Book Review – Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport
Book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Author: Cal Newport
Year of Release: 2016
Read 263-page hardcover edition in December 2017.
In this business non-fiction book, computer science professor Cal Newport discusses the concept of deep work versus shallow work. So many knowledge workers in today’s business environment are trapped in hours of shallow work per day, answering emails and attending meetings. Meanwhile, the true “deep work” that is value added and moves new ideas forward does not get done. How do we change this?
Newport explains these terms in detail, advances the argument that deep work is paramount to an individual and to an organization, and provides rules for more focus on deep work.
This was a fantastic book that showcases how to write a business book right! In place of a lot of unnecessary jargon, Newport uses case studies and examples of real people, past and present, to present his arguments and prove his theories. Newport’s examples really help us understand the facts behind his points, and understand why his case for deep work makes sense.
Newport also provides a variety of great practical lessons and solutions for readers, so that knowledge workers can take actual practical concepts back into their workplaces and personal lives, and try them out. Rather than read about abstract theories that may or may not apply easily, this book lays out some great steps to take to get on the path to deep work. Lessons around email management and reduction, more efficient and less frequency of meetings, and the need for focused, quiet, “deep” work, are provided, along with the case that fractured time constantly checking inboxes and social media are causing disturbances to moving concepts forward. This is detrimental to individual career advancement and to the organization as a whole.
Overall, this is a fascinating, insightful, and useful book, and one which the reader can jot down some of the helpful tips and tools (and rules) to try, and work towards achieving more deep work in their workplace.
Overall: 5 stars out of 5 stars