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- Publisher: Piatkus (5 January 2016)
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- Language: English
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One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare.
'Deep work' is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. Coined by the author on his popular blog Study Hacks, deep work will make you better at what you do, achieve more in less time and provide the sense of true fulfilment that comes from mastery of a skill. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive economy.
And yet most people, whether knowledge workers in noisy open-plan offices or creatives struggling to sharpen their vision, have lost the ability to go deep - spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realising there's a better way.
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 to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and surprising suggestions, such as the claim that most professionals should quit social media and that everyone should practise being bored. Deep Work will point the way to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.
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Bear in mind, this book isn't for everyone. If you are an academic, writer, or any other kind of deep problem-solver, then big blocks of uninterrupted time for thinking are essential. But this isn't true of all occupations. Some of the guidelines for avoiding distraction will be useful for a wider range of readers, but we should understand that the need for deep work is not uniformly distributed.
I got a lot out of this book. If there is one criticism I had, it's that he seems to assume that it's ok for executives to be always "on", available to their teams and the firehose of information. (He is an academic, after all, where you can get away with avoiding admin work as a strategy to increase research output.) But strategic thinking IS deep thinking, and many senior people in public policy, especially, need to find the balance between the always-on mode and the deeper work that brings the analytical insights needed in that realm. People in those positions might want to complement Newport's book with "Paid to Think" by David Goldsmith.
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The book does point out that deep work genuinely isn't for everyone - for different but related reasons, CEOs of huge corporations and carers of young children might be better off entirely working at the 'shallow' level. However, it does make excellent points about how routine administration, productivity checks and social discourse, especially using social media, are vampires of time and attention like nothing else. As well as being very useful for individuals, many managers could usefully read this book, to help empower workers to achieve more of real value and - and this point is not unrelated - stop constantly harassing them with administrative requests of little or no real importance. One important facet of this is it shows very persuasively how deep work is almost the opposite of long work, or overwork - working better decreases working time overall, with much better results. For employees, and intelligent employers, what is not to like about that? It really chimed in with my experiences in the organized working environment.
So highly recommended for anyone interested in how to work better on an individual level, or how work might be done better on an organizational level. I suppose I can't say better than that I actually made one set of the recommended changes immediately on finishing the book...
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.
Highly recommend to anyone, and it has wide relevance across many fields. Also very readable and entertaining. It is a joy to read and has plenty of interesting tales and case studies to make the book flow perfectly, whilst imparting the necessary wisdom.
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.
I bought it after reading the kindle sample. If you've read the kindle sample, you've read the whole book - nothing else is added.
I'm not sure if I've learned something new that I haven't already read or watched from 5-15min reviews of the book.
In my opinion it could have been much shorter. I felt like I was wasting my time reading a lot of it as it was repeating examples and concepts.
very interesting about open plan offices which I have to suffer. It explains why I have become so frustrated.
Cal Newport offers a very compelling argument as to the value of organising those periods when we all need to focus on the work/knowledge we need to obtain to further our professional goals and ambitions. Newport cites examples of key influential and high achieving individuals such as JK Rowling and Bill Gates where they each notoriously became obsessively focused when they needed to achieve the important deliverables or direction they needed in their professional goals.
In a world where information is coming at us in greater variety, velocity and volume, we find ourselves unable to consume enough of or the right information, amidst all the noise. In a contrary way, as the information availability accelerates the less we effectively absorb as valuable and usable content. To be expert or at least highly capable in our work area, we need to build on strong learned foundations so we can deal with the inevitable problems with much more confidence and resourcefulness.
I would be a strong advocate for subconscious processing of information, and deep though periods, as long as we can secure the undistracted downtime for it to be properly embedded into our thinking and rationalisation processes. Newport provides a framework for achieving this way of deep life, but it does require drastic changes to your lifestyle. This may not be for everyone and certainly seems to be more geared towards those in pursuit of academic accomplishment or specialised achievement.
Newport does suggest that to live the life of Deep Work we need to put the distraction of social media aside so we can deploy our minds to its fullest capacity to create things that matter. While I accept that social media can consume considerable time that is of little value, there are many roles in today’s society and workplace that require constant engagement with customers, suppliers, colleagues and online audiences. Like many things in life, it’s all about balance and I would recommend the Deep Thought approach as part of a daily regime but not to the exclusion of all other interactions. It is difficult to account for every minute of the day and attribute it towards a valuable contribution and I can imagine this will lead to frustration rather than reconciliation.
I have started reading this book and I am still on page 72, but the style and examples are so awkward that, I decided to write a review now (the "it's ok" passport for all distracted CEOs, Furrer the craftman etc).
I decided to skip these repeating examples and concepts he is using to convince you and try to make the point. This book could have been much shorter.
One of the best book READ in recent times.
> Easy to read any follow as a beginner, anyone could pick this one up and understand it.
> Techniques are easy, understandable and detailed so which is great for beginners who try to avoid shallow work
> The size is great and the cover looks fantastic
To be completely honest Part 1 / 2 felt pointless and kind of repetetive after a while and e especially after reading part 2 the reader most likely doesn't care about the content of part 1 since most readers want to know how to know techniques to avoid shallow work and conduct deep work which part 2 sort of achieved.
Why not replace part 1 with content that actively helps the reader to achive deep work rather than trying to explain over and over again why deep work is important which the reader, judging by selecting this book, is already aware of.
> Long series of repetetive unnecessary text about why email is dangerous, why shallow work is dangerous and worse of all, dry pages of unnecessary situations experienced by the writer or his colleagues with deep work.
Great and all but the most important reason why many reader picked this book is because they want to achieve deep work and focus, not how someone else perceives / experienced deep work.
> Could've been compressed to fewer but more meaningful pages / techniques to achieve deep work and intense concentration. In fact after reaching pg.263 I was expecting around 30 more pages judging by the amount of pages this book has and the remaining pages I saw. What I saw shocked me: 27 pages of notes or more accurately sources (excluding 10 remaining pages of the index)
Conclusion / Recommendation ?:
Kind of. To be honest if you can get it used for half the price or get it as a gift then absolutely go for it. But to be honest this book felt more like a motivational push towards deep work and the importance of it rather than a concentrated crafted piece of literature that actively wants the reader to become concentrated / focused and experience deep work. Honestly I think get a book that gives you more techniques and explanations than reasons.
I felt so scattered and I saw how distracted I was. I was given proof and reason for my lack of concentration, attention and focus. How constant notifications, beeping and pinging can really affect my brain. To be very honest, I was given a gentle wakeup call about how damaging doing “shallow” activities constantly can be. I was also shown that in order to do some real meaningful work without being overworked or stressed, working with intense focus is an absolute necessity.
What I found particularly interesting about this book was the rules for creating and maintaining depth. They were somewhat obvious at first, however, when explained in more detail, it really practical in practice. The author made it easy for me to bring this skill into my life. My favourite was to “Embrace Boredom” which was surprisingly easy to put into practice!
Both sides of the argument were played for “shallow” activities which also showed that it is necessary and for some jobs, it is essential. However, for knowledge-based work, depth is more so. As the working world has shifted from crafts and hard labour to offices and the internet, every “tool” is something we “must use” and “must have”. However, this doesn’t mean that we have to use every “tool” available to us. Social media, emails and other activities aren’t a bad thing, it just depended on whether they would add value to my life or if I would abuse them?
Overall, I have gained a bit more clarity in my mind and in my life. I will look to continue building my deep work skill and maintaining this all-important depth in my life 🤓
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