Why this book?
I’ll start with the way my own journey began: with practical, nuts and bolts ‘physical’ style actions.
For this I recommend Cal Newport’s first book, one of my top three non-fiction titles of all time.
I got so much from Cal’s book that it’s difficult to sum up in a short review, but his advice helped me establish work behaviours and routines that led to the completion of two fiction titles (my debut novels) and another non-fiction title (my third) during the worst of the COVID pandemic.
I recommend you look at all of Cal’s work but begin with Deep Work. You won’t be sorry.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves your attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term 'deep work' on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mindset that foster a practice of…