Getting distracted is so easy, right? You have your phone just within reach anytime work gets slow, commercials appear on TV, falling asleep is difficult. Deep Work by Cal Newport focuses on the very nature of quick-fix information's place in our society and how it has affected the work force in particular. Are we so unable to buckle down and apply ourselves to truly immersive learning experiences that we are slipping behind in competition with the superstars of our industries? Can we retrain ourselves to block out interruptions and give our intellectual pursuits the deep work they deserve? Deep work, as Cal explains, is (with very few exceptions) the only way to actually perform the best work you can be achieving.
The workforce is changing all over the world, primarily due to technological advances. Employers are more likely to replace workers with robot counterparts whenever they are able. With the inevitable future of many current jobs disappearing, who will still get hired? Another technological marvel is the constant improvements we are getting in the field of telecommuting. The plus side to remote work is that companies no longer have to stay within their local hiring pool and can find the best talent in any location. The down side is this leaves those local talent pools underemployed. How can we prepare ourselves to race in the hyper-competitive future job market? Deep Work gives us some insight into who exactly will continue thriving and how to position ourselves similarly.
Three groups are expected to not only find themselves safe, but better off than ever once automation and outsourcing reaches new heights.
Here comes the tough part. Which path you choose to pursue of the above three is entirely up to you, but the directions are all the same. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and plunge into some self-discipline. Here is how author Cal Newport encourages readers to reach their goals and reclaim their lost attention span:
Deep work is a pretty quick read and one I highly recommend. Social media overload is a condition most of us are battling, as well as the need to fight off boredom as though that itself was our main line of work. This book reminds us to get ahead, stay focused, and toughen up our ability to do the work that needs to be done with the discipline our pursuits deserve.
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