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 craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail 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 reader 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 to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

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  • Alex
    Aug 18, 2016


    Deze recensie verscheen eerder op student Communicatie ben ik erg geïnteresseerd in mensen. Maar het gaat niet alleen om communiceren met anderen, ook de manier van werken vind ik interessant. Hoe haal je het meeste uit jezelf? is een vraag die Cal Newport...

  • Maciej
    Jul 30, 2016


    The book about a skill which is absolutely critical and more rare these days then ever. Basic level, mostly useful for people with no prior experience in improving their focus and productivity. More advanced readers may get a few useful ideas or stories, but nothing new really. ...

  • Jelle Derckx
    Jun 22, 2016

    Jelle Derckx

    Als ik dit boek had gelezen op mijn 10de had mijn leven er anders uit gezien. Must read. ...

  • Ivan
    Jun 20, 2016


    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 ...

  • Rachel Bayles
    Jun 13, 2016

    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...

  • Jean Jimenez
    Jun 13, 2016

    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 re...

  • Emma Sea
    Jun 1, 2016

    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 ritu...

  • Jay
    May 30, 2016


    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...

  • Kirill
    May 22, 2016


    The book introduces the idea of deep work as the opposite of shallow one. And talks that we should prefer the former to the latter and arrange or schedule, workflow and habits in a way allowing deep work to be really deep. Probably some of the ideas in this book could appear to be obvi...

  • Willian Molinari
    May 17, 2016

    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...