According to the author, Deep Work is the “superpower of the 21st Century.” Cal Newport, MIT graduate and associate professor at Georgetown University, states there are three types of people that will survive in tough times and prosper in good times:
Deep Work focuses on “Superstars,” in other words, people who:
Deep Work Defined
|DEEP WORK||SHALLOW 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.||Non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend not to create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.|
The items on your “To Do List” are either “deep” or “shallow.” Deep Work is hard and increasingly rare, yet extremely valuable. Shallow Work is easy and self-preserving, such as meetings, emails and reports. You should take great effort to diminish the time spent on Shallow Work so that more time can be spent on Deep Work. Those that can dedicate more of their time to Deep Work will reap great benefits, professionally, socially, personally and financially.
Deep Work Philosophies:
Creating rituals and routines creates habits and lessens the need to access your limited willpower.
How to Deep Work – Add Routines and Rituals
When you have intellectual material to master, going deep offers the best way to get there. Studying with distractions, multi-tasking, excessively checking emails and viewing social media are the antithesis to learning well. If you wish to gain knowledge and learn wisdom, you must study smarter, not necessarily study more.
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