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 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."
Develop a deep work schedule and routine: A systematic way of getting in that deep work mindset is to develop a routine in which you always perform the task in the same place and time, for a given time frame.
Work on what matters: At the end of the day, you should be acting like an executive, working towards your goals in a professional, consistent manner.
Accept laziness: While the results should lead to higher productivity levels, your ultimate goal is to have more time for yourself. Enjoy your “lazy” time".
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.