Deep Work: a Book Review

Entrepreneurs are masters of multi-tasking… or so we think. I have come to realize that I’m kidding myself. I’m not an effective multi-tasker, just a bit AD..squirrel! For those of us that need to get stuff done, Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport, discusses the research on our misbelief that we can successfully multi-task. It also offers some great insights on ways we can create more opportunities for the quality work that comes from getting into the zone. Deep WorkFrom creating a set time for your work that requires an uninterrupted, undistracted work, to taking time for moving meditation (letting your mind work on a specific problem while performing repetitive tasks such as walking the dog, biking to work, etc.), Deep work will help you start to change your daily routines so that you can achieve the quality work you are hoping for.

I have started to implement some of the techniques described in the book and it’s already helped me finish up a couple of projects that have been nagging at me. Definitely worth the read.

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Payoff; a Book Review

While I did a quick Facebook review on this book, I thought it deserved a more formal review. Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely is a great book for business owners and managers. In it, Ariely explores what truly motivates people’s actions, particularly when it comes to getting the commitment and loyalty from

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employees. It’s a quick easy read (just 128 pages) from TED Books. However, don’t judge a book by its number of pages. Payoff has just that, a big payoff in its insight into how various reward systems effect the productivity of others (hint: it’s not money). Along the motivation lines, another book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink, also delivers great research data on the science of motivation.

This book can help you create an enthusiastic, productive team that will stay with you as you grow your company.

*If you like the Dan Ariely title, you may also like Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. It’s also a fascinating read.