Short Book Summaries

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World | Cal Newport

Do deep work and produce value to contribute to humanity and live fulfilled. Deliberately schedule one to four hours of intense, concentrated work each day. Four hours appears to be the upper bound of what’s humanly possible. Focus on hard work that arouses our “terrific longing.” “Execution is more difficult than strategizing,” so schedule in advance to prioritize deep work. “Don’t waste mental energy figuring out what you need in the moment.” “Measure the new behaviors that will drive success on the lag measures.” Work without distraction because any shift in attention breaks flow. Multitaskers cannot filter irrelevancy and crave more distraction. Be “suspicious of shallow work.” Rather than eliminate distracting behaviors, “eliminate the ability of such behaviors to hijack your attention.” Meditate to hone the ability to “push our focus deeper.” Eliminate social media’s ability to steal your attention away. Don’t eschew technology, but choose tools wisely. Be strategic with email and try to close the project each email represents. Be focused on our leisure time and know, “the goal is not ambiguous relaxation.”  “Live the focused life, because it’s the best kind there is.”

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