(1) I designate a particular physical space for Deep Work—one with a couple of qualities similar to the space one might create for meditation (“a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted”). However, because meditation, for me, usually takes around ten minutes, a bedroom with the door closed suffices. For Deep Work, I try when I can to use a space outside my home, such as a library or a coffee shop (the Starbucks where I am is usually quiet enough; other coffee shops are not).
(2) To get started, I tell myself I only have to work for 25 minutes. Often once I get started, I can get into “the zone” and work for 45 minutes (sometimes longer if my schedule allows).
It all boils down to the mental preparation you put into your routine and the "why" of your wanting to do the deep work. If you have that clarification in your mind, the rest is easy to take care of.
Sometimes, if the train is not too crowded, I actually do the deep work while on commute. Sometimes Ido it before so Ican enjoy reading on the train.
- How to get motivation for the deep work habit?
- I need some focus and motivational quotes to help me get going.
- What’s a good time to do deep work. Morning, afternoon or evening?
- How to stop procrastinating?
- What do you do when you can’t focus?
- What do you consider as deep work?
- How do you increase the amount of deep work you do without getting distracted?
- What’s your idea of deep work? Does it need to be at a desk or can it be a sport ir house chore?
- How to I get motivated to work when I can easily just not do anything ?
- What do you for your Deep Work Habit if you are retired or otherwise don’t work outside the home?