I am currently reading, and enjoying, Cal Newport’s new book Deep Work. In it he discusses the benefits of focus in our work and the means of achieving this. He also makes much of the internet’s power to distract us from this focus.
But it is combining increased focus with effective use of our networks that will bring us success. As I said yesterday if it wasn’t for the internet I would never have heard of sceptics like Cal. It is our networked tools that allow us to learn more and share more of what we have learned.
If, as I believe, the threat of automation is looming over many knowledge work jobs, thinking harder and sharing better will become survival techniques.
Better start getting good at both now!