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Master one of our economy’s most rare skills and achieve groundbreaking results with this “exciting” book (Daniel H. Pink) from an “exceptional” author (New York Times Book Review).
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.
1. Work Deeply
2. Embrace Boredom
3. Quit Social Media
4. Drain the Shallows
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.
An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & Leadership
Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller
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High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus)
Without explicit feedback on the impact of various behaviors to the bottom line, we will tend toward actions that are easiest in the moment.
1. Deep Work
2. Shallow Work
Deep work is the type of effort that is needed to stand out in a cognitively demanding field.
□ Minimize the shallow.
• Shallow work includes a low level of focus and consists of tasks that can be performed while distracted. These tasks don’t create new value.
• It is much more satisfying to create something extraordinary that only you can create.
□ Master hard things quickly.
• Focus on developing your high-level skills, and you will be more valuable.
• Be a superstar. Climb to the top by becoming the best in your field.
• Work your way up to being an owner. Owners are the most valuable people out there.
• Immerse yourself in your work to master hard things quickly.
“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, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”
“Shallow Work: Noncognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.”
In short, because it maximizes the amount of productivity you can squeeze out of a certain amount of time.
And the reason for that is quite simple. Deep work refers to single-tasking, without distractions, in a state of intense focus, for extended periods of time.
When you switch from some Task A to another Task B, your attention doesn’t immediately follow – a residue of your attention remains stuck thinking about the original task. This residue gets especially thick if your work on Task A was unbounded and of low intensity before you switched, but even if you finish Task A before moving on, your attention remains divided for a while.
Deep work is an important con ept to use to maximize productivity.
When we are task switching some of our attention is still thinking about the first task so we are only half-focused on the new task.
Having social media and email tabs open on your browser allows their notifications to pop up on the screen, which is enough to derail our focus
Todays workers feel like they are being more productive however they are merely moving information and completing small tasks which makes them feel busy--not productive though. Task switching and distractions are preventing us from truely focusing.
There are four strategies for achieving deep work:
Despite the strategy you choose the important part to remember is the the key is consistency with that routine.
The difference between being in the zone and deep work is being in the zone happens by chance and after hours of procrastination but deep work is intentional and desired.
One ritual you could have is to define your workspace. Placing a "do not disturb" sign on your door or going to a coffee shop or library
Another way is to define specific boundaries. For example, you could completely disconnect from the internet or turn your phone on silent.
You just need it to be a sustainable routine
In the future, work that requires repetition will be replaced by machines.
Only 3 types of people will survive. These are following:
1. People who can learn hard things fast.
2. People who are best at their work or are producing high quality work.
3. People who have capital for investing in future technologies.
Professional activities performed in a state of distraction free concentration that push your cognitive abilities to their limits. These efforts create a new value, improve your skill and hard to replicate.
Men of genius themselves produced great work only when did the work deeply.
We spend much of our day on autopilot not giving much thought to what we are doing with our time. This is a problem. We should adopt the habit of pausing before action and asking, "What makes the most sense right now ?". Hence,you should schedule every minute of your day.
Without structure,its easy to allow you to waste your time on social media,web surfing. To summarise, the motivation for this strategy is to recognise that deep work requires you to treat your time with respect. Scheduling every minute of the day is a simple habit that helps you to manage your time and maintain productivity.
Definition: 'Professional activities performed in a distraction-free environment that pushes your cognitive abilities to their limit. Those efforts create new value, improve our skills, and are hard to replicate.'
Deep work -
The non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted, tend not to create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.
We're often confronted by a feeling of not achieving enough or why relatively the other brilliant work contemporaries do better. The only difference is the depth involved in the work we do.
When faced with a hard problem, your mind, as it was evolved to do, will attempt to avoid excess expenditure of energy when possible.
One way it might attempt to sidestep this expenditure is by avoiding diving deeper into the problem by instead looping over and over again on what you already know about it.
When working on a proof/solution, mind has a tendency to rehash simple preliminary results, again and again, to avoid the harder work of building on these results toward the needed solution. Thus denying the needed growth that only comes about by going Deep into an idea/problem/concept.
Great idea comes from a great mind... Train your mind for deep work
This book made me productive , highly recommended to everyone !
“The more you try to do, the less you actually accomplish. They elaborate that execution should be aimed at a small number of “wildly important goals.”
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