Bring Deep Work Into My Life

A discussion on the value of cultivating a skill for deep, focused work.

Cal Newport’s book, Deep Work, has positively impacted me.

While I heading into the field of research as a “knowledge worker” (described in such a term in this book), deep work showed as a precious skill that allows me to master complicated information and produce better results in less time. So, this is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

An equation described in a chapter, which I think somehow could be the nut-shell takeaway for the audience.

Law of productivity: high-quality work produced = time spent * intensity of focus

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

The second part of the book is about helping readers deploy more deep work in their lives. To do that, Cal Newport has come up with the 4 rules. And I highlight the two of them: work deeply and drain the shallows.

Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push 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 to not create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.

I highly recommend this book for:

  • Anyone who wants to increase their productivity, especially knowledge workers
  • Anyone who wants to get more done, but in less time
  • Anyone interested in the science of multitasking, attention, and productivity

The ideas and principles in this book are very applicable to almost any field or industry. In various learning journeys, being able to do deep work effectively will help you learn faster and perform better.