About the Book

One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.

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.

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.

About the Reviews

I am the biggest fan of Cal Newport! I read his stuff religiously and couldn't wait for his new book. I ordered it ahead of time (clearly).

I now recommend it to all of my clients (I teach speed reading and memory to adults and teens).

He outlines rules of focused success so you can work LESS and achieve MORE.

Targeted Pomodoro sessions are my key to success. As a result, of applying these strategies, I was able to get more done in the second week of January than I did in 2 weeks in December and I thought I was being very focused back in December.

Thank you, Cal, for all you work and an enormous impact on my and my client's success in school and career.

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I'm a sign business owner and musician, and I bought this book because I'd like to make more of the time I have, I never have enough for my music. I am always distracted. I heard about it on NPR, and was intrigued. I'm about halfway through, and I've already decided that I will probably re-read it in the future, it is wonderfully inspiring. I enjoy the author's style of writing very much. It is enjoyable to read, the concepts are very clear, and it is already having a positive effect on my work. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I hope that I can all 3 of my teenage girls to read it. It's the kind of read that is a life-changer.

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The Deep Work Hypothesis: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.

Newport, Cal (2016-01-05). Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (p. 14). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.

An exceptional book - useful from the first few pages. I've enjoyed Cal Newport's other books, and his blog Study Hacks, for quite awhile, so I was very excited to read this. It's very well written - Newport has a very clear, concise writing style that helps you get what you need from the material and apply it readily. He discusses the suitability of his processes for different types of careers, even examining those jobs that *might* not benefit from deep work, at least as much other professions. he's very practical in his recommendations and organized in his presentation. He's also taken the time to provide fairly exhaustive references. I loved "So Good They Can't Ignore You," and this I enjoyed even more. Very highly recommended.

A thought (quote) that keeps coming up for me lately is this, "Our brains instead construct our worldview based on what we pay attention to." Newport, Cal (2016-01-05). It's so obvious really, but the implications should give one pause when constantly looking to social media to relieve our boredom.

Product Info

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (January 5, 2016)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 806 customer reviews

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