Deep work is an effort that creates new value, improves your skills and is hard to replicate

  • These are the three properties that Cal Newport uses to define "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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    author: Cal Newport
    title: Deep Work: rules for focused success in a distracted world




  • Newport argues that this mode of working is key to getting more done in less time and is key to truly outstanding performance. Vastly successful individuals like Bill Gates (think weeks in the woods), J.K. Rowling (writing the last part of the Harry Potter series in a hotel) and Carl Jung (who built a shack in the woods) were famous for their dedication to deep and disconnected work.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, there is "Shallow Work", described as
    • 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.
  • To differentiate deep from shallow work, the training required can be seen as a heuristicTo differentiate deep from shallow work, the training required can be seen as a heuristic
    For some tasks, it can be difficult to differentiate at a glance if they are [[Deep Work]] or shallow work. [[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World]] proposes that we...