“Deep Work is professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their optimal level. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”
Deep Work, a term coined by MIT graduate and Computer Science Associate Professor at Georgetown University Cal Newport, was developed to highlight a technique which optimizes outcomes for individuals where high performance is rare and valued. One example in Newport’s book illustrates Adam Grant, the youngest professor ever awarded tenure at the University of Pennsylvania. Grant achieved his rapid rise in university rank with uncommon speed because of the high quality and prolific rate of his research articles published in major journals, seven in 2012 alone, an amazing feat. One feature of Grant’s success is his ability to parcel his academic terms, teaching in the fall with full commitment to research and publishing in the winter, spring and summer. Thus, he is able to “go deep” and focus on his research priorities without the typical distractions. Multitasking is not an option for Grant. Do one thing at a time; and do it well.
Advantages of Deep Work
What is Deep Work?
Deep Work: The Process
where you work solely on your priority;
Michael Richardson, MD | resource: Dan Silvestre October 1, 2019
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