Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work

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 crafts...

Details Deep Work

TitleDeep Work
Release DateJan 5th, 2016
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
Number of pages296 pages
GenreNonfiction, Business, Self Help, Productivity, Psychology, Personal Development

Reviews Deep Work

  • Adam Zerner
    Overview: the thesis is that deep work is both rare and valuable in todays world. That's about 1/3 of the book. The rest of the book is practical advice on how to pursue deep work.Part of me feels like a lot of what was said in the book is common sense. Particularly things that people know but can't find the willpower to do. I think that there is some truth to this. But there's also a difference between "knowing", and *knowing*. I think this book...
  • Rachel Bayles
    If you do one thing to improve your life this year, subscribe to Dr. Newport's blog and start reading his books. I would suggest starting with "So Good They Can't Ignore You" and then read "Deep Work." They compliment each other. The first helps you sort out what you should be focusing on, and the second one tells you how to make sure what's important gets done. Over the years I've read lots of productivity books, and the related literature. But ...
  • SR
    Worth reading. Helped me make some drastic changes in my schedule. I will post an update how these changes went after six months.What I learned: (spoiler alerts)1. Figure out what is most valuable to your success.2. Spend most of the time on it, mostly in the early hours of your day where your attention span is long.3. Try to spend at least 3 deep sessions on it approx. 90 min each.4. Almost anything other than your main task is a shallow task.5....
  • Emma Sea
    One of Newport's main building blocks here is the concept of ego depletion: that our willpower runs down the more we use it. More recent research has cast doubt on the original framing of ego depletion, but still it holds a deep sense of truthiness. Still, Newport's suggestions of ritualizing behaviors in order to minimize my likelihood of slipping into shallow work resonates with me.It's noteworthy that the book is written for people whose day j...
  • Scott
    OVERVIEW:Deep Work was a solid self-help/productivity book. Being a podcast junkie, I had heard the majority of things that Newport preaches in his book. However, I really appreciated his practical applications of how to enter into Deep Work, or 'the zone' as I call it. STORIES TOLD: In Deep Work, the author tells a story of a young consultant who automates his work responsibilities using Excel macros. He then studied computer programming to incr...
  • Chris
    This had a lot of valuable ideas about the importance of deep work and how to do it. Most people are going to buy into this concept easily enough, but Cal did a nice job further arguing it with some examples, various research, and so on...but this book also felt like a very good 100-page book that was stretched into a mediocre 260-page book. It's repetitive. And his research often relies on the "correlation = causation" mistake. For example, some...
  • Chris Porter
    The ability to focus is the new IQ.I heard that somewhere, from someone smart (or someone with a low IQ who was over compensating).I realised my ability to focus on one task had degraded horrendously since getting a new smartphone. Since December I've been enjoying this smooth user experience by paying constant homage to the little screen of joy.The day my usage hit 4 hours I knew I had a problem.Then I started reading Deep Work.In a world of dis...
  • Holger Matthies
    It is easy to lose yourself in shallow work - I'll agree with the author. Other than that, there is very little of value or substance in this book. You might want to review your excessive tweeting. You might stop using Facebook altogether. You might abandon email.The problem is that the real ideas (have sender filter their own email, take time away from office, take email sabbaticals) might work for specialists, freelancers, entry-level workers o...
  • Meagan
    So this is a 4 because this book is my mantra and my holy book in the War Against Open Offices. It wasn't super convincing (as I already believe in the God of Personal Privacy), but I did really like the bits about constructing your entire day and making your evening after work productive.And yes, I picked it up because I am not achieving any of my non-work/non-reading goals and need Life Structuring advice.I have been preaching the gospel to my ...
  • Philippe
    Over the last years I have been on a quest to develop a more naturally flowing and productive way of life. The ability to focus, to prioritize and to rest is essential for someone who is engaged in an intellectually demanding job, has an unquenchable curiosity, and leans towards ambitious goal setting.A first breakthrough came in the shape of the Personal Kanban approach. In contrast with a primitive and myopic to do-list driven routine, PK gave ...
  • Angela
    Say you were shoring up an ideology of service. Where besides abstract idealism would you draw from? Well, America's "me first" set has some very practical things figured out. Habits of mind that help them get "ahead" in the workplace. This book is a great example of the kinds of literature they produce - it contains important information and some actually good critiques/ techniques for sharpening attention and the effectiveness of one's work. Ne...
  • Saeed
    "A business's goal is to generate value, not to make sure its employee's lives are as easy as possible."--------------------------------این کتاب رو به همه توصیه میکنم، خیلی کتاب خوبیه و حرف جدیدی دارهمن واقعاً به این کتاب نیاز داشتم-------------------------------------قسمت اول کتاب به حمایت از ایده ی اصلی نویسنده می پردازد که...
  • Willian Molinari
    This book is awesome! It summarizes what I think about concentration and the "new" concept of open offices that we have today.I have a big problem to concentrate when there are too much noise or when people could not stop talking to me. Unfortunately this is part of the "culture" where and sometimes people came to just say "hi" and break my concentration entirely.I'm not a big fan of social networks, so I'm not using them in the last years. Somet...
  • Mario Tomic
    Deep work is probably my favorite book I've read this year, and I can't recommend it enough. In the age of knowledge work, with so many things going on, the ability to do focus and do deep work is a precious asset to have. As Cal says: "Focus is the new IQ." We can all agree that there's just too many distractions happening around us, smartphones, apps, social media and all the things we're enjoying today have turned us into multi-tasking machine...
  • Carles Caño Valls
    Si tengo que accionar un libro en 2017 se trata sin duda de "Deep Work" de Cal Newport.El subtítulo lo resume a la perfección: "Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World". Estamos yonkis perdidos con el puto smartphone, las redes sociales, WhatsApp, Telegram, el email...Nunca he sido adicto a nada hasta que aparecieron los smartphones y las redes sociales. Hace tiempo que "me estoy quitando" y hago mis progresos pero más lentamente de lo...
  • Kony
    Ideal advice for folks whose top priority is to achieve elite levels of professional success by capitalistic metrics -- namely by jumping through golden hoops very swiftly. The author, for one, is a professor whose goals are to secure tenure, publish a ton of highly cited academic papers, and win the equivalent of a Nobel prize. If your life goals sound similar, he's got tips for making it happen.This book is less useful for people whose prioriti...
  • Mike Vardy
    Deep Work is an incredibly well researched and insightful book. Cal Newport has upped his game as an author — which is no small feat considering his past work has been phenomenal – with this latest effort.The practical insights and thought that has gone into this book is well worth your time and energy. Newport has painstakingly crafted a tremendous arguments that proposes we spend more time on work that has greater impact in our lives (and t...
  • Amir
    Amazing, amazing. This book is going to drastically help me reach the optimum level of productivity I've been seeking. This marvelous book provides you with a great mindset, valuing deep work resulting in astonishing achievements. The deep work book is organized in two sections: 1. The first convinces you of the importance and necessity of deep work in order to live a fulfilling and productive life. 2. The second part of the book begins to offer...
  • Mohammad
    کار عمیقموضوع کتاب در مورد کار با تمرکز بالا و بدون حواس پرتیه که بیشترین بهره برداری رو از توانایی فکری فرد بکنه و در نتیجه مهارت فرد رو بیشتر کنه و ارزش آفرینی بالایی داشته باشه و فرد رو به هدفش نزدیک تر کنه.تمرکز و عدم حواس پرتی یک مهارته که توی دنی...
  • Jay
    Whether you read David Allen on stress-free productivity, Brian Tracy on eating the biggest frog first, or almost anything in the domain of personal productivity, the theme is juggling your actions. Newport argues that for people dealing with intensecomplexity or creativity you need to carve out significant blocks of time for what he calls deep work. This isn't about multitasking or task switching. The book focuses on why and how to create an env...
  • Sarah
    I give the content a 4. Many good things to consider and shift. Many concepts I want to discuss and implement. Unfortunately, Newport only interviews men. It's so frustrating and the book loses value. It would have been so easy to interview some women about their deep work. Could have been so much more.
  • Jon Lay
    You probably know at least 50% of what's in this book already. As Newport would probably agree, a lot of it is common sense. But that doesn't mean you truly understand the reasoning behind it and exactly how to take advantage of deep work.I found this to be a great understanding of the scientific angle behind deep work, combined with a whole bunch of practical tips and advice for fitting deep work into your routine.Having read the book, I now kno...
  • Jean Jimenez
    “One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results.” This book is a must read if you want to find out what is missing in your life to achieve excellence and produce high quality results in ANY field that you want to improve in your life. Very easy to read and to follow, once you start reading you will go deep!
  • Ramón Nogueras Pérez
    10 estrellas le ponía. Este es el libro más importante que he leído en un tiempo largo. Me ha hecho replantearme muchas cosas sobre cómo trabajamos y, más importante, cómo vivimos.Es un libro que merece leerse y aplicarse. Es importante.
  • Lara
    Many good pts, but barely any women and a single unneeded Trump reference
  • Ahmad Hossam
    In the week I spent reading this book and following its insights, my productivity doubled; I can now finish more work in less time and better quality. Along with the Pomodoro Technique, Nicholas Carr's "The Shallows", and Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning", this book improved my life's quality.
  • Ivan
    While the author comes across as a little pretentious (never missing a moment to highlight his own mastery of "deep work"), this book is nonetheless an extremely helpful and inspiring read for knowledge workers.In no order of importance, here are a few points I jotted down at the back of the book:– avoid business as a proxy for productivity.– don't use your inbox as your to do list.– Decide where you'll work and for how long; how you'll wor...
  • penny shima glanz
    While one could potentially argue that Newport's book about why deep work is valuable, meaningful, and increasingly rare (and how shallow work harms knowledge workers) is simply a rehash of plain common sense, I counter that it is a valuable read. He makes the case in a compelling and clear manner that left me questioning each of my daily actions and if they helped me contribute to the goal of helping my clients truly solve their technology (or y...
  • Jen Nycz
    Always ambivalent about these sorts of books/pieces about prioritizing time and attention - on the one hand, I'm totally onboard with the overall goals, and find many of the strategies helpful. On the other, it's striking how pretty much every author extolling the benefits (and straightforwardness) of carving out blocks of time during which you tell the external world "eff off" so you can monastically lock yourself in a room to focus on producing...
  • Mandar
    Cal Newport builds an excellent case for Deep Work; contrasts it with Shallow Work that pervades our modern, highly distracted professional/personal lives; and urges knowledge workers to stay away from the latter if they want to create meaningful, value-adding work. His examples take you through decades' (if not centuries) worth of the search for the 'Flow' or 'being in the zone'; including explorations in neurology, psychology, and philosophy. S...