Professor Cal Newport of Georgetown University has shown how we can develop the ability to focus on optimal levels and achieve peak productivity. The book we will review today is “Deep Work: The Importance of Deep Work, “a book about the meaning of deep work. Newport classifies “deep work” as professional activities performed in a state of distraction – free, pushing our cognitive abilities to their limits.
His central thesis is that “deep work” is the kind of work that is necessary to advance a career. His arguments are that flat work grows easily and eats into the time of deep work, and that several techniques are needed to stem its growth. One can see the percentage of time and effort expended on “superficial work” and try to limit it by additional hours of “deep work,” or one can try to reduce the number of time and effort expended on it. Either way, you’ll be less focused and thought that deeper work actually requires that can be completed while distracted, but more of that can’t. If your time is limited, it is bad if you compete with Shallow Work for time that Deep Work might otherwise spend, so you should reduce it; but if you don’t, it’s not bad at all.
Deep work will make you better in what you do and give you the feeling of real fulfillment that comes with craftsmanship. It will not only make me better than I have done, but it will also give me that feeling of fulfillment, that feeling – of true fulfillment – that comes from craftsmanship. Deep work makes me “better” in everything I do, or will be.
When you look at the tasks and quantify whether they are deep or flat work, you can begin to understand the time you spend each day. It also helps you to consciously determine whether you are devoting your time to deep and shallow work and when you are specifically taking care of it. Planning your Deep Work and Shallow Work – and monitoring your Deep Work hours – can help you develop habits and routines for deep work that make it easier to do.
Because deep work is so effective, it helps you focus on the widely important and Because it is so powerful, you can maximize your goals with your deep work efforts. Wild focus: Focus your efforts on your most important goals during your working hours.
Even if it is not always clear where your work falls into the flat and deep spectrum, it is important to take the time to make this distinction in order to create a hierarchy of attention, with deep work at the top. In-depth work highlights you for the value you bring to the table, while superficial work can be done essentially by anyone and is automated. If you focus on your deepest work and reduce your shallow work, it will be important for you to discern who you are.
The more experience you gain, the more you can switch between deep work and flat work and take advantage of this wonderful concept. It is also a game changer to make deeper work your default setting and plan your flatter work as a side effect of the deep – work – first approach.
The deep-working method is not the only work you can do when your working day is complete, but it is the most important.
Deep Work allows you to immerse yourself in your work during a phase where you can concentrate and do the work. In order to be successful in profound work habits, it is time to practice this intention and consider when to fit into phases of focus. Maximizing the depth of work on your schedule, improving your ability to perform it, and reducing distractions is an important part of the equation. When Deep Work is about giving full attention to the work, you should participate regularly, not only when it is finished, but for as long as possible.
Let’s say that using an app to find high-quality content related to deep work is still a superficial task. The ability of Deep Work is finite, and the more time you spend doing it, the less time you need to do superficial work. Even if you are modest, you cannot do more in-depth work in the same time as you would do if your ability to do so were modest. It’s an important part of your work habits, but not the only one.
In contrast, deep work challenges you to consider the importance of understanding what work actually helps you achieve your goals and to focus your efforts on getting more immersed in this work. Deep work is not only more fun at the moment than superficial work, but can also help you achieve things that will give you a sense of meaning and satisfaction in the long term. It can even lead to a more meaningful life, because you are less likely to lose yourself if you focus on your strengths, abilities and preferences.
Three Tips For Deep Work and Focus
- Customize your home office environment.
- Mix up your day so you have a change of pace that reinvigorates you over time.
- Think longterm but get lost in the here and now.