I can honestly say that reading Cal Newport’s Deep Work has been a life-changing experience for me.
Cal Newport explains that:
“ The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
Deep Work is a treasure trove of inspiring stories, strategies and advice on what Cal Newport called the core abilities for thriving in the New Economy, which include:
- The ability to quickly master hard things and,
- The ability to produce at an elite level in quality and speed.
Avoiding distractions and cultivating the ability focus are essential for both.
- Depending on your situation in life or the requirements of your job, you need to build a habit that allows you to focus without any distractions.
- Keep track of your learning progress and growth. This is essential for maintaining your habit and motivation for doing deep work.
- The secret to getting better at avoiding distractions is allowing yourself to get bored. Boredom and downtime are essential for processing complex ideas.
- Quit excessive use of social media. The book includes several strategies for managing your use of social media in case you don’t want to quit cold turkey.
- Limit the amount of shallow work by scheduling more time for deep work. In many jobs, shallow work, e.g. answering emails, IMs, and attending meetings, often leaves no time to focus on deep work. The strategies shared in the book can help you take control of your time.