Book Sips #34 — ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport

Josh Morales
Oct 9 · 2 min read
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‘Deep work’ by Cal Newport book cover

Let’s face it: attention is one of today’s most valuable yet scarce resources, to the point that most top tech companies compete against each other for your time invested in them.

Focus and concentration, goes Cal Newport Author, are essential for being brilliant in your work, but distractions and the easy reward of shallow work like sending emails are not helping you to keep working on whatever you are, profoundly, constantly, and during large time chunks.

Deep work is a book that not only generates awareness about the topic but also includes ready-to-use techniques that would make you overcome your best expectations. A sip:

‘If you keep interrupting your evening to check and respond to e-mail, or put aside a few hours after dinner to catch up on an approaching deadline, you’re robbing your directed attention centers of the uninterrupted rest they need for restoration. Even if these work dashes consume only a small amount of time, they prevent you from reaching the levels of deeper relaxation in which attention restoration can occur.

Only the confidence that you’re done with work until the next day can convince your brain to downshift to the level where it can begin to recharge for the next day to follow. Put another way, trying to squeeze a little more work out of your evenings might reduce your effectiveness the next day enough that you end up getting less done than if you had instead respected a shutdown.’

Book on a pile of notebooks illuminated by a table lamp

Get lost to focus, focus on not getting lost.
#joshdixit

Deep Work
by Cal Newport

Why read?

Focus on what really matters to you, start doing that ‘one-day’ project, and learn concentration techniques essentials to avoid distractions and keep going!

304 pages, Little, Brown, 2015

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User-obsessed, readaholic and a sociologist after all — Senior User Researcher @N26, Editor of @thepmlibrary and Educator.

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With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

Josh Morales

Written by

User-obsessed, readaholic and a sociologist after all — Senior User Researcher @N26, Editor of @thepmlibrary and Educator.

PM Library

With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

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