(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.
- What kinds of tasks do you consider deep work? And how long do you dedicate to them?
- Do you play music while doing deep work?
- How do you re-focus on your deep work when you realize you have become distracted?
- What are the bigger distractions for you: interior ones like your thoughts or feelings, or exterior, like noises, other people, etc? Which are more challenging for you?
- How can you be less stressed while doing homework?
- Do you set a time limit for deep work or do you just go with the flow?
- How do you work from home?
- How can I have a better focus for deep work?
- How do I stay more consistent with my deep work or any other habit?
- What makes you work for the whole day? (Over eight hours constantly in the deep mindset)