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Deep Work by Cal Newport
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A shallow, poor quality book about deep work. The central idea is about scheduling distraction free blocks of time to help you reach a state of flow with your work so you can achieve more. The useful content could be summed up in about 10 pages. The rest of it is mind-numbing padding. For a guy who doesn’t want his time wasted, he wasn’t exactly respectful of his reader’s time. I grew quickly tired of hearing about how awesome this author is. Some of his comments on business versus academia are arrogant - especially his assumptions about how long it would take the average grad to learn various business tasks.

While I agree with the value of deep work, it’s not a new idea. And there’s nothing new here. I closed this book wondering if Cal Newport has it all wrong. I think he might do better to get off the academic publishing treadmill he has shackled himself to and prioritise quality over quantity in future.
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June 19, 2018 – Shelved
June 19, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 12, 2018 – Started Reading
July 14, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Shabana (new)

Shabana Mukhtar Nicely summed up! A lot of non-fic review these days mention the same thing - 'repetitive and nothing new'.


Mary-ellen Shabana wrote: "Nicely summed up! A lot of non-fic review these days mention the same thing - 'repetitive and nothing new'."

Thanks, Shabana! I hate to give negative reviews, but I really struggled with this one. :)


message 3: by Shabana (new)

Shabana Mukhtar I totally get it. But a reader's gotta do what she gotta do :)


Mary-ellen Maddie wrote: "Good honest review"

Thanks, Maddie :)


Mark Adam Summed up my feelings personally. My only take away outside of content for 2/3 lifehacker articles is the author's inflated opinion about the importance of academia.


Mary-ellen Mark Adam wrote: "Summed up my feelings personally. My only take away outside of content for 2/3 lifehacker articles is the author's inflated opinion about the importance of academia."

I agree! The publish or perish mantra needs to be broadened to include quality and humility.


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