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É uma habilidade que lhe permite dominar rapidamente informações complicadas e produzir melhores resultados em menos tempo.
O trabalho focado irá torná-lo melhor no que você faz e fornecer a sensação de realização verdadeira, como acontece no artesanato, por exemplo.
Em suma, é como um super poder na economia cada vez mais competitiva do século XXI.
E, ainda assim, a maioria das pessoas perdeu a habilidade de se aprofundar em algo — gastando seus dias em um borrão frenético de e-mails e redes sociais, sem perceber que existe uma maneira melhor.
Em Trabalho Focado, o autor e professor Cal Newport discorre sobre o impacto da era digital.
Em vez de argumentar que a distração é ruim, ele celebra o poder do seu oposto.
Dividindo este livro em duas partes, ele primeiro argumenta que em quase todas as profissões, cultivar uma profunda ética de trabalho produz benefícios enormes.
E então apresenta um rigoroso regime de treinamento, composto de uma série de quatro "regras", que leva sua mente e hábitos a apoiar essa habilidade.
Uma combinação de críticas culturais e conselhos, Trabalho Focado leva o leitor a uma jornada através de histórias memoráveis — de Carl Jung construindo uma torre de pedra na floresta para concentrar sua mente, até um pioneiro em mídia social comprando um bilhete de ida e volta para escrever um livro sem se distrair — e de afirmações pragmáticas e nada frívolas, como a de que os profissionais mais conscienciosos devem abandonar as mídias sociais e que você deveria se acostumar ao tédio.
Trabalho Focado é um guia indispensável para quem procura alcançar sucesso em um mundo repleto de distrações.
"Cal Newport é uma voz clara em um mar de ruídos, traz ciência e paixão na mesma medida. Não precisamos de mais cliques, mais gatos e mais emojis.
Precisamos trabalhar, que acontece quando nos recusamos a desviar o olhar."
— Seth Godin, autor best-seller e guru de marketing
"À medida que a automação e a terceirização remodelam o local de trabalho, qual é a nova habilidade de que precisamos? A capacidade de fazer um trabalho focado.
O empolgante livro de Cal Newport irá guiá-lo ao tipo de concentração intensa em um ambiente livre de distração que resulta em aprendizagem e desempenho rápidos e poderosos. Pense nisso como calistenia para sua mente — e comece seu programa de exercícios hoje."
— Daniel H. Pink, autor de best-sellers sobre negócios, trabalho e comportamento
Neste livro oportuno e esclarecedor, o autor do best-seller Trabalho Focado apresenta uma filosofia para o uso de tecnologia que já melhorou inúmeras vidas.
Minimalistas digitais estão ao nosso redor. São pessoas tranquilas e felizes, que estendem longas conversas sem olhares furtivos para seus smartphones. Eles se perdem em um bom livro, em um projeto de carpintaria ou em uma corrida matinal sem pressa. Divertem-se com amigos e familiares sem o desejo obsessivo de documentar a experiência. Eles se informam sobre as notícias do dia, mas não se sentem oprimidos por elas. Não experimentam um "medo de perder alguma coisa", porque já sabem quais atividades concedem significado a suas vidas e lhes satisfazem.
Agora, Newport nomeia esse movimento silencioso e traz um argumento persuasivo para sua urgência em nosso mundo saturado de tecnologia. Dicas advindas do senso comum, como desativar as notificações, ou rituais esporádicos, como tirar férias do universo digital, não são suficientes para nos ajudar a retomar o controle de nossas vidas no que tange às tecnologias; e as tentativas de se afastar completamente são complicadas por cobranças de familiares, amigos e do trabalho. Diferentemente, precisamos de um método ponderado para decidir quais ferramentas usar, com quais objetivos e sob quais condições.
Com base em uma variedade diversificada de exemplos da vida real, de agricultores amish a pais aflitos e programadores do Vale do Silício, Newport identifica as práticas comuns de minimalistas digitais e as ideias que as respaldam. Ele mostra como os minimalistas digitais têm repensado sua relação com as mídias sociais, redescobrindo os prazeres do mundo offline e se reconectando a sua essência através de períodos regulares de solidão. Por fim, ele compartilha estratégias para integrar essas práticas em sua vida, iniciando com um processo de "faxina digital" de 30 dias que já ajudou milhares de pessoas a se sentirem menos sobrecarregadas e com maior controle de suas vidas.
A tecnologia não é inerentemente boa nem ruim. O segredo é usá-la para viabilizar seus objetivos e valores, em vez de deixá-la usar você. Este livro o ensina a fazer isso.
Cal Newport's clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path.
Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD. from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers.
The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied: "Be so good they can't ignore you" and that's the main basis for Newport's book. Skill and ability trump passion.
Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is thsi advice Pollyannish, but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice.
From there, Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one's career success is to find out what you do well, where you have built up your 'career capital,' and then to put all of your efforts into that direction.
"Newport is making a bid to be the Marie Kondo of technology: someone with an actual plan for helping you realize the digital pursuits that do, and don't, bring value to your life."--Ezra Klein, Vox
Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.
In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.
Digital minimalists are all around us. They're the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don't feel overwhelmed by it. They don't experience "fear of missing out" because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.
Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement, and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don't go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.
Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day "digital declutter" process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.
Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep Work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.
In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
1. Work Deeply
2. Embrace Boredom
3. Quit Social Media
4. Drain the Shallows
A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories-from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air-and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.
An Amazon Best Book of 2016 Pick in Business & Leadership
Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller
A Business Book of the Week at 800-CEO-READ
Most college students believe that straight A’s can be achieved only through cramming and painful all-nighters at the library. But Cal Newport knows that real straight-A students don’t study harder—they study smarter. A breakthrough approach to acing academic assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers, How to Become a Straight-A Student reveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a simple, practical system that anyone can master.
You will learn how to:
• Streamline and maximize your study time
• Conquer procrastination
• Absorb the material quickly and effectively
• Know which reading assignments are critical—and which are not
• Target the paper topics that wow professors
• Provide A+ answers on exams
• Write stellar prose without the agony
A strategic blueprint for success that promises more free time, more fun, and top-tier results, How to Become a Straight-A Student is the only study guide written by students for students—with the insider knowledge and real-world methods to help you master the college system and rise to the top of the class.
From New York Times bestselling author Cal Newport comes a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox--and unleashing a new era of productivity.
Modern knowledge workers communicate constantly. Their days are defined by a relentless barrage of incoming messages and back-and-forth digital conversations--a state of constant, anxious chatter in which nobody can disconnect, and so nobody has the cognitive bandwidth to perform substantive work. There was a time when tools like email felt cutting edge, but a thorough review of current evidence reveals that the "hyperactive hive mind" workflow they helped create has become a productivity disaster, reducing profitability and perhaps even slowing overall economic growth. Equally worrisome, it makes us miserable. Humans are simply not wired for constant digital communication.
We have become so used to an inbox-driven workday that it's hard to imagine alternatives. But they do exist. Drawing on years of investigative reporting, author and computer science professor Cal Newport makes the case that our current approach to work is broken, then lays out a series of principles and concrete instructions for fixing it. In A World without Email, he argues for a workplace in which clear processes--not haphazard messaging--define how tasks are identified, assigned and reviewed. Each person works on fewer things (but does them better), and aggressive investment in support reduces the ever-increasing burden of administrative tasks. Above all else, important communication is streamlined, and inboxes and chat channels are no longer central to how work unfolds.
The knowledge sector's evolution beyond the hyperactive hive mind is inevitable. The question is not whether a world without email is coming (it is), but whether you'll be ahead of this trend. If you're a CEO seeking a competitive edge, an entrepreneur convinced your productivity could be higher, or an employee exhausted by your inbox, A World Without Email will convince you that the time has come for bold changes, and will walk you through exactly how to make them happen.
“Highly recommended because it is full of practical tips that will help high school grads take the next step in life.”—Money
How can you graduate with honors, choose exciting activities, build a head-turning resume, gain access to the best post-college opportunities, and still have a life? Based on interviews with star students at universities nationwide, from Harvard to the University of Arizona, How to Win at College presents seventy-five simple rules that will rocket you to the top of your class. These often surprising strategies include:
• Don’t do all your reading
• Drop classes every term
• Become a club president
• Care about your grades, Ignore your GPA
• Never pull an all-nighter
• Take three days to write a paper
• Always be working on a “grand project”
• Do one thing better than anyone else you know
Proving you can be successful and still have time for fun, How to Win at College is the must-have guide for making the most of these four important years—and getting and edge on life after graduation.
“This deliberately provocative book is a good way for a smart student to see how out-of-the-box thinking can lead to success in college.”—Seattle Times
What if getting into your reach schools didn’t require four years of excessive A.P. classes, overwhelming activity schedules, and constant stress?
In How to Be a High School Superstar, Cal Newport explores the world of relaxed superstars—students who scored spots at the nation’s top colleges by leading uncluttered, low stress, and authentic lives. Drawing from extensive interviews and cutting-edge science, Newport explains the surprising truths behind these superstars’ mixture of happiness and admissions success, including:
· Why doing less is the foundation for becoming more impressive.
· Why demonstrating passion is meaningless, but being interesting is crucial.
· Why accomplishments that are hard to explain are better than accomplishments that are hard to do.
These insights are accompanied by step-by-step instructions to help any student adopt the relaxed superstar lifestyle—proving that getting into college doesn’t have to be a chore to survive, but instead can be the reward for living a genuinely interesting life.
Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online.
Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content.
The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary.
Digital Minimalism, a Level 7 Reader, is B2 in the CEFR framework. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, introducing future perfect simple, mixed conditionals, past perfect continuous, mixed conditionals, more complex passive forms and modals for deduction in the past.
Cal Newport is a professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University in the USA. He has written a number of books on computers and technology.
This book is useful for anyone who is worried about the amount of time they are spending online and shows them how to use less technology in their life.
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Bestsellerautor Cal Newport plädiert für einen bewussteren Umgang mit Kommunikationskanälen und für Arbeitsplätze, an denen Menschen arbeiten können, ohne ständig Nachrichten senden oder empfangen zu müssen – nichts weniger als eine Revolution der Arbeitswelt! Er ist überzeugt, dass der Trend hin zu einer Welt mit weniger E-Mails geht – mit positiven Auswirkungen für uns, unsere Produktivität und unser Wohlbefinden.