DEEP WORK: A Book Summary

The Golden Nuggets of the Best Productivity Book

Diogo Lança
Aug 14, 2018 · 7 min read

“Deep work is necessary to wring every last drop of value out of your current intellectual capacity.”

Deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable. The few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.

Deep work is valuable

“The type of work that optimizes your performance is deep work.”

Deep work is rare

“ In the absence of clear indicators of what it means to be productive and valuable in their jobs, many knowledge workers turn back towards an industrial indicator of productivity: doing lots of stuff in a visible manner.”

Deep work is meaningful

How to Work Deeply

1 / Ritualize deep work

2 / Go out of your way to eliminate distractions

3 / Don´t work alone

“Expose yourself to ideas in hubs on a regular basis, but maintain a spoke in which to work deeply on what you encounter.

4 / Execute like a business

5 / Be lazy

Embrace the Boredom

“Once your brain has become accustomed to on-demand distraction it´s hard to shake the addiction”

1 / Schedule blocks of time when the Internet IS allowed

2 / Work like Teddy Roosevelt

3 / Meditate productively

Quit Social Media

1 / Use social media like a craftsman uses a tool

2 / Use the 80/20 rule ( Pareto Principle)

3 / If it doesn’t help you, quit it.

4 / Don’t use the Internet to entertain yourself

Drain the Swallows

1 / Schedule every minute of your day

2 / Adopt a fixed-schedule productivity workday

3 / Become hard to reach

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