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Deep Work by Cal Newport
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really liked it

Worth reading. Helped me make some drastic changes in my schedule. I will post an update how these changes went after six months.

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.
6. Nature helps to retain your attention span.
7. Email and Internet in general is a huge attention sucker.

What I disliked:
1. It is hard to remember what the rules are after reading the whole book. "So good they cannot ignore you" did a better job at this.
2. I did not like the way the content is organized. Three/four huge chapters.
3. Some places it felt like fillers.
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Reading Progress

January 5, 2016 – Started Reading
January 14, 2016 – Shelved
January 14, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ozeal (new) - added it

Ozeal Thanks for sharing this. I want to read the book but feel you included the key lessons for anyone to get started on focused work. Bravo!


message 2: by Nico (new) - added it

Nico Arete Did you see any change?


message 3: by Legolaus (new) - added it

Legolaus Did you notice any changes?


Kimball It's been more than six months. We're all waiting for you to keep your promise.


Patricija - ReadOff I agree with you! Should've read your comment, beacause you sumerized it well. Most of the stuff he wrote i already knew so i was disappointed.


Alphie I agree with you. When I got towards the end, I thought about watching a youtube summary just so I can refresh my memory.


message 7: by Adrián (new) - added it

Adrián Pauly He's working so deep he hasn't had time to post the update


message 8: by John (new)

John P. Stop working and update us. This post just got in the way of what I need to focus on!


message 9: by Nicole (new) - added it

Nicole Kirigin It's 2019 now dude


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