Why we need to know about deep work and attention residue

concentration Oct 10, 2016

Have you heard of “deep work or attention residue”?  I recently had a discussion with a first year medical student about study habits, excelling in academics and high achievement.  He told me that he has difficulty staying focused while studying (he studies with his laptop open and frequently check emails!)  He is obviously a smart young man to have been accepted into medical school, but he has asked me several times to give him some study tips so he can learn more, and learn faster.  His goal is to be at the top of his class. 

A couple of days after our talk, I came across a book review for Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work).  Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University in the United States. He earned his Ph.D. from MIT. 

Newport argues that in nearly every profession, better productivity and more satisfaction can be...

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