Deep Work

Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in A Distracted World

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455586691
Branch Call Number: 650.1 Ne
Description: 295 pages ; 22 cm


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CRRL_JoyO 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. ... Read More »

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Jan 10, 2021

One of the best book on self help. The skill to do deep work is really rare and valuable. This book exactly tells about getting mastery in deep work.

Oct 11, 2020

During this time where there is no separation of work and home, I do find myself having issues getting to that level of deep work focus for my personal projects and skill sets I want to improve upon in my spare time.

This book provided some interesting ideas and strategies to implement in order to be more intentional with your time, get to that state of deep work and limit the distractions. I definitely recommend the read if you're looking for some similar guidance for personal or professional use.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Oct 08, 2020

I didn’t know how I’d feel about this one. There’s heavy emphasis on the successful work habits of tech company CEOs and other traditionally prestigious professionals, which is definitely not me- no way, no how. Given that I appreciated Newport’s most recent book, Digital Minimalism, despite its, in my opinion, also slightly elitist leaning, I decided to power through in hopes of 1) gaining a better understanding of the benefits of deep work (dedicated, focused work for long periods of time without interruption) and and 2) how to make time for it. While my job rarely allows for this approach, I plan to apply some of the takeaways to personal endeavors instead, and feel lucky to have that option. Sure do wish all folks, though, had the opportunity, in the professional and/or personal, for deep work. To think what could be...

Oct 24, 2019

This book is 10% interesting (albeit mostly unoriginal) ideas, 20% anecdotes presented in support of said ideas, and 70% unbelievable, mind-boggling, vacuous bloviation.

I would love to understand the thought process that resulted in this book being more than 60 pages. Especially because the topic is how to produce top quality output, and by my standards writing five pages when three sentences would suffice is the opposite of top quality. Is this how academics write these days? Is this a case of "I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead?" Was there a minimum length requirement by the publisher? Did Newport add all this fluff because he thought that was needed to make the book popular?

I really hope it's not the last one... In any case, if you also think there is something wrong with this book, now you know that you are not alone.

Also, I noticed that there was a long waiting list. You might want to just search the internet for "deep work summary" and spend an hour reading/watching the results. Chances are you will have covered everything there is to be learned from this book.

kristina_rad Nov 28, 2018

I picked up this book because I loved the title, I couldn't put it down because it is full of value for individuals seeking to be more productive and not just 'look busy'. Deep Work argues that by giving tasks or projects total focus for an adequate amount of time, the results can me amazing. At a time in our culture where distraction rules our attention, the strong argument for focus is inspiring. So many interesting stories in this book and especially enjoyed reading the authors own journey of becoming more productive, his tools and mindset. Great book for anyone who does anything and wants to do it better, with the super power of focus.

Oct 14, 2018

I recommend it for anyone who want to be productive and efficient in life.

Jul 31, 2018

--Started but could not complete.. Can not renew because of holds. Will have to re-plan.

cfskifreak Jan 08, 2018

This book is mostly common sense, but it has had a powerful effect on me. It made me realise how unfocused my work had become, and that I needed to get back to a more productive and simpler approach to my work.

I have started to apply Cal's recommendations, and driven to get the most out of 2018! I have even paraphrased the book into a short presentation for small team at work to learn from.

CRRL_JoyO 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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