Deep Work Summary and Review

15 Impactful Deep Work Quotes To Get You Inspired

Cal Newport’s fascinating Deep Work book offers a lot of phenomenal advice (check out this animated summary) that is worth not only implementing, but putting up on the wall of your home or office.

Here are my favorite Deep Work quotes:

  1. “If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.”
  2. “Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.”

  3. “To remain valuable in our economy, therefore, you must master the art of quickly learning complicated things. This task requires deep work. If you don’t cultivate this ability, you are likely to fall behind as technology advances.”
  4. An interruption, even if short, delays the total time required to complete a task by a significant fraction.”

  5. “Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love – is the sum of what you focus on.”
  6. “Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy:
    1. The ability to quickly master hard things.
    2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.”

  7. “What we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore – plays in defining the quality of our life.”
  8. “To learn requires intense concentration.”

  9. “To simply wait and be bored has become a novel experience in modern life, but from the perspective of concentration training, it’s incredibly valuable.”
  10. “In the absence of clear indicators of what it means to be productive and valuable in their jobs, many knowledge workers turn back toward the industrial indicator of productivity: doing lots of stuff in a visible manner.”

  11. “If you keep interrupting your evening to check and respond to e-mail, or put aside a few hours after dinner to catch up on an approaching deadline, you’re robbing your directed attention centers of the uninterrupted rest they need for restoration. Even if these work dashes consume only a small amount of time, they prevent you from reaching the levels of deeper relaxation in which attention restoration can occur.”
  12. “Efforts to deepen your focus will struggle if you don’t simultaneously wean your mind from a dependence on distraction.”

  13. “We tend to place a lot of emphasis on our circumstances, assuming that what happens to us (or fails to happen) determines how we feel. From this perspective, the small-scale details of how you spend your day aren’t that important, because what matters are the large-scale outcomes, such as whether or not you get a promotion or move to that nicer apartment.”
  14. “If you service low-impact activities, therefore, you’re taking away time you could be spending on higher-impact activities. It’s a zero-sum game.”

  15. “To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction. Put another way, the type of work that optimizes your performance is deep work.”

Of course, I can keep going with a lot more Deep Work quotes as Cal Newport’s book is really phenomenal. But. the goal here is not to recite the entire book, but provide you with some of his best and most impactful quotes.

Your Turn Now

Reading these quotes might get you inspired, but that will get you nowhere unless you take some action. Get off the internet and go get some Deep Work done 🙂

Question: what is YOUR favorite Deep work quote? Share in the comment section below:

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