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Cal Newport has proved himself as the most essential writer around, yet again making a compelling case for us to renegotiate our relationship with technology -- Bruce Daisley, author of Sunday Times #1 Bestseller The Joy of Work

Life is full of interruptions, but when a Cal Newport book appears, I drop everything and read. Newport is making an outrageous claim here: not just that email is annoying and overwhelming, but that we can and we will do much, much better. But with evidence and examples from the cutting edge of programming to the factory floors of a century ago, he makes a compelling argument. Read this superb book. It might just change your life; it's changing mine -- Tim Harford, author of 'How To Make The World Add Up'

This is the book I didn't know I desperately needed. If you are currently drowning in endless email and not sure where to start: read this book -- Emma Gannon, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Multi-Hyphen Method and host of award-winning podcast Ctrl Alt Delete

A World Without Email crystallizes what so many of us feel intuitively but haven't been able to explain: the way we're working isn't working. Cal Newport charts a path back to sanity, offering a variety of road-tested practices to help us escape the tyranny of our inboxes and achieve a calmer, more intentional, and more productive working life -- Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox

The future of work demands new tools of collaboration. Cal Newport is on a quest to uncover better ways for knowledge workers to collaborate. Out of this will come the new work space -- Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired

This new work from Cal Newport goes beyond hacking at the branches of the email problem and strikes right at the root of it. This is a bold, visionary, almost prophetic book that challenges the status quo. If you want to peer into what the future of work could look like, read this book now -- Greg McKeown, New York Times bestselling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

This book is a call to action. Newport suggests that now is the time to reimagine work with the specific goal of optimizing our brain's ability to sustainably add value. Don't let your teams and organizations lose out any further - read this book to help you get started -- Leslie Perlow, author of Sleeping with Your Smartphone and Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School

Cal Newport is an essential worker in today's hyperactive workplace, and his commitment to waking the digital sleepwalker should be applauded -- Damian Bradfield, co-founder of WeTransfer and author of The Trust Manifesto

Newport has defined the scale of a problem too few of us knew existed -- Pilita Clark ― Financial Times

About the Author

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism, The Time-Block Planner, Deep Work and So Good They Can't Ignore You. You won't find him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram but you can often find him at home with his family in Washington DC or writing essays for his popular website calnewport.com.

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  • Publisher : Portfolio Penguin (20 March 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0241341418
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0241341414
  • Item Weight : 388 g
  • Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Country of Origin : United Kingdom
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 March 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Insightful - Offering Practical solutions to find better focus without email
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Insightful - Offering Practical solutions to find better focus without email
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2021
This book introduces the big problem of email in our work and personal lives and offers insight into how our approach to working with email can be changed.

I have been in jobs where the rate of email and the expectation of quick responses has meant that I am constantly checking emails and reacting to requests. From the start of day, till the end of the week, all the attention and work is around email. The issue with this is you are constantly in reactive mode, spend more time on reading and responding to emails than actual work on tasks. This is what Cal refers to as the Hyperactive Hive Mind.

If you have read Deep Work then you will appreciate how important focused time is to produce high quality output and workplaces today with their constant focus on email or IM communications means that people are constantly trying to multitask and have divided attention spans. In the first part of the book, Cal presents the evidence of how Email reduces productivity, makes us miserable and has a mind of it's own.

The second part of the book focuses on the principles to allow for solutions for this. It also has case studies of organisations where they have adopted these principles and dramatically reduced the need and use of email. The four principles covered are the Attention Capital Principle, The Process Principle, the Protocol Principle and Specialization Principle.

The book has an academic style of writing which you will be used to if you have read Cal's other books and I think it really helps do a great job of painting the picture of how email communication became the problem it is now, how it impacts as and what we can do about it. The solutions aspects of the book aren't revolutionary but combined with the case studies and examples of what can be done, they provide a great framework for a change of attitude towards email and what can be done to actually improve productivity in the workplace.

If you are an employee you may not have as much influence in some of the solutions but you may be able to influence those you work with to understand the detrimental effect of email and other solutions including the use of collaborative software. Organisation leaders and owners could really get inspired with what is possible without email to start bringing in changes to how they work. It is not an easy change but one that is desperately needed. I urge you to read this book, also read Deep Work if you haven't and listen to Cal Newport's podcast - Deep Questions which are a great resource to help to adopt this mindset. I will continue to revisit these three resources and play my part in my workplace setting. We can collectively start to make things better. Let's not give in to the norm of the Hyperactive Hive Mind and create changes to support us to work in a more productive and focused manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's fight back against the tyranny of email! Cal, lead us!
Reviewed in the United States on 3 March 2021
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I’m in a phase of my business as a writer where I’m studying how to create a mindset where I’m balancing deliberate work with deliberate rest.

Managing the various tasks required of me as an Indie writer would become overwhelming if I didn’t take the time to learn how to think and work smart. Cal’s newest book, A World Without Email gave me tools to give email its proper attention while keeping the main thrust of my business — creating awesome content for my novels — my primary focus.
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