Book Review: Deep Work by Cal Newport
I've posted the review on Medium - mostly because the editor is much better and some people have problems reading on Blogger.
Some interesting ideas from the book:
- Quit social media
- Embrace boredom
- Lock away distractions
- I have started using desktop mail client. I get email in batches every hour instead of the constant flow of new mail.
- Disabled most of notifications, even in chat applications.
- Focus: I went back to the Pomodoro technique that I gradually stopped using.
- Focus: I went back to practice concentration in the form of mindfulness
- Didn’t make any changes to social media. Login by Twitter or Facebook is really useful. I’m not really an active user on those sites so I didn’t expect much here.
- I didn’t manage to create any ‘work’ settings at home.
- I still don’t have any strict ‘end of work’ hour as I spent a lot of my free time doing something technical or learning/reading about it.
- Totally failed in boredom. I listen to podcasts while walking or washing dishes. When I’m at home I read or watch something all the time. Shorter moments are taken by articles that I have in Pocket. Not to mention checking Hacker News from time to time.
Would I recommend the book. Of course. The whole subject of focus work and distractions deserves much more publicity.
Recently I heard about Feynman Algorithm that reminds me of Deep Work:
- Write down the problem.
- Think real hard.
- Write down the solution.
It resonates a lot with me as it’s something that works for me from time to time — especially when it works.
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