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    Deep Work Shines!

    “Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants.” (David Brooks) “When you work, work hard. When you’re done, be done.” Those two quotes from Deep Work by Cal Newport summarizes my feelings toward this excellent book. Newport introduces deep work as to counteract the distracted world we live with in the social media age. The importance of deep concentration can help employees of all types to achieve successful careers in a workplace where shallow thinking flourishes. Deep Work looks at the effect of the connected age and proposes techniques and strategies for going deep in our work or profession. However, Newport does not come down with a sledgehammer against the social media age, but provides insights on how to navigate our way through its maze to achieve depth. Newport uses examples from his own life as an associate professor and as well as several others to reveal that deep work does belong in our culture. It can be used as an advantage for a meaningful career. The book is divided in two sections: the first section lays out the philosophy for deep work and the second section lays out the rules for going deep. Both sections of the book cohere to Newport’s argument for depth. I wrote in my last review, Essentalism, it was the important book I read in 2016. Well, I would like to add that Deep Work is the second most important book I’ve read this year. I highly recommend Deep Work and those aforementioned quotes brought home the importance of this philosophy.
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    Make pockets of time for deep work

    Overall, I liked it. I've been attempting to restructure my day for a few weeks so I can have more periods of deep work. I haven't been completely successful at this and am hoping to employ more of the strategies suggested. The one thing I didn't like was how the author assumes social media tools are all bad for deep work, I mean it sounds good, but my personal feeling is there are ways to use them properly. I'm not saying I've mastered it, but when you see the volume of content Scott Hanselman (a leader in the Microsoft development space) produces, while simultaneously being all over Twitter at the same time, you realize it can definitely be done. He's given talks on how he does this btw. The author gives examples of very successful authors who completely ignore social media and have pretty much taken themselves offline, while I think he has a valid point, I wish some of those authors became famous *after* social media became a thing. Two ideas really stood out to me though: 1. I loved that Eudaimonia Machine. It's an office designed to support deep work. 2. The idea that deep work changes the make up of the brain which allows you to thing deeper & faster in the future. This doesn't happen when you attempt to do deep work with Facebook open on a separate screen, for example.
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    Great Guide For Cresting Personal Value

    Fantastic advice on how to set up a deep state of focus. Having adhd, I struggle with this more than most, but structuring my work periods into 2 deep work periods lasting 2 hours each and 2 shallow work periods lasting 2 hours each has increased my productivity tenfold. Quite happy with the book.
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    Great tips on maximizing your time

    Well written with plenty of examples and facts. I feel like there was almost too much context to some of the facts but perhaps that was my shallow and easily distracted brain trying to take over. Overall an excellent read that I would recommend to anyone looking to learn a new skill or maximize one's potential.

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