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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

2016 . Self Help, Business & Finance, Non-fiction . Cal Newport

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About the book


One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way. In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill. A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.






Grand Central Publishing




1455586692 (ISBN13: 9781455586691)



Morten V Schroeder image

1 month ago


Interesting book with an cool premise: Deep work is increasingly important in our society but becoming harder and harder to realize because of the constant distractions we all face (and allow in our life). It’s one of those books where it does feel like you could have probably learned the main arguments from without reading the entire book! With that, it made me do the following: - turn off notifications on a bunch of apps - delete quite a lot of apps on my phone - block 3 hrs in my schedule for deep work (try to get uninterrupted work time - easier said that done)


ju lien

4 months ago


Thank you Cal Newport for that awesome book! shalow vs deepwork