“One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results.”

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In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he celebrates the power of its opposite: the ability to focus intensely on cognitively demanding tasks; a skill he calls “deep work.”

Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed—preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work— but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.

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From the Study Hacks Blog:

  • 04/29 What We Learned Teaching Over 1000 Professionals How to Practice Deliberately

    Top Performer Returns

    Last October, Scott Young and I launched an online course called Top Performer, which teaches knowledge workers how to apply the insights of deliberate practice to excel professionally. The first session of the course… Read More »

  • 04/22 Talk to Your Boss About Deep Work

    A Deep Case Study

    Tom works in marketing for a venture-backed tech start-up in Silicon Valley. After reading Deep Work, he realized that prioritizing uninterrupted concentration would help him excel in his job,… Read More »

  • 04/19 Write Longer Emails

    The Switching Cost

    I want to close my recent series of posts on email with a practical observation that’s often missed:
    The main productivity cost of email is not the time you spend reading… Read More »

  • 04/15 Schedule Meeting Margins

    Margin Matters

    Sometimes it’s the simplest productivity hacks that end up returning the greatest benefits over time. Here’s one such strategy I’ve been toying with recently:
    The Meeting Margin Method
    Assume you… Read More »