Book Report: Three Tips for Deep Work in a Shallow World
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“It’s as if they [social media platforms] are taking behavioural cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your interface and that’s the thing that keeps you coming back and back and back,” leading technology engineer Aza Raskin told the BBC earlier this month.
So, the Silicon Valley titans know exactly how to dose out the dopamine to keep us gazing into our shiny, pretty devices. This much we know. But it’s not enough to just keep out of the FAANGers’ (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) jaws. We need to work more productively and creatively. We need to work deep.
According to Cal Newport, author of ‘Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World’ there are two core abilities to thrive;
We landed in a freezing Madrid in early January, right on time for a two-day storm. It was quite a change from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, where we’d lived for the past eight years. Around 25°C of a difference in temperature for a start.
The kids started school just three days later where more changes hit them like a blizzard. They were horrified that the home-time bell rang at 5:00 pm, not 2:00 pm. They grumbled under layers and layers of clothes, and hours and hours of homework. I fretted over whether we’d done the right thing. Would they adapt? Would they make friends? Would they ever stop whining about the cold?