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Who Is Cal Newport?
Cal Newport is an American computer science professor and author of multiple books that address the risks and advantages of digital technology, doing better in school/college and working more effectively (See e.g., Deep Work)
The Best Cal Newport Books of All Time
Why these best Cal Newport books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timlessly relevant (first publication date).
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"Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive abilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate."- Cal Newport, Deep Work
"The Deep Work Hypothesis: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive."- Cal Newport, Deep Work
"Part of what fuelled social media’s rapid assent… is its ability to short-circuit this connection between the hard work of producing real value and the positive reward of having people pay attention to you."- Cal Newport, Deep Work
"For someone new to such [deep] practice … an hour a day is a reasonable limit. For those familiar with the rigours of such activities, the limit expands to something like four hours, but rarely more."- Cal Newport, Deep Work
"Schedule every minute of your day… When you’re done … every minute should be part of a block. You have, in effect, given every minute of your workday a job. Now, as you go through your day, use this schedule to guide you."- Cal Newport, Deep Work
"Fixed schedule productivity is a meta-habit that’s simple to adopt but broad in its impact. If you have to choose just one behaviour that reorients your focus toward the deep, this one should be high on your list of opportunities."- Cal Newport, Deep Work
"A commitment to deep work is not a moral stance and it’s not a philosophical statement – it is instead a pragmatic recognition that the ability to concentrate is a skill that gets valuable things done."- Cal Newport, Deep Work
"[To understand where a task fits on the shallow-to-deep scale ask a simple question:] How long would it take (in months) to train a smart, recent college graduate with no specialised training in my field to complete this task?"- Cal Newport, Deep Work
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