What’s in it for me ?
Cal Newport’s newest book Deep Work is an offense to anybody who likes the buzz of a busy office, telephone ringing all the time, busy chattering, you name it. He will get across to you why the following two attributes can only be achieved by Deep Work
- The ability to speedy master hard things.
- The capacity to produce at an elite level, in terms of speed and quality.
How does one domesticate these core capabilities? It’s right here that we arrive at a relevant thesis of this book: the two core competencies totally depend upon your ability to carry out deep work. in case you haven’t mastered this foundational skill, you’ll struggle to research hard things or produce at an elite stage.
This book has two goals, pursued in two parts. The first one is to convince you that the deep work hypothesis is true while the second one is to teach you how to take advantage of this fact by training and transforming your brain and working habits to place deep work at the core of your professional life.
Why Deep Work?
Nowadays our work makes a shift towards shallow work and we need to stay available on numerous communication channels to fulfill the need of today’s work environment. For example, it requires you to take part in conferences and to reply asynchronous messages instantly. In this regard, it is difficult to perform deep work but there are deep work demanding professions to fill. These professions are opportunities for individuals who can perform deep work.
In our working environment, there is excessive noise. People schedule conferences to appear effective & productive hence there is less time to perform deep work. Cal Newport describes it as metrics black hole where you have no possibilities to evaluate the productive outcome of an individual person. For example, no one can measure the impact of too many meetings and everybody knows that. Technologies are well suited to distract us nowadays. On each occasion E-Mail, messengers and social media apps are used whenever we feel a slight sign of boredom. Our phone notifications keep us distracted all the time.
Deep work is becoming increasingly rare and turning into a more valuable thing in our economy. Accordingly, the few who cultivate this ability and make it the core of their working lives will thrive. From professional point of view deep work is essential in our lives but it can cause a state of flow on a personal level too.
How to do Deep Work?
“Deep work is an activity well suited to generate a flow state”.
You must aware of your finite amount of willpower. “It’s like a muscle that tires and cannot be deployed without limit.” Your willpower depletes as you use it. It happens whenever you try to concentrate again after distraction. Every time when you multitask and switch subjects. And every time you have to make a decision. All of it drains your willpower.
Depth Philosophies help you to deploy deep work schedules that support you to follow an overarching strategy and to stick to it. Cal Newport presents 4 depth philosophies that you can apply.
- The monastic philosophy “maximize deep efforts by eliminating or radically minimizing shallow obligations”.
- The bimodal philosophy suggests to divide your time into shallow obligations and dedicated deep time stretches. During the deep time, you perform the monastic philosophy.
- The rhythmic philosophy transforms deep work into a routine. It becomes a habit. There are different techniques to make something a habit.
- The journalistic philosophy is the last and most advanced philosophy. In that approach, you can rapidly switch between shallow to deep work.
Whenever you are going deep, you have to ritualize it and there are 3 basics to assist your deep work session: time, support and metrics. Give yourself a specific time limit otherwise, your deep work session will be an open session. It is hard to measure the output of an open session, it is hard to collect feedback afterward and it is hard to commit effectively to the remaining time. A fixed time limit gives you less time for distraction. Make sure that you have every support you need at the place. For instance, make sure that you have enough beverages at your place. You shouldn’t waste mental energy to figure it out during your deep work session.
Last but not least measure your success and set goals for your deep work session. For instance, a writer can measure the success in words written by time. In turn, the measurement needs a fixed commitment to a time limit.
Deep work is essential from a professional point of view, but it can also create a flow state of mind on a personal level. In any case however it is ground breaking as a general thought process and key asset to your work ethics.
This is an easy-to-use handbook that contains scientifically proven, field-tested methodologies to improve your skills in professions like sports, music, art, math, and business.
if you are serious about Turning Pro then this book is perfect for you. It helps you to explore the mindset of an amateur and how you can break out – and turn pro.