...is the first element of deep work.
That means you won’t have the mental discipline to stay concentrated on a single task unless you prepare your mind and environment to it.
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A process of performing “professional activities…in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” - Cal Newport
Historically, psychologists used to refe...
... is all about taking your existing time spent working and concentrating it to make the most out of it.
But it’s not that you have to do more things in less time. Instead, it’s about getting more out of the tasks you normally do by reducing distractions. Deep Work is...
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.
But instead of denying their use completely, use the “Craftsman Approach to Tool Selection.” This means that you copy the way craftsman pick tools: they use the ones with positive impacts that outweigh the negative impacts if you are a Facebook Ads marketer, use Facebook. If you h...
"The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration."
If you want to find time for your deep work, close all your distractions—email, Slack, phone, internet connection—and work until you’re done. Then reconnect to the world.
The strategy is effective for the simple reason that you’re forcing yourself to do your work — you give...
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The modern working environment is making our ability to focus on a huge issue: Open-plan offices, social media, etc.
When you need to do deep work, remove the distractions and work on a single task. The task will get done quicker and to a higher quality.
How much time you should spend...
To learn hard things quickly, you must focus intensely without distraction. To learn, in other words is an act of Deep work.
To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distractions.
Put another way, ...
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