Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
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 your 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 n...more
I am a medical physicist, with responsibilities in the clinic as well academically. Afte…moreI read this book twice. It really impacted the way I do work.
I am a medical physicist, with responsibilities in the clinic as well academically. After I read this book I stacked all of my rote clinical duties into two-week piles and plowed through them, leaving months to focus on my academic work as well as clinical projects that meant a lot to me.
I also have applied this at home with my writing, and likewise got way more productive.
It's a pretty good book. I view it as a wake-up call to a distracted world: just focus on one thing at a time and you'll be a happier, more productive person.(less)
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Part of me feels like a lot of what was said in the book is common sense. Particularly things that people know but can't find the willpower to do. I think that there is some truth to this. But there's also a difference between "knowing", and *knowing*. I think this book can help take a lot of people from "knowing" to * ...more
What I learned: (spoiler alerts)
1. Figure out what is most valuable to your success.
2. Spend most of the time on it, mostly in the early hours of your day where your attention span is long.
3. Try to spend at least 3 deep sessions on it approx. 90 min each.
4. Almost anything other than your main task is a shallow task.
5. Bunch all the shallow tasks into one deep task.
The problem is that the real ideas (have sender filter their own email, take time away from office, take email sabbaticals) might work for specialists, freelancers, entry-level workers or academics, like the author. But not once does th ...more
This book is mostly random commentary on other people's work and content. Almost nothing is original and no studies have been conducted by the author himself. The author's contribution is simply - this researcher found this, I do it this way and you should do it too.
The irony of this book is that the subject matter expert on deep work has produced such shallow content.
This book is less useful for people whose priorities include critiquing/reforming elitist institutio ...more
Dilettantes at Heart: "Deep Work" by Cal Newport
Hang on a second, I just need to head over to RTP1 channel to check on the weather. The rain that was forecast ten minutes ago might not be coming after all. Oh look, there's a cat juggling mice. I wonder what Donald Trump is up to. And there's someone talking shite about gun laws in the USA. He's wrong, he needs to be corrected. He's wrong again. And again. And again. What do y ...more
✅Periodic isolation —week/days/hours (for reading, thinking, new ideas)
✅ Quit (or at least strictly manage) social media
📌 Go online when you have a reason! (Make a list)
✅ 4-hour work/concentration law (+ cheat-hour)
📌 Have a routine
📌 Have a ritual (start + end)
✅ Pomodoro technique
📌 Have deadlines (shorter than anticipated)
✅ Let others know about your personal routine/isolation
📌 Combining an activity which doesn’t need much mental effort (e.g. walking) with analyzing/thin ...more
This marvelous book provides you with a great mindset, valuing deep work resulting in astonishing achievements.
The deep work book is organized in two sections:
1. The first convinces you of the importance and necessity of deep work in order to live a fulfilling and productive life.
2. The second part of the book begins to offer practical advices on cultivating a deep work rout ...more
Deep Work was a solid self-help/productivity book. Being a podcast junkie, I had heard the majority of things that Newport preaches in his book. However, I really appreciated his practical applications of how to enter into Deep Work, or 'the zone' as I call it.
In Deep Work, the author tells a story of a young consultant who automates his work responsibilities using Excel macros. He then studied computer programming to increase his worth in the workforce. I, too, am a cons ...more
This is not a masterpiece, it's not even a self-help book. You would expect someone that advocates deep work to have put a little bit of deep work into a book about it. It doesn't seem so. Maybe the author was too busy writing and publishing the nine peer-reviewed articles that he keeps claiming to have published wh ...more
“Deep Work is the 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.”Cal Newport offers a very compelling argument as to the value of
Say you were shoring up an ideology of service. Where besides abstract idealism would you draw from? Well, America's "me first" set has some very practical things figured out. Habits of mind that help them get "ahead" in the workplace.
This book is a great example of the kinds of literature they produce - it contains important information and some actually good critiques/ techniques for sharpening attention and the effectiveness of one's work. Newport is a very clear writer with a vast view of t ...more
I heard that somewhere, from someone smart (or someone with a low IQ who was over compensating).
I realised my ability to focus on one task had degraded horrendously since getting a new smartphone. Since December I've been enjoying this smooth user experience by paying constant homage to the little screen of joy.
The day my usage hit 4 hours I knew I had a problem.
Then I started reading Deep Work.
In a world of distraction the ability to deep work is king. It is i ...more
In general, the key is to find a good work flow by stimulating you in whatever works best and finding blocks of time without interruption to get deep work done. This seems like a good way to be most productive and is on ...more
I can't say it better than Natalie Luhrs: "Cal Newport’s Deep Work is both a useful and an incredibly infuriating work to read: there are a lot of really good productivity strategies but they’re encased in a layer of academic tech-bro privilege of which he seems to be wholly ...more
I value the author's ideas and found them helpful. My perspective regarding interruptions has shifted and I'm working on managing distractions better which in turn will improve overall efficiency.
Overall, a great book about productivity.
It's noteworthy that the book is written for people whose day job involves deep work. If you're a peon during the ...more
A first breakthrough came in the shape of the Personal Kanban approach. In contrast with a primitive and myopic to do-list driven routine, PK gave more context to time management decisions, provide ...more
I will work on a new project and this book will be a perfect fit for the new work environment, so I decided to revisit it.
I wrote my book (Desconstruindo a Web: As tecnologias por trás de uma requisição) using Deep work and it was an amazing experience.
Embrace boredom is the most difficult practice from this book. I use my phone a lot but most of the time I'm listening to audiobooks or podcasts. Instant messengers are still part of my daily life, I have to schedule some time to us ...more
The practical insights and thought that has gone into this book is well worth your time and energy. Newport has painstakingly crafted a tremendous arguments that proposes we spend more time on work that has greater impact in our lives (and the lives of others) and he also offers some tactical w ...more