Deep Work - Cal Newport

Deep Work -
Cal Newport
About the Book
Multitasking Does
Not Equal Productivity.
How to Achieve Deep Work
The Difference Between Being
"in the Zone" and Deep Work
How to Rewire Your Brain
with Productive Meditation
How to Restore Your Energy
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Deep Work
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Grand Central Publishing
Cal Newport
Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington, DC,
where he is a writer and an assistant professor
of computer science at Georgetown University.
He also runs the popular website
Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.
When we switch from task A to task B,
our attention remains on task A, which
means we can only half-focus on task B
Similarly, electronic notifications have
a detrimental effect on our productivity
It may seem harmless to keep our social media
tabs open all the time while we work...
But merely seeing notifications pop up interrupt
our focus, even if we ignore them for a while
before checking on them
Workers feel like they're working more than ever
That's because completing small tasks and
moving information around makes us feel
like we've accomplished something
But in reality, these things just keep us
from truly focusing on important work
Monastic Approach
Bimodal Approach
Rhythmic Approach
Journalistic Approach
This includes eliminating all sources of
distraction and secluding yourself like a monk
This involves setting a clearly defined, long period
of seclusion for work and leaving the rest of your
time free for everything else
Doing deep work for blocks of 90 minutes
and using a calendar to track your accomplishments
Involves taking any unexpected free time
in your daily routine to do deep work
In the Zone
Deep Work
e.g. placing a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on
your desk, or going to a library to work
We often get in the zone by chance
Often only after hours of procrastination
Is intentional, methodical
It's essential to have rituals
to prepare your mind for it
Our brains are wired to be easily distracted,
which is why we find it hard to focus on one task
To rewire your brain, use moments that
would otherwise be spent unproductive to consider
a problem you need to take care of without letting
your mind change subjects
To get started, ask yourself questions that
identify different issues in solving a given problem
e.g. while you walk the dog or during your commute to work
Once you've landed a specific target, ask
yourself: "What do I need to accomplish my goal?"
Scheduling both work and free time
is essential to restoring your energy
By scheduling everything you do, you'll free
up time for being mindful of how you spend it
At the beginning of every day, create a
schedule with 30-minute blocks and schedule
everything from 'dinner' to 'reading'
It's ok to modify your schedule if things change;
the important part is to cultivate awareness of
how you spend your day