Great Work is done in a great variety of ways. Finding and refining your personal set of techniques of work and time management is getting more and more imperative, as new tools, tasks - and distraction are changing the workplace.
Cal Newport’s Deep Work is one among several new books to emphasize the importance of retreating from the constant buzz - into zones of quiet, highly focused, uninterrupted work.
The book holds that most knowledge workers are caught up in Shallow Work, tasks that almost anyone, with a minimum of training, could accomplish. And in practice most of us are turning into knowledge workers in some way or other. Deep Work, on the other hand is defined as "cognitively demanding activities that leverage our training to generate rare and valuable results, and that push our abilities to continually improve.»
What may sound as a pretty intuitive, unsurprising insight is expanded, using a good amount of research - into a major case for designing your workday, with utmost care. It also offers some great advice to achieve to do just that.