I don’t know if it’s just me, but with all my phone notifications, alarms, Alexa reminders… I get just a little overloaded! What a refreshing read of Cal Newport’s book, Deep Work.
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.
Cal Newport has come up with 4 core rules that will help you to take advantage of deep work and master your work.
- Work Deeply – “The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life. This is designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration.”
- Embrace Boredom – “To succeed with deep work you must rewire your brain to be comfortable resisting distractions.”
- Quit Social Media – ”If you want to eliminate the addictive pull of entertainment sites on your time and attention, give your brain a quality alternative. Not only will this preserve your ability to resist distraction and concentrate. But you might experience, perhaps for the first time, what it means to live, and not just exist.”
- Drain the Shallows – ”Treat shallow work with suspicion because its damage is often vastly underestimated and its importance vastly overestimated. This type of work is inevitable. But you must keep it confined to a point where it doesn’t impede your ability to take full advantage of the deeper efforts that ultimately determine your impact.”
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