Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
3 words: game-changing, thoughtful, practical
The book that’s most challenged me recently? Here we have it.
I’ve both craved and resisted the message of this book, which is:
In order to do our best work, we need to restructure things so we can work without distraction.
And I seriously love a good multi-task. Or at least a good layering of activities. (As I type this paragraph, I’m at the track, stretching my calves before a run. I’m guessing Newport would say this is fruitful time for germinating ideas but not for doing actual work.) So this new method does not come naturally to me these days. Especially with the tug of email and other distractions.
But when I’ve tried it in small doses, it’s been abundantly fruitful. Some tasks require focus, and when I give myself permission to go into the thinking cave, I’m surprised by how much I accomplish.
Newport’s method requires larger scale changes than I’ve made thus far, but I’m implementing it in small ways to gather my own evidence that it can work for me. And then I’ll experiment with other ways I can expand it.
- Logging out of email while I spend 40 minutes dedicated to a project at work
- Placing my iPhone in another room when I’m working on a project at home
- Clearing my workspace so I’m not distracted by clutter (sometimes. I do this sometimes.)
So far, so good. So far, so amazing.
Give this book a whirl if you like… productivity, diving deep, focus, denying distractions, taking back control , living a rich life
My fellow self-improvement junkies… what habits are you trying to build?