Deep work can only happen when it is systematically integrated into your life

Cal Newport discusses a study by Wilhelm Hofmann and Roy Baumeister in Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted WorldBook - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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author: Cal Newport
title: Deep Work: rules for focused success in a distracted world




, that shows that people often experience desires to stop working/engage in distraction and often succumb to them. (Internet and TV are main culprits)

He argues that in order to make Deep WorkDeep Work
Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.

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happen in such an environment, good intentions are not enough and systems need to put into place that facilitate Deep WorkDeep Work
Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.

The entirety of [[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Foc...
. These need to be designed around limiting the amount of willpower spent on engaging in this deeper mode of working.

In practice, creating these systems starts with time allotment to deep tasks, which can follow several philosophies, which have tradeoffs in terms of output vs practicability

  • fully switch to Deep WorkDeep Work
    Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.

    The entirety of [[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Foc...
  • switch on a monthly basis
  • switch on a daily basis
  • (switch on an hourly basis, very difficult and not recommended)

Check this with the concept of systems in atomic habits (you don't rise to the heights of you goal, you fall to the ground of your systems)

A similar approach was employed by Luhmann and can be seen as The key to enormous success is not doing the hardest thingsThe key to enormous success is not doing the hardest things

The key to great productivity is not forcing yourself to do the hard things. It is to change your environment so that you naturally gravitate towards doing the productive thing.

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