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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“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.”
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...
Do a test run: without deactivating, stay off consciously from your social media of choice for 30 days. After 30 days, evaluate:
"To build your working life around the experience of flow produced by deep work is a proven path to deep satisfaction."
“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.”
“When you have fewer hours you usually spend them more wisely.”
Rule 1: Work Deeply
Rule 2: Embrace Boredom
Rule 3: Quit Social Media
Rule 4: Drain the Shallows
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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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“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.”
Our the ability to focus without distraction is becoming increasingly rare and valuable in our ever-connected world. Cal Newport calls this Deep Work and he contrasts it with shallow work:
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