Deep work



Training ourselves in the practice of deep work will have a lasting impact, enabling us to do the work God calls us to at the best possible level.

I recently finished Deep Work by Cal Newport, and believe the concept has significant value for all entrepreneurs and intrapraneurs who want to do their best work possible.

Deep work is essentially work that requires significant sustained effort and focus to do well. This could be designing a building or a website, writing a book or a business proposal.

The thesis of the book is that deep work is more necessary than ever today, yet our current culture in work and life (from open offices to instant connectivity) hinders our efforts. Therefore if you can develop this skill, you’ll standout.

Not only is this a valuable skill to have and to hone, but as Christians it is doubly important, as we are clearly called to work hard and work diligently, as for the Lord and not for man.

I wanted to share three key insights from this book that I hope can encourage and motivate you, as they did for me.

  1. Deep work isn’t easy. It takes practice, and smart scheduling, to be able to dedicate ourselves to the hard work we need to do, rather than the busy work that can easily consume our time.
  2. Deep work requires dedicated focus. Instant messages and endless emails can keep us from achieving this, so we must think wisely about how we use our communication tools.
  3. Deep work looks different for us all. We don’t need to adopt a unified schedule or plan, but experiment until we find a sustainable rhythm for our current season of life.

As you begin to think about 2018, I hope you can set aside the time to do the deep work that will make an impact for God’s kingdom.

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

~ Sean

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