Here are three perspectives that promote the idea of focused work.
- Neuroscientific perspective tells us that our brains physically transform with more concentration. Opt for intense concentration and choose targets with care. Some reading below.
- Carstensen, L. (2005) ‘At the Intersection of Emotion and Cognition: Aging and the Positivity Effect’, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14.3: 117-121.
- Csikzentmihalyi, M. (1990), Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, New York: Harper & Row Publishers, pp.71.
- Fredrickson, B. (2009), Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive, New York: Crown Archetype.
- Gallagher, W. (2009), Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, New York: Penguin, pp.3.
- Psychological studies show us the benefits of focused, uninterrupted concentration. These areas have been identified to have the best moments and where jobs are more enjoyable. Some light reading below.
- Csikzentmihalyi, M. (1983), ‘The Experience Sampling Method’, New Directions for Methodology of Social & Behavioral Science.
- Csikzentmihalyi, M., Flow, pp.3, 162, 157.
- A philosophical perspective explains that depth in work and other areas of life makes for a more meaningful life. Some more light reading below.
- Dreyfus, H. and Kelly, S.D. (2011) All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, New York: Free Press, pp.xi.
P.S. Deep Work author Cal Newport is a professor of computer science. He writes about deep work, digital minimalism, and attention capital theory. On top of his professorial duties.
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