Key Principles

  • Deep Work is focused and uninterrupted work. Distractions and conflicting demands hinder deep work.
  • Deep Work allows people to master complex topics fast. Some of the best ideas and meaningful progress come from deep work.
  • The ability to do deep work allows you to feel a sense of meaning and being ‘in flow’.
  • Evaluate your habits and actions with the aim of structuring your time to protect your attention and allow time to do the deep work.
  • Consider quitting certain social media channels, embracing boredom, and “draining the shallows of your life” in order to get down to deep work.
  • The key is to develop your ability to focus more intensely, and at the same time, resist distractions. You can train this ability like a muscle. 
  • Every time you allow yourself to get distracted, such as checking your mobile phone, you weaken your ability to focus and do deep work.
  • Focus ruthlessly on your most important goals. Exclude work that does not add meaning to your life and resist the temptation to justify distractions.

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The above is inspired from the bestselling book "Deep Work" by Cal Newport.

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