A manual to make yourself a more valuable worker

Self-improvement; Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World; By Cal Newport; Piatkus, €20

21st February, 2016
Bill Gates: retreated to a lakeside cabin Picture: Getty

If this scenario sounds depressingly familiar, then Cal Newport’s book is very much aimed at you. His central thesis that the internet is destroying our powers of concentration may not be particularly original. He does, however, offer some intriguing possibilities for people who want to enjoy modern technology without becoming unproductive zombies in the process.

Newport defines deep work as “professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Appetite For Distraction: this week’s home entertainment picks

TV review: Moody Northern thriller reawakens a troubled past

Radio review: National broadcaster shines when it puts children at centre

TV Review: Psychological thriller lurches into realms of the ludicrous