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How To Encourage Deep Work In A Distracted Office

What Is Deep Work?Cal Newport, a computer scientist at Georgetown University, first coined the term in his book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. According to Newport, deep work is a set of “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.:.By executing deep work, you can”create new value [and] improve your skill. Workplace leaders have the power to create an office that either cultivates a deep work ethic or hinders it. This might mean adopting a hybrid workplace strategy that allows employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which can enable more deep work. Flex time allows employees to work with their managers to create a work schedule to accommodate their lives, allowing for things like picking up children from daycare or attending college classes. Deep Work Is A Philosophy, Not an InitiativeWhile the overall goal of deep work is the same for every employee - ”produc[ing] at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed” - the way members of the workforce achieve that goal will rarely be the same across the board. If your workplace can find ways to encourage more deep work, you’ll have a clear competitive advantage in this distracted world.

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