How to Use Deep Work to Ignite Your Productivity and Get More Done in Less Time
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What Deep Work Is
A process of performing “professional activities…in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” - Cal Newport
Historically, psychologists used to refer to deep work as “being in the flow."
The non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted, tend not to create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.
Recognizing our limited willpower
...is the first element of deep work.
That means you won’t have the mental discipline to stay concentrated on a single task unless you prepare your mind and environment to it.
Organize Your Deep Work
To work on what matters...
... is all about taking your existing time spent working and concentrating it to make the most out of it.
But it’s not that you have to do more things in less time. Instead, it’s about getting more out of the tasks you normally do by reducing distractions. Deep Work is about working smarter, not harder.
Concentrate Your Energy
Quit Social Media
But instead of denying their use completely, use the “Craftsman Approach to Tool Selection.” This means that you copy the way craftsman pick tools: they use the ones with positive impacts that outweigh the negative impacts if you are a Facebook Ads marketer, use Facebook. If you have found the use of LinkedIn helps you attract traffic and leads to your site, the same idea applies.
But if you can’t find a positive outcome from the use of a social media channel, quit it.
Eliminate Shallow Time
Become Hard to Reach
The strategy is effective for the simple reason that you’re forcing yourself to do your work — you give yourself no choice but to work.
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