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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World


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.

Title:Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:296 pages
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  • Adam Zerner
    Dec 01, 2015

    Overview: the thesis is that deep work is both rare and valuable in todays world. That's about 1/3 of the book. The rest of the book is practical advice on how to pursue deep work.Part of me feels lik...

  • Rachel Bayles
    Jan 06, 2016

    If you do one thing to improve your life this year, subscribe to Dr. Newport's blog and start reading his books. I would suggest starting with "So Good They Can't Ignore You" and then read "Deep Work....

  • SR
    Jan 14, 2016

    Worth reading. Helped me make some drastic changes in my schedule. I will post an update how these changes went after six months.What I learned: (spoiler alerts)1. Figure out what is most valuable to ...

  • Holger Matthies
    Feb 28, 2016

    It is easy to lose yourself in shallow work - I'll agree with the author. Other than that, there is very little of value or substance in this book. You might want to review your excessive tweeting. Yo...

  • Chris
    Feb 15, 2016

    This had a lot of valuable ideas about the importance of deep work and how to do it. Most people are going to buy into this concept easily enough, but Cal did a nice job further arguing it with some e...

  • Scott
    Feb 26, 2016

    OVERVIEW:Deep Work was a solid self-help/productivity book. Being a podcast junkie, I had heard the majority of things that Newport preaches in his book. However, I really appreciated his practical ap...

  • Emma Sea
    May 27, 2016

    One of Newport's main building blocks here is the concept of ego depletion: that our willpower runs down the more we use it. More recent research has cast doubt on the original framing of ego depletio...

  • Chris Porter
    Feb 03, 2016

    The ability to focus is the new IQ.I heard that somewhere, from someone smart (or someone with a low IQ who was over compensating).I realised my ability to focus on one task had degraded horrendously ...

  • Kony
    Mar 02, 2016

    Ideal advice for folks whose top priority is to achieve elite levels of professional success by capitalistic metrics -- namely by jumping through golden hoops very swiftly. The author, for one, is a p...

  • Philippe
    Nov 21, 2016

    Over the last years I have been on a quest to develop a more naturally flowing and productive way of life. The ability to focus, to prioritize and to rest is essential for someone who is engaged in an...