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Cultivate a Deep Work Ethic: How Working Deep Can Make You More Productive, More Focused and Happier

Cultivate a Deep Work Ethic: How Working Deep Can Make You More Productive, More Focused and Happier Today we talk about the way that going deep is the lasting path to happiness, addressing Lea’s four cornerstones of happiness for a better life. Honing in on “deep work,” we explore how to bring depth into work to make it more fulfilling, and then issue today’s happiness challenge: to work deep, without my cell phone?!

Key Takeaways

  • Every strategy that moves you closer to happiness shares a critical element: depth! Deep living is good living, and it will make you happier and healthier in the process.

  • Lea’s 4 cornerstones of happiness include the most well supported strategies to get happier, 1) purpose (deep meaning), 2) connection (deep relationships), 3) presence (mindfully sinking deeply into the moment), and 4) gratitude (deep appreciation). Getting deep is the key to happiness!

  • Yet our culture has a bias toward the trivial, shallow, and scattered over the meaningful, deep, and focused. Cal Newport has created the term “deep work” as a way to explore how to work in ways that allow people to perform better, enjoy work more, and to be happier and more productive.

  • Deep work allows more focus and to move away from a constant state of distraction.

Today’s Challenge

Cultivate a Deep Work Ethic

1 block out at least 90 minutes and put it on your schedule as deep work.

1. Sit down with a project and focus on it without interruption: minimize distractions…no email and no cell phone!

2. Go deep with focused intention for your 90 minutes for the best concentration, focus, and productivity, and even creativity!


Cal Newport, "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World"

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