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Cal Newport

"The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. "

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  • Don’t schedule distractions. Schedule deep work.
  • Keep a scoreboard for deep work: The point is to shame yourself if you’re not up to snuff.
  • Stop saying “yes” to unimportant stuff;
  • Have a “Deep Work Ritual”
    • Deep work”: using your skills to create something of value. It takes thought, energy, time and concentration.
    • Shallow work”: all the little administrative and logistical stuff: email, meetings, calls, expense reports, etc.

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    Cal Newport, Author of Deep Work

    "A 40 hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure."

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    Cal Newport on better managing time

    • To-Do lists are useless. Schedule everything.
    • Assume you’re going home at 5:30, then plan your day backwards.
    • Make a plan for the entire week
    • Do very few things

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    Time blocking

    It's the practice of planning out every moment of your day in advance and dedicating specific time “blocks” for certain tasks and responsibilities.

    When you fill your calendar with the tasks and things you want to do, it’s harder for others to steal your time.

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