.” 



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How To Work More Deeply

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 access


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



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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

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