The way most of us spend most of our time at work is terrible.

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Deep and shallow are words sometimes used to describe water or people.  Sam Spurlin’s article about Cal Newport’s book Deep Work uses these words to describe two types of work.

Shallow work is the “non-cognitively demanding…often performed while distracted” work we hastily do between meetings and emails.  We less frequently do the “distraction-free…push your cognitive capabilities to their limit” deep work “that produces innovative ideas, creative insights, and truly valuable contributions.”

So what’s the point? 

  • First, Newport’s Deep Work Hypothesis: “The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
  • Second, if you want to develop your ability to do deep work, the article describes several ways you can start, even in your current work environment.

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