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Deep Work by Cal Newport
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bookshelves: 2018, bookshelf, non-fiction, self-improvement

An interesting and useful (in many ways) book. Below you can find top 10 things I have written down after reading it.

1. Define what matters to you most and dedicate most of your attention to progress in these areas (career, family, relationships, personal goals).
2. Define what shallow work means to you and minimize the time you spent on it.
3. When doing a shallow job, do it effectively (e.g., batch responding to e-mails in a single time-box).
4. Don't let others define your priorities. You don't have to reply to every e-mail someone sent you.
5. Be smart. If social media help you achieve your goals, don't reject it. Instead, filter all things and activities that don't produce ANY value in your life.
6. You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it.
7. Track and review the progress of the deep work dedicated toward your most important goals.
8. Use shutdown ritual to program your brain that the work for today is done, and it is the right time to rest and relax. Let your subconscious mind do its job.
9. Train your memory with memorization techniques (worth reading: "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer).
10. Challenge yourself by setting deadlines for all activities to overcome Parkinson's law. Use 30-minutes buffers in case an important activity was underestimated and you don't want to drop it unfinished.
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Reading Progress

December 22, 2018 – Started Reading
December 30, 2018 – Finished Reading
December 31, 2018 – Shelved
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: bookshelf
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: self-improvement

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