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Deep Work

Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

 

Written by: Cal Newport
Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
Genres: Business Management | Non-Fiction | Self-Help
Published: 26th of July, 2016
Length: 7 Hours 40 Minutes

 

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Description
Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction.

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mind-set that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in Deep Work, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state.

Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world.

 

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Reviewed: 2020-07-16

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I wasn't expecting to be as engaged as I was with this audiobook. I tend to have a hard time reading "Business Management" style self-help books. Why? I guess when there are so many more entertaining options available then it's hard to stay focussed.

Right from the get-go though this book captured my attention. For too long I've lamented the number of distractions in my life, and Cal really nails down great points as to why as well as presenting real-world solutions to how to solve.

I'd not heard of him prior to stumbling upon this book... I can't actually remember how it landed in my suggestions, but I'm glad it did.

Cal apologetically challenges what are considered the norms of society today. The constant need for distractions, the inability to "suffer" boredom for even the smallest stretches without falling back on Facebook, or Twitter, or whatever social media site you prefer.

He lays it all out bare and pokes holes in assumptions and truths you thought you knew. I'm now subscribed to his podcast and setting aside deliberate time to work through his blog posts. I think... no, I know I'll be taking on board many of his suggestions. In fact, I've already started on some.

The audiobook itself was well narrated, Jeff Bottoms has an easy to listen to voice for this kind of material. No issues at all, and would listen to something by him again.

All in all, worth a listen if you're serious about making changes in not only your working life but life in general. The gains to be had are there for the taking.

 

 

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