I'm currently reading Cal Newport's “Deep Work”, and I've found myself highlighting many sections. I've not been so much of a highlighter when I've read books in the past (I'm reading it on my e-reader), but I tend to do so when something resonates, I think it is important, or that I really want it to sink in. Cal is an associate professor of computer science and realised, early in his professional life whilst at university, how important deep work was on his output. Much of his work life is centred around writing papers and books. Before publishing Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (to give its full title), he started a blog in 2007 called Study Hacks, in which he writes about "how to perform productive, valuable and meaningful work in an increasingly distracted digital age". Whilst drawing upon a range of real-life examples, research, and Cal's own experiences, he provides a very compelling case to to support the central foundation for the book, what he refers to as The Deep Work Hypothesis: "The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive." I would say that Deep Work is essential reading for everyone, whether you are a student or someone in their eighties, and especially if you call yourself a writer or a creator of any kind - or if you are aspiring towards that. As someone who is centring my life around writing and creative output, I wouldn't be surprised if I continue to re-visit this book. Come to think of it, getting a physical copy might be a wise investment.
— Jas Hothi is a writing coach, blogger & author of The Indie Author. READ HIS BLOG or SIGN UP FOR HIS NEWSLETTER to receive a free copy of his book, The Indie Author.