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  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4,628 ratings)

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Summary

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.

©2016 Cal Newport (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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"Engaging and substantive.... Deep Work accomplishes two considerable tasks: One is putting out a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious, without relying on gauzy clichés. The second is that Mr. Newport resists the corporate groupthink of constant connectivity without seeming like a curmudgeon." ( The Wall Street Journal)
"Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure. We don't need more clicks, more cats, and more emojis. We need brave work, work that happens when we refuse to avert our eyes." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)
"As automation and outsourcing reshape the workplace, what new skill do we need? The ability to do deep work. Cal Newport's exciting new book is an introduction and guide to the kind of intense concentration in a distraction-free environment that results in fast, powerful learning and performance. Think of it as calisthenics for your mind - and start your exercise program today." (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive)
" Deep Work makes a compelling case for cultivating intense focus, and offers immediately actionable steps for infusing more of it into our lives." (Adam M. Grant, author of Originals)

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Very good, intelligent arguments backed up by evidence

Really impressed with this. I thought it might be a book that just says "doing deep work is good" but this is one of the top productivity books I've read. It covers a huge number of topics and the author acknowledges and addresses many counter arguments to his points. You can tell he's an academic, very intelligently written.

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Excellent ideas well told.

Very well researched and detailed concepts with excellent examples and narrative. If you care about doing more with less then this book will help.

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You will change your habits but a lot unnecessary

Much of this book could have been chopped away - really all that was needed was an essay's worth, an extended blog post. I didn't really need loosely-related scientific and philosophical studies, comparisons with manual labourers and so on. However - I will absolutely heed the lessons from this book, so it has changed my life. It has given me the evidence and backing I needed to go forward living my life deeply and minimise distraction as much as possible so that I use my precious time conscientiously and not just wile it away aimlessly on my phone anymore. It has already deeply changed my relationship with my work. And to be honest, even though though a blog post would suffice, sometimes it is helpful to listen to an entire book on a subject to really get you to heed the lessons, so I'm not overly mad about it.

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Good audiobook - would get the hard copy

Enjoyed this book, a lot of new information that hasn't been raised in other productivity books.

I will definitely be getting the paperback/hardcopy of this book as a can sense a lot just flew over my head and found myself constantly rewinding 30secs to keep up with the narrator when delving into more trickier/'deeper' topics.

Worth a buy nonetheless.

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Fantastic!

This book is exactly what I needed before pivoting my career.

Thank you for this, Cal.

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Great Stuff, Especially the Social Media Critique

Really enjoyed the focus on deep work, lots of good strategies to implement - reminder that Bill Gates created a new industry in less than a semester! Turn off Social Media, good ways to deal with email; seclude yourself away to do the deep work!

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stick with it !

stick with it and don't listen to other books or podcasts as you will lose the train of thought. As is often the case, take your 2 or 3 nuggets from this. As someone who has to plan deep work in, disconnection is my nugget!

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Good information

This is a good book to consider if you need to change the way you work. Great to listen once, but if you're taking it seriously, you will listen at least a 2nd time with pen and paper to plan and implement the change in the way that you work

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I loved this book - Just Focus & Get It Done!

Would you listen to Deep Work again? Why?

Yes - after working on the first actions suggested, after I've finished the content I'm working on, I would listen again to learn and embed the next steps on the way to mastery :)

What other book might you compare Deep Work to, and why?

Mastery

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Just read it.

It's perfection. I know, that sounds like a bit much. But it's not. Get it.

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