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On Doing Your Life's Work | Scott H Young

On Doing Your Life's Work | Scott H Young

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We all have good intentions about getting work done, but we rarely stick to them. Instead, we allow distractions to use up our time until there is nothing left.

We need to choose what is worth paying attention to. A system of focus will help you to keep track of deep work....

  • Shallow work is all of the routine activities that accompany work, but don't require skill or concentration, such as answering emails, attending meetings, or paperwork.
  • Deep work is what you're paid for. It's a hard-to-do, attention-demanding activ...

The Difficulty of Depth

  • Quantity: We don't do enough deep work. Shallow work seems more urgent and is easier to pay attention to.
  • Quality: We don't do deep work for long enough. To be effective, we need large, uninterrupted chunks of time.

We may intend to g...

The system to perform your best work is simply to continuously track your deep work hours. Keeping this record can be an eye-opener to how you spend your time. You may find that only a quarter of your available working hours are spent on deep tasks.

  • Note the ...

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