When I booked a flight I knew my best challenge would be to keep focused on my work, while traveling and moving between hotels. Maintaining a determine level of focus when your environment changes a lot, it’s easier said than done. In other words, I needed this book.
This book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport has helped me to focus my attention to the stuff that really requires it. In the book, Cal Newport shows several reasons to choose the depth life, techniques and examples of successful people.
It’s an interesting book, but the main struggle you’d find is to put it into practice. Are you willing to quit social media for a month? Or reduce drastically the time you spend with your phone? If so, good for you. If not, even getting one of two points of the book and put them into practice, it will make a difference in what you accomplish.
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“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
“Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy:
1. The ability to quickly master hard things.
2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.”
“If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.”
“To learn requires intense concentration: To learn is an act of deep work. If you’re comfortable going deep, you’ll be comfortable mastering the increasingly complex systems and skills needed to thrive in our economy.”
“To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction. The type of work that optimizes your performance is deep work. If you’re not comfortable going deep for extended periods of time, it’ll be difficult to get your performance to the peak levels of quality and quantity increasingly necessary to thrive professionally.”
“As Gallagher summarizes: «Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love—is the sum of what you focus on.»”
“What you choose to focus on exerts significant leverage on your attitude going forward.”
“The habit of frequently checking inboxes ensures that these issues remain at the forefront of their attention.”
“The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration.”
“Deep work can produce extreme productivity, but only if the subject dedicates enough time to such endeavors to reach maximum cognitive intensity—the state in which real breakthroughs occur.”
“There’s no one correct deep work ritual—the right fit depends on both the person and the type of project pursued. But there are some general questions that any effective ritual must address:
• Where you’ll work and for how long. Your ritual needs to specify a location for your deep work efforts. If it’s possible, identify a location used only for depth.
• How you’ll work once you start to work. Your ritual needs rules and processes to keep your efforts structured. Like ban any Internet use or a metric as work produced.
• How you’ll support your work. Your ritual needs to ensure your brain gets the support it needs to keep operating at a high level of depth. This support needs to be systematized so that you don’t waste mental energy figuring out what you need in the moment.”
“EMBRACE BOREDOM: Efforts to deepen your focus will struggle if you don’t simultaneously wean your mind from a dependence on distraction. Much in the same way that athletes must take care of their bodies outside of their training sessions, you’ll struggle to achieve the deepest levels of concentration if you spend the rest of your time fleeing the slightest hint of boredom.”
“When you notice your attention slipping away from the problem at hand, gently remind yourself that you can return to that thought later, then redirect your attention back.”