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Professor Cal Newport presents a multipart argument for deep, concentrated work. He explains that work that demands your full focus is intrinsically valuable and rewarding. You need to be able to handle “deep work” to succeed in an information economy. Yet people face increasing distractions or social pressure that drive them toward shallow work. Newport develops his ideas with a blend of formal research, stories and personal accounts about the challenges and rewards of deep work. He provides tips for arranging your life to support deep work, which he sees as valuable, productive and rare. He makes his case persuasively and even poetically. getAbstract recommends his guidance to knowledge workers and anyone else who is seeking flow, creativity or focus.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What constitutes “deep work,”
  • Why deep work matters and
  • What strategies you can use to organize your life to support your deep work.
 

About the Author

Cal Newport teaches in Georgetown University’s computer science department. He also wrote So Good They Can’t Ignore You: How to Win at College.

 

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“Deep Work” and Why It Matters
Deep work is professional work that requires complete focus and full concentration. Deep work pushes your creative and analytical abilities to their limits. For real achievement in art, science, business or other fields, you must work deeply. To understand...

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    Sachin Renake 1 month ago
    Very helpful and insightful summary.Thank you.
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    Mandeep Nagi 3 months ago
    excellent
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    Roland Zohrabyan 4 months ago
    amazing!
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    Anonymous 6 months ago
    Deep work is the way to go. It makes life more meaningful and worth living. This is not only a great read but also a powerful advice to people who adore multi-tasking. Thank you for the wisdom offered in this work.
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    Beth Silverman Hymowitz 6 months ago
    He spoke at a Knowledge management seminar by APQC in 2017 and he was FABULOUS! He discussed the premise of this book and I was very impressed, not only with his speaking style but the points in the book itself. Well defined and prepared!
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    Jyri Hautamäki 7 months ago
    The message of this book is more important today than ever.
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    ROBERTO MILLONE 7 months ago
    9/10
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    Michael Leonard 8 months ago
    Worth the read.
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    Andrew Cherrie 8 months ago
    Love the concept and have applied some of it to my lifestyle but there a lot of fluff in this book - it's all said in the first few chapters.
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    Mina Lazarova 9 months ago
    cool
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    Chuah Yi Wu 9 months ago
    Agreed. This is a good book for us to practise deep work and increase our work quality. That will make our life more meaningful and achieve better results in life.
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    Greg Spors 10 months ago
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    Vaida Rukaite-Drazdove 11 months ago
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    Vaida Rukaite-Drazdove 11 months ago
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    Arunav Das 11 months ago
    An intriguing concept. Identifying Deep Work related activities I guess are as important as practising Deep Work. Some managerial positions are all about activities which could be potentially be termed as Shallow Work using the definition of this work. May be building relationships with Stakeholders for driving innovation through collaboration becomes the underlying Deep Work for such Shallow Work deemed activities ?
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      Mike Schoonderwoerd 11 months ago
      I think you are on to something here ;-) Thanks for sharing
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      Mike Schoonderwoerd 11 months ago
      I think you are on to something here ;-) Thanks for sharing
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    Dione Le Tissier 12 months ago
    Really interesting- we all suffer from shallow work and distractions at some point in our lives. Keen to try this concept.
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    Christine Lane 12 months ago
    I like the concept of "deep work" reminds me to "present" not just there. Thanks
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    Konrad Samarajiwa 12 months ago
    This was my personal book of the year 2016. I read it in full size and can only recommend it to all knowledgeworkers.
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    Pavlos Pavlidis 12 months ago
    Good
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    Nemanja Kezo 1 year ago
    wow
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    Ekom Akpaitok 1 year ago
    Good
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    Candy Weekes 1 year ago
    What a great idea!
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    Chris Davidson 1 year ago
    I'm reading this book now and I have to say that Cal Newport is bang on target. This will give you the courage to do what you believe to right - break away from the inefficient herd and get doing real work. Game changer.
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    Loretta Spurling 1 year ago
    Raised my awareness of deep work and the idea that I can be more protective of my time.
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      Mike Schoonderwoerd 1 year ago
      Well said.
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    Gabriella Bitecola 1 year ago
    This was really good
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    Mohammed ALI 1 year ago
    shallow work spending 90% of our daily work.
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    Eric DIBI 1 year ago
    very concise and true
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    Cindy Zhang 1 year ago
    Well,right moedern people are used to distraction. We have to be more focused.
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    precious chigarira 1 year ago
    Good ideas.
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    Gemma Clifton 1 year ago
    Good ideas / tips for rebalancing quality over quantity.
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    Hamze Hussien 1 year ago
    i like this rules
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    Victoria Cao 1 year ago
    Good read, thanks!
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    Marquita Hanson 1 year ago
    interesting
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    Martin de Urgoiti 1 year ago
    Great inspiration and simple rules that can be implemented with ease and will.
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    John DeMann 1 year ago
    It all goes back to what Bill Gates and Warren Buffet said was the one trait that made them who they are, Focus.
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    Michelle Ubben 2 years ago
    Great inspiration to drain the shallow work and block time for deep work that requires focus. A good way to start may be to identify priorities that requires deep work and schedule time for it away from the office churn.
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    Richard Pettibone 2 years ago
    Great read!
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    Shashank Chourasia 2 years ago
    Interesting & valuable thoughts
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    Matthias Yström 2 years ago
    Useful thoughts for individuals but also for managers in setting expectations and in coaching employees.
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    Daniel Lee 2 years ago
    Interesting
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    Oz Yitzhak 2 years ago
    Very ggod
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    Richard Ploss 2 years ago
    Interesting summary. The book brings up some very valid points
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    Peter Yarrow 2 years ago
    Some interesting points of view. The advice on emails is particularly thought provoking.
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    Ewelina Mawle 2 years ago
    Very good summary
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    joy wang 2 years ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries It has something in common with other articles regarding concentration and focuses. The advantage of this summary is that it gives clear and easy-to-follow way to its reader. I like the style.
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    Jeff Ostrowski 2 years ago
    Spot-on advice and analysis.
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    Junaid Mian 2 years ago
    Insightful, helpful, and valuable.
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    Duncan Parkes 2 years ago
    Boring. Got through first few paras and then spent time boosting my status on social media with witty comments like this. Why does it matter? Shallow thinking is enough to make a good living why bother with all this hard stuff?
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    Hans Overturf 2 years ago
    Solid. Buying the book. As to A A's comment regarding 30 Days of Summaries: Mindful Unplugging or Deep Work? I use the summaries to find interesting, meaningful books that I will then read in their entirety.
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    Winston Williams 2 years ago
    Very valuable information. People are busy being busy and not productive. It is not how many hours you "put in", it's what you "put in" to the hours.
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    Rajesh Venkiteswaran 2 years ago
    Very useful book. Good summary
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    Ashish Agarwal 2 years ago
    #30Days of Summaries: Mindful Unplugging or Deep Work? Are we making more efficient non-humans out of ourselves through all this?

    It would be interesting to find out the tangible effect on an individual's productivity after incorporating the suggestions laid out in this and other summaries from this challenge.
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    Keith Hollingsworth 2 years ago
    Really useful summary, I also found this youtube summary to be interesting about the same book (length = 8 mins) https://youtu.be/gTaJhjQHcf8
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    Tatiana Aminova 2 years ago
    Thank you so much! I love it !
    Very true!
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    John Wilson 2 years ago
    I agree - really useful summary, thanks
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    Wim Annerel 2 years ago
    Tahnk you so much for this summary. This is one of the most important books of the decade for me!