Deep Work – Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport, Grand Central © 2016
- “Deep work” is professional work that requires intense focus and concentration.
- Deep work is essential for and central to knowledge work.
- It is necessary for mastering complex topics more quickly.
- How much elite work you produce equals the time you spend on your task multiplied by how intensely you focus.
- Obstacles and conflicting demands are increasing every day and they hinder deep work.
- Deep work promotes a sense of flow, meaning and sacredness.
- Evaluate your habits and actions with the goal of structuring your time to protect the attention you need for deep work.
- Some people integrate deep work into their lives in daily units.
- Others, like Bill Gates, withdraw from the world periodically for periods of complete focus.
- To promote deep work, “embrace boredom,” “quit social media” and “drain the shallows” of your life.
- “Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capacities to their limit.”
“Deep work is necessary to wring every last drop of value out of your current intellectual capacity.”
“Shallow Work: Non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted.”
“To succeed with deep work you must rewire your brain to be comfortable resisting distracting stimuli.”
“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy.”