Cal Newport’s Scheduled Day

This is a great article showing you how Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, schedules his day down to the minute. Deep Habits: The Importance of Planning Every Minute of Your Day

Decision Fatigue

You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it. Your will, in other words, is not a manifestation of your character that you can deploy without limit: it’s instead like a muscle that tires. From Deep Work by Cal Newport

Task Switching and Attention Residue

The problem this research identifies with this work strategy is that when you switch from Task A to Task B, your attention doesn’t immediately follow — a residue of your attention remains stuck thinking about the original task. This residue gets especially thick if your work on Task A was unbounded and of low intensity […]

Any Benefit Approach to Tool Selection

The Any-Benefit Approach to Network Tool Selection: You’re justified in using a network tool if you can identify any possible benefit to its use, or anything you might possibly miss out on if you don’t use it. Where Newport is focused primarily on tools like Slack or Twitter, I think this extends to any tool […]

Shallow Work – Definition

Shallow Work: Noncognitively demanding logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate. From Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work – Definition

Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate. From Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work Hypothesis

The 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. From Deep Work by Cal Newport

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