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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Paperback – 5 Jan 2016

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349411905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349411903
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Engaging and substantive ... Deep Work accomplishes two considerable tasks: One is putting out a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious, without relying on gauzy clichés. The second is that Mr. Newport resists the corporate groupthink of constant connectivity without seeming like a curmudgeon. (The Wall Street Journal)

Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure. We don't need more clicks, more cats, and more emojis. We need brave work, work that happens when we refuse to avert our eyes. (Seth Godin, author of LINCHPIN)

Deep Work makes a compelling case for cultivating intense focus, and offers immediately actionable steps for infusing more of it into our lives. (Adam M. Grant, author of ORIGINALS)

As automation and outsourcing reshape the workplace, what new skill do we need? The ability to do deep work. Cal Newport's exciting new book is an introduction and guide to the kind of intense concentration in a distraction-free environment that results in fast, powerful learning and performance. Think of it as calisthenics for your mind-and start your exercise program today. (Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE)

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Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life - the ability to master distraction.

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The basic tenets of deep thinking and knowing about the pitfalls from self and others in its implementation is highly beneficial. However, for me, there were over explanations of various peripheral points which led me feeling either there was a need to justify the concept beyond what was necessary, or to make a respectable sized book. The core message(s) will stay with me but in a much condensed form.
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Feels like a TED talk that has been stretched into a book. There are some interesting insights but it is difficult to read with the amount of repetition and fluff. Although deep work is a good concept, seeing the words "deep work" over and over and over again grated.
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Really great book. amazing how much better standard of life one can have by cutting out the noise and distractions of social media and other shallow things and relearning how to focus on ourselves
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An important reminder for me of the power of focus. Clearly written, thoroughly researched and with inspiring examples of individuals who have resisted distraction to make use of their gifts and put something of value into the world. Loved the idea of being a 'craftsman' and made me want to go straight to a cabin in the woods to write. Also helped remove some of the guilt as to why it can be difficult to get solid work done in an open plan office!

Gives the reasons why and then some strategies for how you can get more deep work into your life. My only critique was that some of the strategies seemed a bit onerous and can only see them working for the super disciplined. The average reader of the book is probably struggling with focus hence why they bought the book. Will keep this on my Kindle as a very useful reference though.
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I m reading on productivity lessons for sometime and am an appreciator for focused work before reading the book as well.
But after reading this book I m very much bought into the advantage of what Cal N. calls deep work, as it re-enforces my earlier assumptions.
The advice offered is practical and easy to follow. But some things are too much for me I have to say.
Great things to learn though. Look forward to implementing some of the concepts in this book, thanks to the author.
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As a ‘knowledge worker’ who is prone to technological and other distractions, I found this is a really interesting and useful read, packed full of practical suggestions for making deep work happen.
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I am constantly going back to the ideas in this book. A really helpful resource and easy to read.
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Practical to a degree, but good to grasp the concept.
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