Deep Work?

If you say so:

The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy.

via Doist

I’ve given deep work a lot of thought and I’ve changed my position a handful of times (and I’ll probably continue to change my opinion over time).

So, a little bit contrary to popular opinion, I don’t actually think that deep work is becoming more rare. Instead, I think that technology has changed and so has our relationship with work because of technological innovation and the many revolutions.

Which means that the types of work that folks are choosing to pursue have changed based on the needs and demands of a changing economy(ies), industries, markets, and more.

So, if deep work is becoming more rare it’s a consequence of a multiplicity of factors. And, I don’t think this makes it necessarily more valuable but rather just more rare, insofar as it may not be as necessary for some types of work.

… I’m not sure if any of that makes any sense. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Now, I’m not a historian and I don’t know in great detail all of these meta-level technological changes, but, what I do know is that my profession hasn’t changed much: I’m still spending hours and hours in front of a screen writing software.

But, how my time is broken up is definitely different, and that’s because of the changing needs and the economy around software programming has grown and matured, streamlining a lot of what was a very manual process.

Am I doing more deep work now than I was 20 years ago? I don’t actually think so.

Anyways, if you need a “guide” to deep work, then, Doist has that for you too. But, perhaps we all just need to spend more time doing the few things that we can do really well and leaving the rest to other folks?

Or maybe we just just embrace it all and become generalists, which, I think is a good thing.

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