Deep Work Book Summary – Rules for Focused Success 

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Let’s say, you’re running three or four businesses at the same time, and you’re the only one who takes all the decisions.

Now, let’s say, you’re only running one business where you’re giving your 100% rather than dividing your attention to multiple businesses.

So tell me, which one will give you a better understanding of business, less stress, better sleep, and more time to do more things?

Cal Newport talks about how these days people are more focusing on multi-tasking rather than focusing on one task, doing one task at one time requires focus, and these days, people lack that focus.


“If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.” – Cal Newport

“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.” – Cal Newport

“Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love—is the sum of what you focus on.” – Cal Newport

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Deep Work Book Summary

The book has divided into two parts, The Idea, and The Rules.

  • PART 1: The Idea
    • Chapter 1: Deep Work is Valuable
    • Chapter 2: Deep Work is Rare
    • Chapter 3: Deep Work is Meaningful
  • PART 2: The Rules
    • Chapter 1: Work Deeply
    • Chapter 2: Embrace Boredom
    • Chapter 3: Quite Social Media
    • Chapter 3: Drain the Shallows

Deep work is one of those books that will teach you how you can get the most out of 24 hours. So if you’re one of those people, who struggles to focus on your work or even while studying then the Cal Newport author of this book will help you a lot.

Let me share with you what I have learned from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people book, now Cal Newport also talks about the same thing but in a different way.

Important task: These could be those task which doesn’t need your attention but they are important, again, you don’t have to do them right away. 

For example, you have to go to the supermarket because you have a list of items which you have to buy for your home, this is important because you need those items but it’s not very important, so you can do it on letter day.

Urgent Task: These are those tasks that require your attention right away. 

For example, You need to finish the project which your boss has given, you have a meeting which is very important for your business, or something else that is needed to do right away.

Nor Urgent or Important Task: These are those tasks that are not important or urgent but you like doing them.

For example, you want to watch movies, and TV shows, go to parties, spend time with your friends, use social media, and many more. You don’t have to do all these things but you like doing them because it makes you happy.

What is Deep Work?

Deep Work is those kinds of tasks that are distraction-free, for example, Writing an Article without doing anything else, not using social media, or checking emails.

Shallow Work is those kinds of tasks that are done without 100% focus. Let’s say, you’re reading a book and one of your friends sends a video link and you start watching that video, after 10 minutes you realize, oh, I was reading a book. You got distracted by someone even after knowing that watching a video is not as important as reading a book.

Earlier I was part of the Shallow Work community till I read The 7 habit of Highly Effective people book, I have learned lots of things about work management and how I can do more in 24 hours.

Now, I only focus on one task at one time, when I’m writing an article, I only write, I don’t see my smartphone or open YouTube in the side window or anything else, one task at one time.

It’s not like I don’t use my social media or YouTube, I do but not while working on impotent tasks.

Where you’ll work and for how long.

Your ritual needs to specify a location for your deep work efforts.

This location can be as simple as your normal office with the door shut and desk cleaned off. If it’s possible to identify a location used only for depth-for instance, a conference room or quiet library-the positive effect can be even greater.

Regardless of where you work, be sure to also give yourself a specific time frame to keep the session a discrete challenge and not an open-ended slog.

How you’ll work once you start to work.

Your ritual needs rules and processes to keep your efforts structured.

For example, you might institute a ban on any Internet use, or maintain a metric such as words produced per twenty-minute interval to keep your concentration honed.

Without this structure, you’ll have to mentally litigate again and again what you should and should not be doing during these sessions and keep trying to assess whether you’re working sufficiently hard. These are unnecessary drains on your willpower reserves.

How you’ll support your work.

Your ritual needs to ensure your brain gets the support it needs to keep operating at a high level of depth.

For example, the ritual might specify that start with a cup of good coffee, make sure you have access to enough food of the right type to maintain energy or integrate light exercise such as walking to help keep the mind clear.

Talking about myself, I start my work at 9:00 AM with a cup of coffee. By the way, I have one rule about coffee which is no Coffee after 12:00 PM no matter what happens.

Deep Work Book Review

First, let me talk about myself,

I didn’t learn lots of things from the book, it mainly talks about how one should focus on one thing and avoid multitasking.

Now, if you’re that person who hasn’t read any self-help books then you might find Deep Work by Cal Newport helpful otherwise, you can skip this book.

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