How many people in this office are actually working? Credit: Jesús Corrius / Flickr Creative Commons
How much real work do you do each day? Not just checking email and putting out metaphorical fires in the office, but work that finds long-term solutions to major problems.says the type of focus needed for this kind of deep work is hard to achieve in today’s office. He tells us how we can change that.
- Think glancing at Facebook isn’t a big deal? Well, according to Newport, “even a quick check of an email inbox or a social media website or a cellphone can actually leave a residue for 10 to 20 minutes that significantly reduces your cognitive capacity.”
- Newport says that open offices aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. He believes that to do focused work, you need a place without distractions. If you’re sitting right across from someone, that’s probably not going to happen.
- It’s easy to think that you’re getting a lot done, when you actually aren’t. Newport points out that we often mistake responding to emails and attending meetings with actually getting meaningful work done.
- Cal Newport explains why .
- How busy are you really? Laura Vanderkam on why .
- And with another perspective on work, here’s .