Finding Focus in a Distracting World

How cultivating your ability to concentrate without distraction will help you thrive.

My conversation with Cal Newport.

“I have a zero-tolerance policy for distraction.”

— Cal Newport

I host a weekly radio show on SiriusXM 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton, called Work and Life. We publish edited versions of my conversations as free podcasts. I invite you to listen to the episode (embedded below) that is my conversation with Cal Newport, a professor of computer science at Georgetown, about his 2016 book Deep Work.

Newport demonstrates that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive. In our conversation, Newport shares specific guidelines for what you can do to develop the capacity to do the all-important deep work that’s crucial for sustainable success. Two of the useful suggestions in this episode are to quit (or radically reduce) social media and embrace boredom.

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