Cal Newport: Deep Work
A big problem with a lot of these attention-stealing technologies is that we’ve adopted … the “any benefit mindset” for tool adoption.
You have to wean [your brain] off its dependence on novel stimuli every time you feel a little bored.
I think focus is the new IQ, and that deep work is going to become one of the most valuable skills as our economy gets more competitive and more complex.
How to get started with deep work:
Train your brain to be better at focusing (example: put your phone away after dinner)
Set aside time for deep work (example: set aside five hours a week for deep work)
Make a move in your life that signals to yourself that you take the ability to focus seriously (example: quitting a social media service)
From “Deep Work”
In almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits.
It’s wrong to assume you automatically have the right to work whatever schedule you want.
The Four Rules:
Quit Social Media
Drain the Shallows
Activate your free membership for full access to the entire library of interviews since 2011, searchable by topic.