I’m done with the book and posted my review here: https://mbrochh.io/deep-work/
It’s a flawed book, but I fully agree with the general premise:
- Distractions will get worse, most people in the next two decades will basically grow up with damaged brains
- If you want to perform at elite level, you MUST shield yourself from all that bullshit, you must protect your brain
- Thanks to peer pressure and the fact that seemingly all of society embraces these distractions, you need some kind of personal philosophy to stick to your own path
- With the lack of religion and patriotism in our modern lives, craftsmanship will become the driving force that gives us meaning (I also subscribe to the philosophy of Stoicism, so I naturally agree with this notion)
When no one else around you has such a philosophy, you will feel like some weirdo–and as we have learned from Atomic Habits, if you have no support group, getting new good habits is much much harder.
A book like this, even if it is a flawed book, helps to be my “support group” and for that alone I’m grateful that I got to read this. I’m already implementing this in my work and life habits and am advocating it to the other developers on my team.
- We are already taking long walks through parks after lunch. We are still trying to find good routes. Once we have that, I will pitch the idea to learn a deck of cards while walking or to productively meditate on a deep topic while we walk.
- we now have made it a policy to plan every minute of our days as the first thing in the morning. We write each item into a checklist on Trello, including time estimations
- we document all distractions and struggles that pop up and add them as additional items to our initial day-plan.
- at the end of the day we re-view how much of our plan we got done, what distractions and struggles hit us and write it down as a comment in the Trello card as a little “diary” entry
I’m reading his new book “Digital Minimalism” now, it’s basically a sequel to “Deep Work”. Both books are short, I can recommend to just read both back to back. So far, that one seems to be equally flawed, though. I think Newport is a bit of a hack…