Reclaiming Your Focus and Avoiding Burnout
Today’s world is full of distractions and interruptions. The resulting lack of focus can lead to dissatisfaction, poor job performance, and burnout. These problems are even more acute as the pandemic forces us into new working patterns. What’s needed is a practice of deep work in the face of constant meetings, Slack, emails, social media, and other disruptions. In this closing keynote, “Deep Work” author Cal Newport shares actionable advice on how to:
- Achieve heightened focus in our distracting world
- Become better at what you do
- Feel more fulfillment from your work
- Avoid burnout
Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, specializing in the theory of distributed algorithms. He earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009.
Newport is also the author of Deep Work (2016). In the book, he argues that the ability to focus without distraction is a superpower in the multi-tasking, internet-obsessed 21st century economy. In his newest book, A World Without Email (March 2021), Cal proposes a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox — and unleashing a new era of productivity.
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