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- My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
- Required reading for authors, researchers, students, and anyone doing heavy mental lifting
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How to know if this book can help you:
- You’re an author.
- You’re a researcher.
- You struggle to get large projects done because you’re constantly distracted by the small stuff.
How would you like to publish more books, articles, or papers? And not just more, but better ones. Enter deep work.
You know that four-quadrant idea Eisenhower used to prioritize tasks by urgency and importance?
➀ Do First
➃ Don’t Do
What’s neither urgent
- Focus on the wildly important. As other books like The ONE Thing and Essentialism teach, if you want to get a lot done then develop an extreme focus on a small number of goals at a given time. You can have it all, but not if you try to do it all at once.
- Act on lead measures. The lead measure in deep work “is time spent in a state of deep work dedicated toward your wildly important goal.” The lag measures describes your output, such as the number of books you wrote.
- Keep a compelling scoreboard. Track your time, otherwise you’ll make up stories about how you spent it and don’t reflect reality. Keep a pad next to your computer, or use a simple time tracker like Caato.
- Create a cadence of accountability. Review your progress frequently. It can be weekly, monthly, or quarterly—the point is that you analyze what you’ve done, what worked and what didn’t, and then make new plans for the future.
Is this helpful? Then read Deep Work to get more of it.