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10 Insights to Increase Attention & Productivity — with Cal Newport

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Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

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10 Insights to Increase Attention & Productivity — with Cal Newport

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  2. 2. This presentation consists of highlights from the interview with Moe Abdou, founder & host of 33voices®.
  3. 3. Cal Newport is a writer and a professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of five books and runs the popular advice blog, Study Hacks, which attempts to decode “patterns of success” in both school and the working world. Cal NewportAssistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University.
  4. 4. Deep work — the ability to work without distractions — is the ‘killer app’ of the knowledge economy. Cultivate it by: Insight #1
  5. 5. Deep work — the ability to work without distractions — is the ‘killer app’ of the knowledge economy. Cultivate it by: Being intentional about regularly scheduling and protecting your Deep Work hours Insight #1
  6. 6. Deep work — the ability to work without distractions — is the ‘killer app’ of the knowledge economy. Cultivate it by: Embracing boredom by scheduling deliberate time for distraction Insight #1
  7. 7. Deep work — the ability to work without distractions — is the ‘killer app’ of the knowledge economy. Cultivate it by: Quitting social media if you want to take your attention seriously Insight #1
  8. 8. Deep work — the ability to work without distractions — is the ‘killer app’ of the knowledge economy. Cultivate it by: Be ruthless about eliminating shallow tasks and activities Insight #1
  9. 9. Insight #2 Multi-tasking is counterproductive due to the residue of attention; here’s why: As you switch from task to task, your attention doesn’t immediately follow; instead, it remains stuck thinking about the original task for as much as 10 minutes.
  10. 10. Insight #3 Next time you’re stuck solving a difficult problem, try taking a walk in a reflective place because as Nietzsche reminds us, ‘All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.’
  11. 11. Insight #4 Those most likely to get ahead in the 21st century will have: The ability to quickly master hard things, and the ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of quality and speed
  12. 12. Insight #5 Despite its advantages, Deep Work is not well suited for every position, particularly at the C-suite level where often the core activity is high level decision making. The great ones appoint three smart subordinates to think deeply about problems before they bring their solutions to the executive for a final decision.
  13. 13. Insight #6 To be great at something is to be well myelinated, because only by focusing intensely on a specific skill, will you be able to ignite your brain circuits to fire, again and again, in isolation.
  14. 14. Insight #7 Focus is a skill, and if you’re serious about improving your concentration, try these:
  15. 15. Insight #7 Focus is a skill, and if you’re serious about improving your concentration, try these: To rid your mind from stimuli, schedule distraction time
  16. 16. Insight #7 Focus is a skill, and if you’re serious about improving your concentration, try these: Productive mediation — • Identify a professional problem • Go for a walk, and try to hold that problem in your head • When you notice your attention shifting, get back to the problem
  17. 17. Insight #8 Want to boost your productivity? Challenge yourself to have a Teddy Roosevelt day:
  18. 18. Insight #8 Want to boost your productivity? Challenge yourself to have a Teddy Roosevelt day: Identify the most important task you’re currently working on
  19. 19. Insight #8 Want to boost your productivity? Challenge yourself to have a Teddy Roosevelt day: Ask yourself how much time you would normally need to complete it
  20. 20. Insight #8 Want to boost your productivity? Challenge yourself to have a Teddy Roosevelt day: Subtract 20% from it & commit to getting it done
  21. 21. Insight #9 A deep life is a good life!
  22. 22. Insight #10 Don’t be fooled by passion, for it’s not a magi- cal trait that you’re born with. Rather, it’s some- thing that’s cultivated over time. Passion should follow you in your quest to important things well.
  23. 23. Reflect What does the next level look like for you? tweet us!
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