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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-09
- Reviewer: Staff
In this strong self-help book, Newport (So Good They Cant Ignore You) declares that the habits of modern professionalschecking email at all hours, rushing from meeting to meeting, and valuing multitasking above all elseonly stand in the way of truly valuable work. According to him, everyone should practice deep work: professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. Newport calls on psychology and neuroscience, as well as common sense, to back up his recommendations. As to why people dont already work this way, he implicates a cultural narrative that stresses activity over concentration and that encourages workers to follow the path of least resistance. Newport encourages readers to take breaks from technology, recharge with downtime, leave social media, and reply to emails more purposefully. Its tempting to blow off the message as the complaints of an admitted non-technophile, but Newports disarming self-awarenessDeep work is not some nostalgic affectation of writers and early-20th-century philosophersand emphasis on a meaningful work practice thats rich with productivity and meaning makes for an excellent lesson in focusing on quality rather than quantity at work. (Jan.)