Deep Work : Rules for Focused Success in A Distracted World

Deep Work : Rules for Focused Success in A Distracted World

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Grand Central Pub
An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & Leadership
Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller
A Business Book of the Week at 800-CEO-READ

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.


Baker & Taylor
Argues that the ability to apply sustained attention to a valuable task is the new key to achieving success and true meaning in one's professional life. By the author of So Good They Can't Ignore You.

Publisher: Grand Central Pub.,, 2016
ISBN: 9781455586684
1455586684
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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CRRL_JoyOToole Oct 23, 2017

What an eye-opening book this has been. It didn’t take Newport long to convince me of the importance of deep work. The most important aspect of this book was the useful strategies he included to incorporate deep work into my life. This is certainly one of the best productivity books I have read. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do more high level work.

aduckie88 Aug 15, 2017

Absolutely fantastic book!

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one_hundred
Aug 10, 2017

The advice that is in the book is definitely solid, as I've been following a lot of the book's prescribed practices for years (albeit, pieced-together over the years from various books & sources), and they have done wonders for my ability to stay focused (and my ability to leverage "being lazy", as the book puts it).

However, I'm giving this book 3 stars because most of this book is just filler, with lots of meandering, anecdotes (albeit, mostly-interesting-ish anecdotes), and long passages of text that glorify simple pieces of common sense. The actually-useful, juicy information is a bit too sparse, and I feel that it could've been a fraction of its length, and still just-as-effective.

My advice: Don't read this book. But if you're still interested in it, then read it, but don't be afraid to drop it if it starts to become boring or you feel it's losing its focus as you're reading.

EDIT: Perhaps it's a little harsh to say "don't read it", as I might've been taking some things for-granted due to my existing familiarity with many of the concepts in the book. So if the things described in the book are new to you, then yes, this book might be a game-changer for you, and worth reading, despite the filler. (Though even with the filler, I consider this one of the better "self-help / productivity" books out there.)

Sigh. If only there was a definitive "productivity" book that contained strategies like the ones in this book, but which was more concise and easily-recommendable to others.

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fatcat21
Jan 18, 2017

The title just about says it all. This book talks about the ability to focus in a world with a million distractions and how deep focus fosters high levels of productivity, success and personal satisfaction. I thought this was an excellent book and I got some great ideas out of it.

"Deep Work" by Cal Newport is readable, timely, and highly relevant to the information age we're living in. Newport's main argument outlines the differences between "Deep Work" and "Shallow Work" and challenges the reader to examine how much of each they are doing in their professional and personal lives. Shallow work is the type of work that makes one feel busy/productive, but doesn't dig into real creative, valuable content or meaningfulness. Deep Work, on the other hand, does- and is generally completed without distraction, a rarity in most current work environments. This book will certainly make you rethink your habits, evaluate the satisfaction you get from the work you do, and focus in on what you truly want to get accomplished in your life. Pretty deep stuff! ;)

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iamirak
Sep 05, 2016

Even if you read Newport's blog or have heard him speak, this book is worth reading. Supported by research and written in a very accessible way, this book was outstanding.

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