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
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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...

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