I'm a productivity specialist. So, I am always on the lookout for new ways to be more productive. Having said that, I can tell you that after the Bible, no book has had a greater impact on me than Deep Work. It's so great that as soon as I finished listening to it once, I immediately started re-listening to it. As a direct result of this book, I have made some serious changes to the way I do my days. This is an incredible, must read book for anyone who wants to take their productivity to the next level.
Cal Newport writes a wonderful argument for doing the things that really matter in your life. He wrestles with those that disagree in a way that is very compelling. I am making life changes because of this book. Hopefully it will make me wealthier, healthier, and happier. Perhaps more important: more fulfilled, which I see as different from happiness. Enjoy the book.
this is an amazing resource for charting a path that leads to long term sustainable career success. The author author does an excellent job of giving you the reasons why and the steps to take to make that path a little bit easier.
A great productivity book that takes a stance and offers concrete steps you can follow, to be more productive. *Productive* as in *increased creative output* – not "productive" as in David Allen's GTD, where productivity largely means "crankin' widgets and emptying your inbox" – a surefire system to "get busy – and *stay* busy – while feeling productive".
I recommend Cal's book to anyone entrapped in social media and/or email and IM. Especially those who're doing creative work like writing, artistic endeavours, innovation, etc.
If that's you, this book will set you free, unleashing your creative work, by giving it the space, time, energy and *respect* (from yourself) that it rightly deserves – and *needs* in order to thrive, evolve, grow, and be *shared* with the world, in a format that is *usefu*l to other people.
Drafts and ideas on your laptop is just that: drafts and ideas. To turn that raw material (of genius maybe) into something real and concrete: takes deep work. It is the *difficult* part. The crucial, tedious 80% of the creation process. Doing deep work requires dedicated time, space and energy. And taking a stance – respecting *yourself* and *your work* enough. To *do* the work. Your *deep* work.
The reality that shallow work pressures distract us from deep work has a significant impact on many people and organizations. Coming from the technology world where Agile development, open office, social collaboration is the trend, we need to be conscious of the impact this shallow work has on the deep work required to build strong foundations. The key to success will be finding the right balance.