Focus is the IQ of the Knowledge Economy

Uncategorized Aug 16, 2018

Cal Newport—4 Steps to Develop Deep Focus

One of the most powerful, interviews at * LifeHack Summit 2017 earlier this week was Cal Newport, a Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Although I wanted to disregard him as a Millennial (yes, reversed-age bias is a thing,) he’s just too smart.

Intensity can be traded for time.

What is Deep Work?

Deep work is doing a cognitively demanding task on which one can focus intensely, for a long period of time, with zero distractions.

Earning Tenure is a Crucible for Deep Work

Cal described earning a tenured professorship at Georgetown as “intellectual combat,” that forced him to create the Deep Work productivity framework. The academic battle sounds like the Hunger Games, but instead of life or death, it was professorship, or PhD purgatory…a job at Facebook I suppose?

Professorial candidates had to create and publish massively important, original work, to be judged...

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Essentialism — Lifestyle Design from the 100-Year Narrative

Uncategorized Aug 16, 2018
I just listened to Carey Gjokaj interview Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I’d planned to listen to this interview, and all others in the LH Summit at 2x the speed—thinking I would hear a few interesting new things, I read the book after all. As I found myself rewinding the video multiple times, then slowing it down to .5x speed, I knew my productivity “hack” wasn’t working.


In the end, it was time well spent because Greg was inspirational, Carey was insightful and for me, adopting Essentialism principals is, well…essential. I’ve listed a few takeaways below.

Living Essentialism is Hard.

Essentialism sounds easy, but it’s really hard to execute. The way of the essentialist, is to explore what is essential to you, eliminate the things that aren’t, and design a lifestyle around your...

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