The past three months have taught me a lot about focus and concentration. Thanks to Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport, I am a better student, reader, and writer. I have opened my eyes to what it is like to fully concentrate on reading and writing, without thinking or being distracted by my phone/ social media/ or the Internet. After reading this book, I spend less time on social media and more time on the things that I love to do, mostly reading. Instead of wasting hours of my day scrolling through mindless articles, photos, and videos, I have spent those hours reading powerful, meaningful, and valuable stories.
You can also get time and meaning back in your life. If you find yourself always struggling to meet deadlines, manage your time, or stay focused, then deep work might be for you. Below is my white paper on the subject and how you can incorporate it into your workday. This paper is all about deep work, and it showcases what it is, how it works, and how you can do it too. It is full of the history of smartphone-related distractions and how they can affect us mentally and physically. Reading this paper is an excellent opportunity for you to look at your workday, distractions, and smartphone differently. Even if you don’t use the concept of deep work, you can still pull ideas from it and use those strategies to make you more productive and focused.