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Full Title of Book: A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload.
Short Title of Book: A World Without Email.
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Author: Cal Newport
Website URL: calnewport.com
Publisher: Portfolio (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Overview of the Book:
Modern knowledge workers communicate constantly. Their days are defined by a relentless barrage of incoming messages and back-and-forth digital conversations–a state of constant, anxious chatter in which nobody can disconnect, and so nobody has the cognitive bandwidth to perform substantive work. We have become so used to an inbox-driven workday that it’s hard to imagine alternatives. But they do exist.
Drawing on years of investigative reporting, author and computer science professor Cal Newport makes the case that our current approach to work is broken, then lays out a series of principles and concrete instructions for fixing it. In A World without Email, he argues for a workplace in which clear processes–not haphazard messaging–define how tasks are identified, assigned and reviewed. Each person works on fewer things (but does them better), and aggressive investment in support reduces the ever-increasing burden of administrative tasks. Above all else, important communication is streamlined, and inboxes and chat channels are no longer central to how work unfolds.
A World Without Email provides a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox, and unleashing a new era of productivity.
Name: Cal Newport
Past Publications: Digital Minimalism (Portfolio, 2019), Deep Work (Grand Central, 2016), So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Grand Central, 2012), How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005)
Attribution for photos: Penny Gray Photography
Bio: Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on our culture. Newport is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including A World Without Email, which argues that we need to radically reimagine work to move past the tyranny of constant communication, Digital Minimalism, which argues that we should be much more selective about the technologies we adopt in our personal lives, and Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace.
Newport’s work has been published in over 35 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Washington Post, and Economist. He regularly writes articles on these topics for a variety of outlets, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and his long-running blog Study Hacks, and discusses them in detail on his top-ranked Deep Questions podcast.
Past Awards / Honors:
Deep Work was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, an Amazon Best Business Book selection for January 2016, and 800-CEO-READ’s Best Business Book of the Week. Since publication, it received praise in the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Guardian.
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