Why Is It so Hard to Work at Work?

3 min

Deep work is a term coined by Georgetown professor, Cal Newport, referring to a time devoted to a cognitively demanding task.

Making a strategic plan for your team, reading and taking notes on an industry paper, or writing a complicated piece of code are all examples of deep work.

So how do you find the time and space to do deep work during your normal work day?

You have to find and guard blocks of time to work in, and make sure little things like email notifications and interruptions don't distract you.


Really think about an average day. How much time do you spend on truly deep work? And how much of your day do you spend distracted by other things, like meetings or email?

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