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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 craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep - spending their days instead in a frantic blur of email and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules", for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the listener on a journey through memorable stories - from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business-class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Cal Newport (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Ce que les critiques disent

"This book changed my mind. It has moved me from 'find your passion, so that you can be useful' to 'be useful so that you can find your passion.' That is a big flip, but it's more honest, and that is why I am giving each of my three young adult children a copy of this unorthodox guide." (Kevin Kelly, senior maverick, WIRED magazine)
"'Do what you love and the money will follow' sounds like great advice - until it's time to get a job and disillusionment quickly sets in. Cal Newport ably demonstrates how the quest for 'passion' can corrode job satisfaction. If all he accomplished with this book was to turn conventional wisdom on its head, that would be interesting enough. But he goes further - offering advice and examples that will help you bypass the disillusionment and get right to work building skills that matter." (Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind)
"Entrepreneurial professionals must develop a competitive advantage by building valuable skills. This book offers advice based on research and reality - not meaningless platitudes - on how to invest in yourself in order to stand out from the crowd. An important guide to starting up a remarkable career." (Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn and coauthor of the best-selling The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career)

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So good. An essential read.

If you feel like you’re all over the place with your day and cannot get to what you need to do, this book is excellent. Very good discussion of the use of social media as well. Highly recommended.

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Pretty good

Learn how to say no, maximize your time and spend less time on social media

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Excellent with not just what (to do) but also how (to do)

An excellent book
- Excellent with not just what (to do) but also how (to do)
- Applicable to one’s personal as well as professional life

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Life changing

Life changing book about how to be the productivity powerhouse that you have wanted to be.

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One of the best listens of the year

#Audible1 the author explains all concepts very clearly in a step-by-step fashion. The material isn't advanced but with numerous examples of application it is easy to see why the subject is important.

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As good as advertised!

Perfect narration, great content, amazing research. I would recommend to anyone who wants a good idea of what deep work is and an idea of Cal Newport's work.

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Exactly what I needed

I really enjoyed this book. Addiction to distraction is a major barrier to my performance. This book has a lot of practical strategies for managing this problem.

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That voice...

It’s not the first time I encounter that problem. Great content for sure but the voice made it incredibly painful to listen to. In fact I simply couldnt assimilate more than one sentence at a time because he talks in a way that it completely ruins the rythm of the things he explains. Talks like a late night advertising salesman who explains something to a 8 years old child.

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Painfully Dull - Not Cal Newport's best work

I really enjoyed Cal Newports So Good They Can't Ignore You. I've heard him on many podcasts and I'm a fan. While the premise of this book is something I can get behind the way it's laid out is so convoluted and dull I just couldn't get through it. The narrator might as well be a robot. I literally think Siri narrating this book would have been better. Bad news all around.

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Good arguments for investing in depth

This book even when tells you something that you can consider obvious it is is an eye opener because it presents the arguments to be a deep worker in a very convincing and clear ways.

Personally I have the ability to be a deep worker I found harder to do it lately and the book gives good reason of why that is the case.

I will be trying some of the advice in the book especially the part of how to create an environment conducive to deep working because I agree with the reason of why this kind of work is important when you are trying to get complex knowledge in quick time.

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  • Derek
  • 2016-05-17

1.5x pace

Recommend listening at 1.5x pace to keep engaged throughout. Some dry points, but worth finishing as there are several actionable recommendations and ways to re-imagine how we spend our work and extracurricular time.

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  • M.J.
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016-11-17

Blocking off time each day to work without distractions will make you more productive

"Blocking off time each day to work without distractions will make you more productive" - This book

There, I just saved you another 7 hours.

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  • Anthony
  • 2017-12-06

Academics ONLY

If you work in any kind of operational environment, this is not the book for you. I really struggled through the first 4 chapters...straining to not give up. Those first chapters consist of the author referencing other academics, as if this was a research paper. I finally skipped that last half of chapter four. On to the good part, so I thought... Give me some rules, as the title explains. Well, those don't help either unless you work at a university and can lock yourself in an office for at least 5 hours a day. Let me sum it up, turn off your phone and email (wow, thanks...original idea there that is not in hundreds of other books, but yeah, good advise). Then, get rid of all of your social media....eye roll. He even talks about one "professor" who happily tells the world that he gave up all email on January 1st 1990....yeah, 1990.... Ok, now batch your work. Yet, another example of another "professor" that only teaches in the fall and researches in the spring and summer so he can "deep work".

I was looking for a couple pointers on how to "focus in a distracted world", and what I learned was that I need to become a university professor.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 2017-01-27

Formulaic Self Help

This is another book in the Formulaic Self Help Genre. The formula is: Propose an idea that everyone already agrees with, and take it to an extreme, then reference a handful of rich and famous people and claim they sort of follow your extreme proposal, then give a multistep program to implement your proposal in the reader's life.

Most books in this genre have the same weakness, they fail to point out that most people that follow their program are not rich or famous. Such books also don't discuss the many other rich and famous people who do the exact opposite of the proposed method, yet achieve greatness.

In this case, Deep Work is focusing and avoiding distractions while working. Good advice. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that have great focus and avoid distractions while working but don't achieve greatness, because they are focusing quite deeply on the wrong thing. There are also a lot of people who create best with many people working together in a dynamic and distracting environment. Some with rock music, others with 10 screens of continuous data.

I am an introvert and don't engage in social media (never read or sent a tweet, check facebook about 3 times/yearm very limited email). I think the advice given would work pretty well for introverts, I am not so sure about this working for other personality types and work styles.

If you are an introvert with a social media addiction, this book may be helpful to you.
For me it was not worth my time.

The narration was OK for a self help book.
The PDF is basically just a list of references.

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  • RGG
  • 2017-02-04

Great idea - beat to death!

Too redundant with way way way too many examples from academia. Really should've been 100 to 150 pages tops.

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  • Ethan
  • 2016-02-15

Waste of time

Let me save you a few hours, this books is worth about three blog posts. The first half of the books is about why Cal believes Deep Work matters. Skip it, it's fluffy stories and motivation. The second half of the book is about how to do "Deep Work" If it's never occurred to you to restrict or remove email and social media then perhaps it's useful to read. There's a tiny section on block scheduling and a short section on improving focus and attention that could be useful, but are better already covered by Newport's Study Hacks blog.

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  • Oliver Nielsen
  • 2016-11-09

Taking a stance!

A great productivity book that takes a stance and offers concrete steps you can follow, to be more productive. *Productive* as in *increased creative output* – not "productive" as in David Allen's GTD, where productivity largely means "crankin' widgets and emptying your inbox" – a surefire system to "get busy – and *stay* busy – while feeling productive".

I recommend Cal's book to anyone entrapped in social media and/or email and IM. Especially those who're doing creative work like writing, artistic endeavours, innovation, etc.

If that's you, this book will set you free, unleashing your creative work, by giving it the space, time, energy and *respect* (from yourself) that it rightly deserves – and *needs* in order to thrive, evolve, grow, and be *shared* with the world, in a format that is *usefu*l to other people.

Drafts and ideas on your laptop is just that: drafts and ideas. To turn that raw material (of genius maybe) into something real and concrete: takes deep work. It is the *difficult* part. The crucial, tedious 80% of the creation process. Doing deep work requires dedicated time, space and energy. And taking a stance – respecting *yourself* and *your work* enough. To *do* the work. Your *deep* work.

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  • Ed Shepherdson
  • 2016-12-27

Reality and Cost of Social Flow,

The reality that shallow work pressures distract us from deep work has a significant impact on many people and organizations. Coming from the technology world where Agile development, open office, social collaboration is the trend, we need to be conscious of the impact this shallow work has on the deep work required to build strong foundations. The key to success will be finding the right balance.

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  • Happy
  • los angeles, ca, United States
  • 2017-07-03

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distract

The title tells you what is in the book. Indeed, there are many distractions in our everyday lives. Sometimes we do not recognize the distractions and we may not fully realize how even the minor distractions pull us away from our best work. For college students, like myself, I am always looking for a better, faster way to study and learn. Time seems to be my enemy robbing me of the time needed to finish projects and study for exams. After reading this book and taking allotted time without distractions I am now able to get more accomplished in less time. Originally I was not sure I could find more time, the time I did not have to begin with, to use the guidelines suggested in the book. Just the opposite happened and found the suggestions gave me more free time and made study more rewarding.

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  • Gerald C Co
  • 2016-02-15

Chockful of Value

This book is perfect for people who are having a hard time concentrating. Cal gives you concrete tips on how you can improve the quality of your work and not only that, but also produce more.

This audiobook deserves at least 3 listens. I implore you to buy this if you are a knowledge worker, and just feel that you have too much on your plate, and want to get more your day.

Buy this audiobook and get the hardcover too.

You will not regret it.

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