I recently read the book Deep Work by Carl Newport. In a short sentence, the book is anti-multitasking. More specifically, the book discusses the importance of focusing and concentrating in order to work deeply one topic and do it well.
I like the book, probably because it meets my preconceived notions about how to be effective. However, the book did provide new ideas for me so I decided to implement some of the book’s suggestions at work. Specifically, I scheduled my time and focused on one project at a time. By doing this, I got a great deal done. I suspect this was for 3 reasons:
- First, I was being intentional about being productive;
- Second, I created mini-deadlines, which made me more productive; and
- Third, I avoided multi-tasking.
I plan on adding this book to re-read every couple of years shelf and I highly recommend the book. I’ve also become aware of Carl’s blog because of the book and recommend that as well (Carl run a life hacks blog on working more efficiently). I particularly like his workflow re-engineering post. Maybe I’ll post an update of that works for me in a future post.