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.
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.
"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.
"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.
All principles on point and applicable to life style. Thanks you soo much for sharing this with the world.
"Worth the time."
Good book, good points, good transfer-value to real life. Read it. a . . .
"Worth another read"
The practical suggestions are great and offer some hope on how to improve your productivity
My introductory book and an interesting view on how to achieve focus in this distracted world in which we live. Some great tips and ideas for establishing habits.
"Loved the practical steps"
I liked how Cal told us what we need to do in order to undertake Deep Work. I'm confident that these steps are a way of enriching our lives.
"Interesting for the technical & the practical"
Very interesting concepts backed up with research.Lots of practical information to apply to your life.
"A brilliant listen"
This was a very insightful audio book on how to bypass the noise in today's world to get on with the stuff that truly matters!
"How to work well in a busy world"
Great theories on how focusing on the important tasks can make you much more productive and successful, in a world determined to only focus on unimportant "quick wins" tasks.
A must for any knowledge worker today, to turn around their work role to become more productive and successful.
"not captivating enough"
it is full of truths but id did not captivate me enough to finish it
"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.
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