Deep Work emphasizes the need for constant awareness. In modern day society we are prone to distraction by all sorts of media and entertainment: TV shows, computer games, social media apps on phones…indirectly, or even directly, leading to ignorance. They are distracting because the entertainment provided is addicting—on purpose, so that the end user spends substantial amount of time, money, and/or attention unwillingly (in terms of life’s overreaching goals)—yet conditioned to believe they are in control. “Are you playing the game, or is the game playing you?”
Deep Work is also about focus; you need to be hyper-focused on a productive activity to achieve the optimal results, and cannot work efficiently when distracted by a recurring, shallow event like constant notifications on your phone.
About The Book
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, author and professor Cal 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.
Written by Cal Newport.