Should we expect distractions at work? Or are we unwittingly cooperating in our own ineffectiveness?
In this conversation, Cal Newport, bestselling author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, shares how deep work has become the superpower of the 21st century. Cal argues that today’s workplace is a minefield of distractions. With email, open floor plans, and instant messaging systems, we’re continually pulled away from meaningful, productive work. And the very tools our workplaces rely on to promote productivity are actually contributing to increased distraction and inefficiency.
Learning to take control of our own attention is not only the key to a meaningful life, but it is the key to economic viability in a distracted age.
Cal is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, as well as the bestselling author of five books. His ideas and writing are frequently featured in major publications, and he is author of the popular blog, Study Hacks.
In this episode, we talk about:
What makes deep work so valuable
How deep work makes life more meaningful
What deep work looks like and how little distraction it takes to ruin it
Why boredom is actually the key to doing deep work
Why relationships hold the key to deep work
Why we should be teaching young people to engage in deep work
The value of being lazy when it comes to deep work
Why you need a philosophy for doing deep work
Cal also shares his deep curiosity to rethink cognitive workflows in a post-industrial age.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
The Second Machine Age by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Sophie LeRoy and attention residue
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett
The Collaboration Curse in The Economist
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