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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.
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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.
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.
Deep work is the act of performing thoughtfully and with focus, concentration, and intent. It's the opposite of multi-tasking.
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...
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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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“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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