Study Hacks Blog: On Monks and Email


Short and sweet.  Amen to Cal Newport’s latest post about thinking.

We hook people up to email inboxes and Slack channels because it’s convenient. We justify Twitter addictions on the grounds that we need to be “part of the conversation,” and compulsively post to Instagram to bolster our “social media brand.”

But few organizations think seriously about thinking, which, after all, really is the fundamental value-producing activity in knowledge work, just as divine communication was the metaphorical money-maker for the pious medievals.

The monks were on to something. Concentration is hard work. It requires, for lack of a better word, more serious attention.

Follow this link to read his 29 April 2019 blog post in its entirety.

Shalom (שלום), MAA