Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction.
Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mind-set that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in Deep Work, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state.
Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world.
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"Engaging and substantive.... Deep Work accomplishes two considerable tasks: One is putting out a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious, without relying on gauzy clichés. The second is that Mr. Newport resists the corporate groupthink of constant connectivity without seeming like a curmudgeon." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure. We don't need more clicks, more cats, and more emojis. We need brave work, work that happens when we refuse to avert our eyes." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)
"As automation and outsourcing reshape the workplace, what new skill do we need? The ability to do deep work. Cal Newport's exciting new book is an introduction and guide to the kind of intense concentration in a distraction-free environment that results in fast, powerful learning and performance. Think of it as calisthenics for your mind - and start your exercise program today." (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive)
"Deep Work makes a compelling case for cultivating intense focus, and offers immediately actionable steps for infusing more of it into our lives." (Adam M. Grant, author of Originals)
I like the logical structure while maintaining an easy context for wholistic understanding.
A good listen/read for anyone waning to achieve great things by being smart (use your brain to think strong thoughts)
This book has really challenged my view of effective work in our current environment. I have realised why I'm not achieving as much meaningful work and what I can do about this. A really timely read for all knowledge workers.
It has a seductive title. Everyone wants to learn how to work harder and for longer but trust me - this will not help you. I've listened to many similar audiobooks but this is based on the most loosely referenced information that will supposedly help you to improve your concentration. Nearly all of it is common sense and some of it is simply outlandish: "Memorise a deck of cards" "Store information as variables in your brain"??? Hmmmmm
I found it a great insight to change the way I work.
Distractions too often is rewarded because we seem adept in consuming more, but we're not taking anything in really.
Such a well written intriguing book that keeps you hooked from the first chapter. Wanting you to listen to more, Jeff teaches you how to take grip of not only your work but your whole life as well!
A narracao eh muito boa. Clara, fluida. Da para ouvir rapido.
O conteudo do livro também é muito bom. Me deu otimos insights. Espero me tornar mais produtivo com ele.
"Know: Deep work is useful,know u know it"
Disappointment. The book says why deep work is useful and all kinds of examples of deep work success stories. I agree. But that's it, that's the whole book. Well, he also says you need to go and do deep work, so go. Now you don't need to read the book.
Cal was Very corageous and original to throw out these ideas in such wired times!
"very applicable advise"
loved this book. I have no doubt that the advise and tips shared in this book is going to make me more productive in my work and even more present in my off time. must read in this time to tame your brain and getting your focus back where it belongs.
"Interesting book, that motivates you to deep work "
Interesting book, that motivates you to deep work by example backed up with methodology.
Can't say that I recommend it for everyone, but those who want to boost productivity it's a good one.
A good balance between anecdotes and studies on the effects talked about.
Much better than his earlier book So Good They Can't Ignore You.
Will update the review once I complete the book.
The writing style was keep consistent.
In this book, he argues that for jobs that require deep work a commitment to getting the maximum deep work will produce more value than filling your time with shallow work.
He argues that your time is valuable and you should reflect on if what you are doing is the most valuable way to spend it. Think through how you spend your time and see what the consequences of excluding things you do today, to further focus on your more valuable skills.
He cites studies that confirm the ease which we are distracted from deep work and emphasise the difficulty to learn how to do it and because of that, he suggests ways to make deep work easier.
"Very good advice but the first third of the book is boring"
I liked the book overall and the tips are great but i got really bored by the first third of the book where the importance of deep work is explained. It is probably due to the fact that I already recognized the importance of deep work before starting this book. A great book nonetheless
Great book for everbody who wants to do more and create real value. Many tips and ideas how to be more productive, how to do more in same time and how to manage life in general. Loved real life examples, it showed, that author is fully committed and these ideas works.
Book that you need to read/listen more then once.
"well written, well read, and extremely useful"
I almost didn't buy this but after hearing a recommendation I decided to give it a try, glad I did. If you're drowning in the day to day minutiae and struggling to get the important stuff done this book is a must.
"This book improved my productivness."
I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from constant procrastination and have difficulty with focusing on their work.
This is the third book by this about author that I've read and I loved them all. Cal's advice is always practical, well explained and to the point. I recommend highly.
"lots of advice. great read."
I wrote down quite a bit reading that book that I will use instantly. I wouldn't say I was a virgin to Cal's ideas. on a recent project I hid away in a conference room to complete the project with complete focus. no emails or Im. but admittedly I am more reactive to the demands of others than I am to my own made up goals. couple of things I'm going to enforce are more deep thinking moments. and the daily timeblocks allocated time. the thought of ownership for each 30 mins is good. and also saying no to things. I can often day yes to a lot of things. my thinking is that you never know which stone the gem is lying underneath. but after reading this book I need to be more defensive of my time. as a coder I have lots of ideas but email and calls keep me from acting on them.
"Brilliant book with easy to follow advice"
I liked the way that it just makes sense
When following deep work you quickly realise how "fast" you can get things done.
If you just follow the advice on e-mails time will flood into your day.
This is not about time management but it will free up your time.
In addition it is written in an easygoing style that encourages you to try it out.
The audible book allows me to listen when I am travelling so that I can continue reinforcing the techniques without effort
"not captivating enough"
it is full of truths but id did not captivate me enough to finish it
All principles on point and applicable to life style. Thanks you soo much for sharing this with the world.
"Just what I needed"
Already implementing changes in my business. Realisation that every team member needs their own shut off time - this book allowed me to realise this. So many habits to change and everyone already knows what has to happen but we've been consumed by distractions and now desire them even when we are trying to focus if something is not as enjoyable as we want it to be. A worthy read for business owners or anyone who sits on social media or the internet for long periods of time.
"Some good advice for office workers"
I've listened to other books on the subject so nothing new with regards the concepts. However this book relates them to real world scenarios and provides advice on how to improve your approach.
"Great if you are an academic, less so for sales"
OK and a few good ideas in terms of isolating yourself with quiet time to think through problems but I feel that this book is aimed much more at the academic community where publishing papers is a key measure of success. The analysis of social media streams is very useful.
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