How to Work Deeply

Updated: Apr 1


December 29th, 2021



David Peachment












 

How to Work Deeply



It can be very easy to get distracted while working. Our phone goes off, people and animals can interrupt us, and a medley of other distractions can pull us away from doing our work. Even after working for a bit, our minds can often wander to the notifications waiting on our phones, or we simply don’t feel like working. This can all be quite challenging when we want to get projects and tasks accomplished. So what is the remedy to this? Doing what is called “Deep Work.” Initially coined by the author Cal Newport, the idea of deep work has now become quite widespread. In this blog post, I’m going to detail a few ways to work deeply and accomplish what you want to get done.



Ritualize


The first step to doing deep work is to ritualize the process for doing it. This is comprised of three components. Firstly, you need to ritualize where you’ll work and how long. If you can work in the same place and for the same amount of time consistently, you’ll develop a habit, and your brain will associate that space and time with working distraction-free and concentrated. Secondly, how you’ll work once you start to work. What will you be focusing on? What type of work are you seeking to accomplish? And how will you set yourself up so you don’t have distractions? This can include things like leaving your cell phone in another room, putting a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, and whatever else can help you stay distraction-free. And thirdly, how you’ll support your work. Will you have adequate water/tea/coffee to keep you in the zone? Do you have any snacks with you in case you get hungry? You need to provide yourself with everything necessary to ensure you keep high energy throughout your deep work session.

Execute