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

Category: Productivity & Effectiveness

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Why: I need to secure more time to concentrate on my reading binge.
Goal: find a sustainable way to make my time remains “my time”.

Action:  Bundle trivial tasks, complete at once.

3 Key Concepts

  1. Digital detox : your best chance is “Quitting”.
  2. Remove yourself from surroundings.
  3. New economy values expertise.


Digital Detoxification: no one can argue the usefulness of connectivity. For that, many overlook its damaging nature of distraction. I agree with the author, it is a pressing issue of our generation. We need rules to contain our attention, to direct them to purposeful activities.

I’ll live the focused life,
because it’s the best kind there is.

Winifred Gallagher

Here are 4 rules to help you have some of those focused successes.

  1. Work Deeply: have a trigger queue to begin and finish each task.
  2. Embrace Boredom: live with a root cause of craving stimulus.
  3. Quit Social Media: or at least ask “Why checking the phone now?”
  4. Drain the Shallows: ignore the rest. “Let the small bad things happen”, said Tim Ferris.

Remove yourself from surroundings: our current settings are too demanding and the noise won’t go away. Thus, running away with plans could be an option to restore your mental energy. Have yourself a retreat, time to unplug from the outer world and reconnect with the one inside you.

New world economy values expertise: deeper and quicker. The question is at what cost. Cal Newport illustrated how high a stake is, not being able to work without distraction.

If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.

Cal Newport
photo of a man underwater
Going deep.

Goal check: I found out some suggestions on how to regain my time back.

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