Deep Work

Illustration of the difference in Shallow and Deep Focus from the book Deep Work

I have just finished Cal Newport’s book Deep Work, which has been a staple listening of my evenings for the past week. Although often sounding like an infomercial, it did get me thinking about distinctions in focusing, and what I can do to focus more…

For those who haven’t read the book the distinctions are as follows:

The goal, Mr Newport rightly says, is to cultivate your state of Deep Focus so you can use it like a magnifying glass to concentrate the full potential of your mind on a problem.

Although many techniques are offered for attaining this sacred state the one I’ve found most practical is removing distractions from my environment. All those little gadgets scattered around beeping for my attention.

He explains that willpower is like a muscle, who’s energy can be depleted. Over time distractions can drain your finite pool of willpower until you can’t resist.

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