Deep Work




“If I organize my life in such a way that I get lots of long, consecutive, uninterrupted time-chunks, I can write novels. [If I instead get interrupted a lot] what replaces it? Instead of a novel — location: 87 ^ref-8247

Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work. — location: 107 ^ref-54828

The Shallows, appropriately enough, Carr had to move to a cabin and forcibly disconnect. — location: 111 ^ref-60781

build our own personal Bollingen Towers; — location: 246 ^ref-3430

A deep life is a good life. — location: 247 ^ref-27932

The Intellectual Life, — location: 404 ^ref-43867

deliberate practice. — location: 414 ^ref-61361

Deep Work Helps You Produce at an Elite Level — location: 449 ^ref-56235

High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus) — location: 482 ^ref-65074

I don’t need a sword. But I have to make them.” — location: 874 ^ref-28538

“The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence have been known to make a man quiet and easy,” — location: 878 ^ref-27585

Craftsmen like Furrer tackle professional challenges that are simple to define but difficult to execute—a — location: 881 ^ref-54905

your full human potential), turns out to be a building. — location: 1110 ^ref-53007

You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it. — location: 1168 ^ref-24649

The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration. — location: 1173 ^ref-24757

Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. — location: 1209 ^ref-30968

Trying to pitch Knuth on the intangible returns of building an audience on Twitter, or the unexpected opportunities that might come through a more liberal use of e-mail, will fail, as these behaviors don’t directly aid his goal — location: 1222 ^ref-43395

Alignment of Interest

All of my time and attention are spoken for—several times over. Please do not ask for them. — location: 1230 ^ref-41937

2008 science fiction epic, Anathem, — location: 1240 ^ref-62706

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Carl Jung would lock himself every morning into a minimally appointed room to write without interruption. He would then meditate and walk in the woods to clarify his thinking in preparation for the next day’s writing. — location: 1253 ^ref-9273

bimodal philosophy of deep work. This philosophy asks that you divide your time, dedicating some clearly defined stretches to deep pursuits and leaving the rest open to everything else. — location: 1265 ^ref-29791

His 2013 bestseller, Give and Take, promotes the practice of giving of your time and attention, without expectation of something in return, as a key strategy in professional advancement. — location: 1283 ^ref-8019

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way to create better jokes was to write every day. — location: 1298 ^ref-5996

“every inch of Caro’s New York office is governed by rules.” Where he places his books, how he stacks his notebooks, what he puts on his wall, even what he wears to the office: Everything is specified by a routine that has varied little over Caro’s long career. “I trained myself to be organized,” he explained. — location: 1388 ^ref-37428

This means he doesn't need to think about any of those aspects after developing a habit to keep them going

There is a popular notion that artists work from inspiration—that there is some strike or bolt or bubbling up of creative mojo from who knows where … but I hope [my work] makes clear that waiting for inspiration to strike is a terrible, terrible plan. In fact, perhaps the single best piece of advice I can offer to anyone trying to do creative work is to ignore inspiration. — location: 1398 ^ref-55357

[Great creative minds] think like artists but work like accountants.” — location: 1403 ^ref-46532

Where you’ll work and for how long. — location: 1412 ^ref-18306

identify a location used only for depth—for instance, a conference room or quiet library—the positive effect can be even greater. — location: 1415 ^ref-63552

How you’ll work once you start to work. Your ritual needs rules and processes to keep your efforts structured. — location: 1418 ^ref-55335

How you’ll support your work. — location: 1423 ^ref-3047

For example, the ritual might specify that you start with a cup of good coffee, or make sure you have access to enough food of the right type to maintain energy, or integrate light exercise such as walking to help keep the mind clear. — location: 1424 ^ref-39454

Nietzsche said: “It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.”) — location: 1425 ^ref-44277

By leveraging a radical change to your normal environment, coupled perhaps with a significant investment of effort or money, all dedicated toward supporting a deep work task, you increase the perceived importance of the task. — location: 1448 ^ref-40658

was nothing physically stopping Gates from thinking deeply in his office in Microsoft’s Seattle headquarters, but the novelty of his weeklong retreat helped him achieve the desired levels of concentration. — location: 1457 ^ref-24843

Change my mind!