Once you learn what deep work is, you can start putting your energy into deep work and do great work instead of just answering emails or dabbling in low-grade work activities. It is amazing to create something so good that nobody else can create it.
Learn the definition of deep work.
Deep work includes “professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill and are hard to replicate.”
Learn the definition of shallow work.
Shallow work includes a low level of focus and consists of logistical-style tasks that can be performed while distracted. These tasks don’t create new value and can easily be copied.
Learn the difference with an example.
For a college professor, learning new concepts and integrating them into his teaching methodology is deep work. But answering emails or recording student attendance is shallow work.