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Deep Work by Cal Newport | Animated Book Summary | Between The Lines Animations

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Published on Aug 26, 2016

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Deep Work by Cal Newport | Animated Book Summary | Between The Lines Animations

The Rules For Deep Work:
Rule #1: Work Deeply
Deep work doesn’t just happen. It needs to be consciously set-up in your life. There’s many approaches to it, you can carve out time in the morning where you can get a few hours in every day, you can make yourself harder to reach so you find yourself with more periods of uninterrupted time regularly, or you can do what Carl Jung did and build a house in the forest so you can unplug for weeks at a time.
Whatever approach you choose, make sure to set up blocks of time where you can work without interruption and allow your mind to go in deep. Don’t leave it up to chance, decide when, where, and how long you’ll work, what you’ll do, even how you’ll fuel your mind for optimal performance.
Rule #2: Embrace Boredom
Being able to think deeply involves continuous practice. It is like training a muscle, the more you do it, the stronger it gets. Our ability to delve into deep work is inextricably tied to our regular practice. However, this will get off set if we spend two hours every morning thinking deeply, and the rest of the day jumping on Facebook or finding distractions whenever we have a few seconds of spare time.
Once our brains our wired for distraction, it’s harder for it to jump in to intense focus and concentration. So instead of looking at your phone every time you have a few seconds, carve out time where you’ll allow yourself to be distracted instead of allowing spare time to be filled with social media.
Rule #3: Quit Social Media
Everyone knows that social media is distracting. There’s also uses for it, but we often fall into the any benefit approach to network tools. If we can find any benefit to having it, we will use it. Instead, we should use the craftsman approach to if we should use a social media tool or not: “The Craftsman Approach to Tool Selection: The craftsmans approach states you need to Identify the core factors that determine success and happiness in your professional and personal life. Adopt a tool only if its positive impacts on these factors substantially outweigh its negative impacts.”
Rule #4: Drain the Shallows
Deep work is the most important work that we can do. But that doesn’t mean we can avoid shallow work entirely. We only have so much cognitive ability to think deeply in a day, but that time gets eaten up fast. Find ways to get the most deep work in by scheduling every minute of your day, finish your work by 5:30 to allow you to recharge, or become hard to reach by asking a lot out of people who send you emails.

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