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Know how you spend your time

Know how you spend your time

We should track our habits to separate productive from unproductive time so we can spot patterns.

Adding routines and rituals to our day allows us to need our limited willpower less in order to maintain a state on unbroken concentration

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Achieving deep work requires intention

Achieving deep work requires intention

There are four strategies for achieving deep work:

  1. Monastic approach- this is eliminating all sources of distraction and secluding yourself like a monk.
  2. Bimodal approach- this is setting a cle...

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Quit work at the same time every day and leave work at work

Quit work at the same time every day and leave work at work

Cal Newport says that our brains need space to wind down every night. Newport quits work every day at 5:30pm, no work, no email, no to-do lists. 

It's important to set limits. When you know you have to quit work at a specific time, it allows you to focus more intensely during your working h...

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“If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.”

CAL NEWPORT

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Productive meditation can help us stay focused

The idea here is to use any downtime, such as when you are walking the dog or riding the subway or driving to work to do some deep thinking. You might try to use the time to solve a complex problem--Try to see sub-problems and break it down so you can solve it.

You can ask yourself action q...

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Multitasking and distraction are killing our productivity

Multitasking and distraction are killing our productivity

When we are task switching some of our attention is still thinking about the first task so we are only half-focused on the new task. 

Having social media and email tabs open on your browser allows their notifications to pop up on the screen, which is enough to derail our focus

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Having a ritual is essential for deep work

Having a ritual is essential for deep work

Despite the strategy you choose the important part to remember is the the key is consistency with that routine.

The difference between being in the zone and deep work is being in the zone happens by chance and after hours of procrastination but deep work is intentional and...

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"The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration."

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Put First Things First

Put First Things First

In order to manage ourselves effectively, we must put first things first. We must have the discipline to prioritize our day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.

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