Growth Spurt #2: Deep Work

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Review of the Week: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (on Audiobook)

Another audiobook this week! It was not narrated by the author, which was disappointing, but luckily the narrator (Jeff Bottoms), was easy enough to listen to, and kept me engaged… moving on…

Deep Work: Rules for Success in a Distracted World, focuses on the benefits of focusing solely on the task at hand. This will seem obvious to most of you, but it was more than that, they looked right into the research behind it. Brain function, studies of various lengths and modes of deep work, and how deep work can be worked into daily life. I don’t know about you, but I like to see a decent amount of research to back up a theory and push back against my skepticism and I was encouraged by what I heard!

These days we are constantly “plugged in”, we’re contactable at all times, with demands for our time and attention. Facebook wants you to wish someone a happy birthday, twitter wants you to check out a tweet that is trending, you boss wants an update on your work… the list goes on. The book discusses how these distractions deplete our mental capacity over the course of a day, and sap us of our ability to give our best effort in our work, even after the distractions are removed.

Now, not all of us can afford to withdraw from society and its distractions for months at a time, and emerge with the next heart-moving . Fortunately, the author has provided several options that (I think) can be adopted, depending on what will work best for you, what time you may have free, and how much your career and goals will benefit from deep work.

My final rating: 9/10!

Check out the full review on youtube.

 

Interesting Blog of the Week

Saeedmirfattah.com really struck a chord with me this week.

“Companies have strategic plans, why not you?”

I could NOT agree more! If you don’t know the underlying purpose to everything you do (in other words, your mission statement), and you don’t have a plan of attack outlined, how exactly do you expect to achieve it?!

Personally, I have my own mission statement which underlies my goals and my daily movements, and I remind myself of this statement on a daily basis when I write down my goals and visualise my achievements. I see this as my own brand, business, and my driver.

Have a look!

https://saeedmirfattah.com/2017/05/01/how-to-create-your-own-personal-strategic-plan-a-k-a-personal-development-plan/

Quote of the Week

“At the centre of your being, you have the answer: you know who you are and what you want” – Lao Tzu

Have a fantastic week this wee! Crush it,

 

Laveena

 

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