To 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 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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or shallow work. 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




proposes that we use the followings question to resolve this ambiguity:

How long would it take (in months) to train a smart recent college graduate with no specialized training in my field to complete this task?

This heuristic actually helps us manage our time as well, because if it would be easy to train someone to do a given task, we can hand it off to them and clear our schedule, see Outsourcing parts of your small business is both powerful and underutilizedOutsourcing parts of your small business is both powerful and underutilized

One of the central ideas of [[Book - The 4 Hour Work Week]] is that you can save a huge amount of time and money by outsourcing repetitive tasks to offshore countries as a small business.
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