Dec 30, 2018
Episode 42: Deep Work by Cal Newport and the steps you can take to get started!
What is keeping you from getting your most important things done? It is probably the lack of "Deep Work" in your life. We will talk to you about what you can do to find more Deep Work time and get your most important things done!
In this book, Cal Newport draws a clear distinction between two types of work: deep work and shallow work.
Deep work is defined as:
Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.
Shallow work is:
Non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.
Cal Newport believes that to achieve deep work, you will need to follow four principles
1.You must engage in deep work itself
2.You must learn how to embrace, rather than avoid “boredom”
3.You must have a plan to “quit social media”
4.You should definitely have a plan to “drain the shallows”
We will cover these four principles in more depths and discuss our thoughts on the book in this episode.
10 Weeks to transform your productivity
We have an exciting plan to help you reach your goals and become the best you that you can be! Beginning next week, we will take you through 10 of the best productivity books on the market, one book per week.
This is going to be a very interactive series, because you will only be transformed if you actually take the steps, make the changes, and start the actions needed to improve. We will be with you each step of the way.
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Each week I will create action steps for each of us to work toward, based on the books we read. The books and the sequence we will progress through them have been purposefully laid out. When we are through the last book, you will already have accomplished more in 10 weeks than you did all the previous months of the year and you will have a robust plan as you head in to 2019. Imagine 2019 for a moment. 2019 could be the year that all your dreams will come true, that you accomplish more than you imagined was possible and you also have time to enjoy life and to reap the benefits from your productive life. That is what I want for you and that is who you will be if you come along with us on this productivity journey.
The book for next week will be: “Eat That Frog!” By Brian Tracy
As a side note, if you aren’t able to read the book prior to listening, we will give you a high-level overview and will give you enough information so that you can work through the exercises with us. So, even if you do not read the books, you will learn A LOT from each episode. Still, each one of these books are packed with so many nuggets of goodness and there is no way we can cover everything in them, so I highly encourage you to read each of them as you work along with us to transform our productivity!
The rest out the list can be found below. You can download them, the first one for free, if you go to audibletrial.com/drivenwomen or click the links below to buy them in all formats, including Kindle.
WEEK 1: “Getting Things Done” by David Allen
WEEK 2: “The One Thing” by Gary Keller, with Jay Papasan
WEEK 3: “First Things First” by Stephen Covey
WEEK 4: “The 30-Day Productivity Plan” by Damon Zahariade
WEEK 5: “The NOW Habit” by Neil Fiore
WEEK 6: “Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg
WEEK 7: “Deep Work” by Cal Newport
WEEK 8: “Eat That Frog!” By Brian Tracy
WEEK 9: “Finish what you start” by Craig S. Copeland
WEEK 10: “Your best year ever” by Michael Hyatt
We genuinely Want to know! (Listener questions and feedback)
As discussed, this is going to be a very interactive 10 weeks. I would love to hear from you! What are your biggest productivity hacks? Have you read any of the books on this list already? Do you have a favorite? What is your number one challenge that gets in the way of your productivity? Have you ever had a breakthrough in productivity, that changed everything and dramatically improved your performance? Would you be willing to share it with us? You can also just record your message with your phone voice recorder and e-mail me the file. You will help so many others if you are willing to share your solutions or let us discuss your challenges. We will use your voicemails on a future podcast!
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