Author: Cal Newport
Tone: Clear, approachable, academic
Take Away: Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University, explains how dedicated periods of concentration and focus are necessary to elevate your mental performance.
How I discovered this title: Recommended reading through Simplify Days.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Not only does he suggest techniques to avoid digital (and other) distractions, but also includes tips for creating an effective deep work schedule.
Decades of work from multiple different subfields within psychology all point toward the conclusion that regularly resting your brain improves the quality of your deep work. When you work, work hard. When you’re done, be done. Your average e-mail response time might suffer some, but you’ll more than make up for this with the sheer volume of truly important work produced during the day by your refreshed ability to dive deeper than your exhausted peers.Cal Newport