Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

by Cal Newport


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

Georgetown University professor and popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in one's professional life.

An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & Leadership
Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller
A Business Book of the Week at 800-CEO-READ

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455586691
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 18,392
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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. This is his fifth book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Idea

Chapter 1 Deep Work Is Valuable 21

Chapter 2 Deep Work Is Rare 49

Chapter 3 Deep Work Is Meaningful 72

Part 2 The Rules

Rule #1 Work Deeply 95

Rule #2 Embrace Boredom 155

Rule #3 Quit Social Media 181

Rule #4 Drain the Shallows 215

Conclusion 257

Notes 265

Index 289

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me want to buckle down and start learning new things I've been putting off.
Maximus324 More than 1 year ago
If this book had been available to me when I was 18 and I were to have read and lived this book I honestly believe my career would have been greatly enhanced. This book is a diamond in the rough and if you read it to completion you will get some great ideas about time management and focus.