Deep Work: The rarest resource of all

Buzz! Ting! Clank! is all we hear

Have you ever been engrossed in work and suddenly your phone beeps. That one beep costs you hours of work and you have even forgotten what were you doing.

With the rise of social media platforms, there has been a constant urge to being updated. The Insta stories tease us to glimpse into our friend’s life. Cal Newton talks about Deep Work as a rule for focused success in a distracted world. We live in a data-driven world and information is now accessible at our fingertips. In this new world while most of the jobs are becoming obsolete there has been the rise of individuals who are referred to as knowledge workers.

Knowledge workers are workers whose main capital is knowledge. Examples include programmers, physicians, pharmacists, architects, engineers, scientists, design thinkers, public accountants, lawyers, and academics, and any other white-collar workers, whose line of work requires one to “think for a living”.-Wikipedia

So we all are knowledge workers then how do you find the first among equals. According to Cal Newport, the rockstars of their profession have two core abilities.

  1. The ability to quickly master hard things.
  2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.

Pretty basic right! However, there are layers of complexity involved in its simplicity. How do you quickly master hard things?

Deliberate practice along with undivided focus. Deliberatepractice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberatepractise requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.

It has increasingly become important to develop deep work as the world becomes more connected. You are not only competing with your peers but also people sitting in different corners of the world. The quality of work provided by deep work cannot be substituted by quantity. You will either thrive in this economy or perish.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan