Deep Work

Deep Work

The Economist called deep work “the killer app of the knowledge economy.” This course is meant to help you download this app into your own career — whether you are a student about to graduate, or a young alumni hoping to build a good professional foundation.

Program Details

This interactive online seminar will introduce you to the concept of “deep work” and guide you through the process of developing your own plan to accomplish deep work.

October 16, 23, 30, and November 6
6:30 to 7:30 PM
Online

Why Take This Course?

This course focuses on deep work — the activity of concentrating without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. Its goal is to motivate the importance of this skill in an increasingly complex economy and then walk through the best practices for integrating the skill successfully into your professional life. The Economist called deep work “the killer app of the knowledge economy.” This course is meant to help you download this app into your own career — whether you are a student about to graduate, or a young alumni hoping to build a good professional foundation

In this course, you will learn best practices for improving your ability to perform deep work and succeeding in making deep work a regular part of your professional schedule. You will develop a plan to help you prioritize doing deep work.

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.

In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.

His most recent book, Deep Work (Grand Central, 2016), argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive. On publication, Deep Work became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller, and received praise in the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Guardian.

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