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