Why do some people produce a huge amount of work in the same amount of time most others struggle to get anything done?

Cal Newport’s answer is simple: Deep Work – which gave the title to his best-selling book.

What is Deep Work?

It’s the opposite of shallow work. By his definition, shallow work is busy work.

It is “non‐cognitively demanding, logistical‐style tasks and (to-dos) that can be completed in a semi‐distracted state.”

These include processing email, organizing documents, attending most meetings (in person or online), sorting mail, and running errands.

Deep Work, by contrast, includes working on big, meaningful projects: a new business strategy, a large project, or an important proposal.

The problem is that some of the shallow work will one day be automated and commoditized. You don’t want to be a commodity. You do want to produce Deep Work.

Deep Work is “difficult but important intellectual work completed during long uninterrupted periods of time.”

This requires:

  • eliminating all distractions – which very few people are capable of avoiding: social media, email, chit-chat, rings, dings, and pings.
  • keeping your office door closed.
  • a dedicated workspace. If you have everything you need within reach, you won’t need to leave your desk.
  • a specific time frame – 60 to 90 minutes – seems to be a good range.

If you have the discipline to put these simple (yet not necessarily easy) guidelines in place, you will massively outproduce most people.

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Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free certified

Co-Founder of Chronos