I finished Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport on audiobook this week.
It was kind of depressing. Basically the argument is that the ability to perform "deep work", which is focused and uninterrupted, is becoming an increasingly rare skill. The author says that most knowledge workers are too distracted by checking their emails (I think this was written before the rise of Slack), Twitter, and the general allure of the internet to reach their full potential.
Side note: I may have failed from the start, because I listened to this on audiobook while putting together a puzzle. I'm not sure where a puzzle compares against checking Slack or Twitter though... 🤔
I don't think that all of the ideas in this book will work for everyone. I believe that the author is in an academic position, and some of the things he suggests just don't sound feasible in an office where people are depending on me for input on their work.
On the other hand, there are definitely some days where I feel like I'm stuck on the Slack hamster wheel, and I think shutting myself away from it all and putting my head down would definitely result in some different (although at this point hard to qualify as "better") output.
Overall, I think it had some good ideas and I'll try a couple of them out.
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