Deep Work - Cal Newport Summary

Deep Work Cal Newport (Summary)
How to Restore Your Energy
Scheduling both work and free time is
essential to restoring your energy
By scheduling everything you do, you 'll
free up time for being mindful of how
you spend it
At the beginning of every day, create a
schedule with 30-minute blocks and
schedule everything from 'dinner ' to
'reading '
It 's ok to modify your schedule if things
change; the important part is to
cultivate awareness of how you spend
your day
How to Rewire Your Brain with
Productive Meditation
Our brains are wired to be easily
distracted, which is why we find it hard to
focus on one task
To rewire your brain, use moments that
would otherwise be spent unproductive
to consider a problem you need to take
care of without letting your mind change
e.g. while you walk the dog or during your
commute to work
To get started, ask yourself questions
that identify different issues in solving
a given problem
Once you 've landed a specific target, ask
yourself: "
What do I need to accomplish
my goal?"
The Difference Between Being
in the Zone"
and Deep Work
In the Zone
We often get in the zone by chance
Often only after hours of procrastination
Deep Work
Is intentional, methodical
It 's essential to have rituals to
prepare your mind for it
e.g. placing a 'Do Not Disturb ' sign on
your desk, or going to a library to work
How to Achieve Deep Work
Monastic Approach
This includes eliminating all sources of
distraction and secluding yourself like a
Bimodal Approach
This involves setting a clearly defined, long
period of seclusion for work and leaving the
rest of your time free for everything else
Rhythmic Approach
Doing deep work for blocks of 90 minutes
and using a calendar to track your
Journalistic Approach
Involves taking any unexpected free time in
your daily routine to do deep work
Multitasking Does Not Equal
When we switch from task A to task B, our
attention remains on task A, which means
we can only half-focus on task B
Similarly, electronic notifications have a
detrimental effect on our productivity
It may seem harmless to keep our social
media tabs open all the time while we
But merely seeing notifications pop up
interrupt our focus, even if we ignore them
for a while before checking on them
Workers feel like they 're working
more than ever
That 's because completing small tasks and
moving information around makes us feel
like we 've accomplished something
But in reality, these things just keep us from
truly focusing on important work
The ONE Thing with Cal Newport
About the Book
Deep Work
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted
Grand Central Publishing
Cal Newport
Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington,
DC, where he is a writer and an assistant
professor of computer science at
Georgetown University.
He also runs the popular website Study
Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.
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