Ultimate skill of 21st century – Deep Work

Some books you read, then forget. 

Others change you little, but the last book I read, it’ll stay with me. 

This brilliant book is “Deep Work” by Cal Newport. Why brilliant?

The book focuses on how Deep Work is the most valuable skill you can build in the 21st century when there are many distractions around us. 

The new law of productivity is:

High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus)

Why it’s hard to produce Deep Work? 

“Deep work is hard and shallow work is easier, and in the absence of clear goals for your job, the visible busyness surrounding shallow work becomes self-preserving.”

Cal points out what deep work and shallow work are, and he defines them like this: 

Deep work:
“Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”

Shallow work: 
“Noncognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend not to create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.”

How to build a deep work habit? 
1. Choose Your Deep Work Philosophy
2. Make Deep Work a Habit
3. Remove Distractions
4. Use Downtime to Enhance Deep Work Efforts

I’m starting to implement this to produce content for the next week or two to avoid thinking of something new every day. 

Read this book and watch your work get better. 

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