Deep Work

By: Cal Newport

This book delves into how you can vastly increase your productivity and the amount of valuable output you produce by training yourself to set aside regular, distraction-free blocks of time that push your cognitive abilities to their limits.  

 

My Top Takeaways: 

  • In order to work deeply you must simultaneously train yourself to focus your attention more effectively and wean yourself from distractions.
     
  • The best way to regularly engage in deep work is not to rely on willpower or inspiration, but to implement clearly defined routines and rituals that ease the transition into and out of a deep work state.
     
  • Rest and disengagement are critical to sustaining high performance. Down time should be spent on high quality activities that invigorate us - not defaulting to the easy, shallow options like mindlessly surfing the internet, watching tv, or browsing social media.
 
 

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