Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Updated: Jun 5, 2018

Laug Auf Think More. Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University, blogger at and author of many books, like this one: "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World". In this book he argues that our ability to focus without distraction is becoming increasingly rare (due, primarily, to distracting technology), and at the same time it’s becoming increasingly valuable (as the knowledge economy becomes more cognitively demanding). As a result, those individuals and organizations who cultivate their ability to perform “deep work” will enjoy a major competitive advantage.

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, 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.


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