In the age of social media, mobile phones and internet, most of us have lost the ability to focus on one task for a considerable length of time. We have become so used to “shallow work” that can be performed in short intervals that we have come to consider this as normal. Unfortunately, such work does not create lasting value and can be easily replicated. In Deep Work, author Cal Newport talks about the impact of connected age on our productivity and suggests ways to deal with it through what he calls “Deep Work”. Cal Newport first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce outputs of lasting value and are hard to replicate. He then presents a rigorous method that can be practiced transforming your mind and habits to learn “Deep Work”. The author shares interesting stories of one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to accomplish “deep work”, and a contemporary story of a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air. Deep Work is a great guide to anyone seeking focused results in a distracted and hyper-connected world.
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Joy Prabhakaran·March 16, 2018