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Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

How strongly I recommend this book: 7 / 10

Date read: March 15, 2024


The three principles that Cal outlines in this book are: 1) Do fewer things, 2) Work at a natural pace (Don’t rush your most important work) and 3) Obsess over quality.

The modern knowledge work role has fallen victim to the ‘visible activity’ productivity principles of the Industrial Revolution. Instead, Cal points out that the knowledge-work experts in the past have actually developed meaningful work over long periods of time while maintaing focus on these projects over the years. Ideas that most resonated with me was around working ‘seasonally’ and how obsession over quality leads to more meaningful career results. See the notes below for more details:

Favorite Quotes and Chapter Notes

I went through my notes and captured key quotes from all chapters below.

P.S. – Highly recommend Readwise if you want to get the most out of your reading.


Part 1: Foundations

Part 2: Principles


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