Deep Word #01: more than 60 percent of the workweek engaged in electronic communication …

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Title: Deep Word #01: more than 60 percent of the workweek engaged in electronic communication …

QUOTE: A 2012 McKinsey study found that the average knowledge worker now spends more than 60 percent of the workweek engaged in electronic communication and Internet searching, with close to 30 percent of a worker’s time dedicated to reading and answering e-mail alone. [1]

Note: [ under construction! ]

How much time do I spend in a typical week doing shallow work?
The hard part of answering this question is defining shallow work with regard to my profession, which is Ministry in a local church setting as the lead or senior pastor. the buck stops here with regard to Everything I Do.

so part of my work is very easy to accomplish, but yet it is very important. Great Value can come from a brief telephone call. So I can’t measure great work or valuable work by the time and effort that it requires. this is because so often in sight and revelation and Gestalt are important. One moment everything is confusing and the next everything is clarified and well-ordered.

it’s certainly true that deep work can be found with regard to anything that is part of the vital 20% Which I avoid or neglect for any reason. this most logically fits with the current definition of deep work has something we want to avoid while being distracted rather than drawn to it by our distractibility.

There is no question, however, based on the Pareto principle, that 80% of the effort put into any one activity is probably wasted and without benefit or profit. that is the basic Pareto principle!

What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems are addressed?
What questions do you have?
What solution or hope does it offer?

What does it say that we need to obey?
What would a camera see if this happened?
Who needs to hear this?
What are the actual steps that I would take?

SOURCE – Footnotes:

[1]  Cal Newport, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2016),


This post, and others in this series, are based on the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2016), and as a group are a review of the important ideas and of the entire book. I was also privileged to take the online course Life of Focus Standard Edition [CN040]taught by Cal Newport and Scott Young and presented through, which enhanced my understanding of the subject which I am now applying to my own profession, the work of the local church pastor.

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