Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Published by Grand Central Publishing on January 5th 2016
Pages: 296
My Rating: five-stars

One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.

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.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

I listened to the audio version of this book while walking in the morning before work. It was like lying back in one of the chairs from The Matrix and getting a direct brain feed of some skill. It was very energizing!

This book came to me at a great point of my year and business life. It was the beginning of the year so was open to changes in routine and I was feeling very distracted and unable to get work done.

I want to buy the paper copy of this book and keep it as a reference and get the audio so I can re-listen during my morning walks.

Over the past half year I’ve started to apply some of the concepts taught in the book and they have helped me be more profitable and less stressed in running my businesses.

This is a must read for just about anyone in any type of profession.

This was book number 2 of 52 for 2017.