Book | Deep Work

Deep Work – Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport, Grand Central © 2016


  • “Deep work” is professional work that requires intense focus and concentration.
  • Deep work is essential for and central to knowledge work.
  • It is necessary for mastering complex topics more quickly.
  • How much elite work you produce equals the time you spend on your task multiplied by how intensely you focus.
  • Obstacles and conflicting demands are increasing every day and they hinder deep work.
  • Deep work promotes a sense of flow, meaning and sacredness.
  • Evaluate your habits and actions with the goal of structuring your time to protect the attention you need for deep work.
  • Some people integrate deep work into their lives in daily units.
  • Others, like Bill Gates, withdraw from the world periodically for periods of complete focus.
  • To promote deep work, “embrace boredom,” “quit social media” and “drain the shallows” of your life.


Useful Quotes:

  • “Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capacities to their limit.”
  • “Deep work is necessary to wring every last drop of value out of your current intellectual capacity.”
  • “Shallow Work: Non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted.”
  • “To succeed with deep work you must rewire your brain to be comfortable resisting distracting stimuli.”
  • “The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy.”