- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (12 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780349413686
- ISBN-13: 978-0349413686
- ASIN: 0349413681
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 540 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Paperback – 12 Feb 2016
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About the Author
Cal Newport holds the position of assistant Computer Science professor at Georgetown University and his area of specialization is 'distributed algorithms'. He graduated from Dartmouth and obtained a PH.D. from MIT. Apart from studying technological development, he has authored books describing the impact of recent technological developments on our daily lives and work. Deep Work turned out to be a Wall Street bestseller immediately and garnered positive reviews from all major newspapers. His first book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, talks about the common myth of 'following your passion' and how it can actually prove to be detrimental. The controversial self help books penned by him are realistic and appeal to practical readers across the globe.
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Deep Work is a common sense book than a self-help book. The crux of the book is that there are two kind of work we do. One is Deep work and the other is shallow work. Deep work is rare and hard. Shallow work is easy and ubiquitous.
What is Deep Work? Deep work is concentrating on a cognitively demanding work with zero distractions to produce quality work. Its demanding and helps provide valuable things to society that are hard to replicate or replace.
What Shallow work? Any work we do on auto-pilot. Replying emails , social media presence etc. These work are easy to replace and not valued much in society.
The book is dividend into two parts. Part I is about why Deep work matter and its scientific backing. Part II is how to achieve Deep work.
Part I doesn't have to try hard to convince us about the internet chipping away our ability to concentrate and contemplate. And provides all the necessary studies and research on internet and its effects on attention. Most of the critique are well ground and rational, and definitely not a luddite rant on the internet.
Part II is how to achieve Deep Work.
Discusses on what type of Deep work philosophy to choose.
Ritualising Deep work: Identify Location and time to do deep work. Adhere to rules and process to deep work. (like no internet)
4DX fundamentals: Focus unimportant things, Act on measures, Keep a scorecard, Create accountability.
Embrace Boredom:Don't take break from distraction. Instead take breaks from Focus. Schedule your internet usage. Structure your deep thinking.
Quit Social Media.
Drain the Shallows: Schedule your day in blocks in advance to focus on Deep work.
Although it follows the typical science/self-help format with familiar paragraphs like 'The Study conducted by University of X researchers on group of people in Y of the age Z in ABC environment agrees with my thesis', this is a potent work with strong common sense solutions to the ubiquitous problem of shallow work. My thoughts on self-help books remains unchanged. However I would highly recommend this book.
To those saying that it is repetitive in the first part, I believe it is really necessary to convince us in all ways possible. Because everyone knows deep work is good just like everyone knows exercise and eating balanced diet are good but no one does them. You really need to be convinced in order to make permanent lifestyle change.
One of the best book READ in recent times.
The 4 rules of Deep Work
Rule #1: Work Deeply
Rule #2: Embrace Boredom
Rule #3: Quit Social Media/Distractions
Rule #4: Drain the Shallows
Other Important takeaways from the book
Focusing on one important task at a time- that’ll advance your position is true and pure deep work.
Deep work is a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.
You lose the sense of time when you’re working on engaging things.
Deep work leads to quick happiness and advances.
If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive- no matter how skilled or talented you are.
When you switch from some Task A to another Task B, your attention doesn’t immediately follow—a residue of your attention remains stuck thinking about the original task. This residue gets especially thick if your work on Task A was unbounded and of low intensity, before you switched, but even if you finish Task A before moving on, your attention remains divided for a while
Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.
Deep work training must involve two goals: improving your ability to concentrate intensely and overcoming your desire for distraction.
We spend much of our day on autopilot—not giving much thought to what we’re doing with our time.
The differences between expert performers and normal adults reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain.