I usually like to do something that may be a bit tedious or painstaking and put on an album I really like or have been meaning to try and just churn out the work. It flies by and I almost always finish the album :-). Also instrumentals/focus playlists on Spotify are helpful when I can’t be distracted by lyrics.
- Before I start working on a project, I get anxious before I’ve even begun. Do you know any tricks to stop this kind of defeatist attitude?
- How do I get myself to do my fabulous routines? Most of the time I just ignore the notifications because I’m doing something else like just playing video games or just sitting on the couch watching TV.
- How do you stop yourself from feeling overwhelmed by all you need to accomplish?
- How do you keep up with Fabulous?
- When the alarm goes off to finish the session, I immediately become distracted again. I start diving into all new stimuli I missed out on while in deep work (like new emails, etc.). How do I keep my focus when I don’t have an app timing me?
I create a schedule of all the things that need to be done in a given day (or week or whatever) and how long it will take to do them. Then I create a daily/hourly schedule of what I will do.
I have two projects that I am currently researching and starting and I work on whichever of the two I feel more compelled to work on. If you are not sure what you want to work on you could start with the question: what have I always wanted to learn? Or, is there anything missing from my life? And see where the deep work leads you. Good luck!
I always have work related documentation, preparation and reading to do to improve my clinical skills as a Speech Pathologist.
Time and Task, if I have a job that takes 30 minutes I aim for the 25 rather than the 45, as you will fill a gap, but suprise yourself as to how much you get done in a focused mode.
I choose a work where focus is needed, a slice of project-based activity or the reading of a document I need to understand deeply.
I tend to choose the one task that I really don't want to start because it scares me. This way I'm forced to take it on, and feel better by the end because I have come a long way from the starting point of the task. 😃
I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot because I read Cal Newport’s book in January. He talks at length about knowledge workers. But he neglects entirely hand work. What is deep work for a creative? Is it sketching, Adobe Illustrator, or sanding a block of wood. The digit/digital problem seems crucial to me. But I’m not clear how to balance the two modes of work. And this app, for example: is it just another contributor to digital attention pollution? Things I’ve been thinking about in my deep work.
I’m an Industrial Design MFA student.
I’m an Industrial Design MFA student.
- I prefer longer deep work sessions because I have read Cal Newport’s book Deep Work” . How do you customize the time and length of the deep work sessions?
- Do you try to tackle multiple small tasks or one large task during your deep work?
- My deep work is my secret project and I am my secret project to grow and heal. What are some ideas for other areas of deep work that could help me on my secret mission?
- What space do you set aside for yourself to do deep work?
- How do you get motivated to do something you have to do but dread doing??
- I feel like I have got used to the habit of distraction, especially when my phone is bymyside. Shall I leave it somewhere out of reach or try not be distracted while keeping it bymyside?
- What techniques do you use to build deep work habit?
- What do you do if you feel you’re working on something that might not be correct. As in writing an assignment but feel like you’re are doing it wrong or could work more productively?
- What is deep work really help to improve your life, how your feel?
- Do you ever get tempted by distractions ?